The biggest smokescreen of this year is the Clinton campaign's argument that the WikiLeaks are altered by the Russians who snared them to affect the US election.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in a 2006 manifesto, said then he wanted to infiltrate the two parties with a goal of undermining their legitimacy....All long before Putin became a campaign issue.
Now it looks like the US will launch a cyber war to help legitimize the Clinton claims.
On this issue of Donald Trump claiming the election is rigged. It's not rigged in the sense of someone stuffing a ballot box (although that can happen); It's the complete coopting of media committed to the goal of stopping what they are convinced is a threat more pernicious than the notion of being fair and balanced.
In fairness, this notion of unbiased media is a more recent concept as a handful of corporate media gatekeepers came to dominate the market in the last century.
In some ways technology is bringing back to the old days.
People ask me every dayi f I think Trump has a chance.....I say no as he just isn't likeable enough and despite his opponent's weakness, Mr. Trump has piled up too many petty controversies and dumb statements to go with the many appealing aspects of his candidacy.
The party of the takers has 45% to start with, and in this race that's enough. Plus a lot of the well to do makers are now siding with the takers.