The Media has empowered the stupid:
When conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is crowing that InfoWars has gone mainstream, you can thank Donald Trump, but you should also thank our Media for rationalizing his brand of crap. He’s being taken seriously, as is Hugh Hewitt, as is Breitbart. This is insane.
Scissorheads, let’s be serious for a moment. We cannot forever sit back and mock the short-fingered vulgarian. We must do more than merely spitball the pontificating poltroons in the media. We need to take action.
In email discussions with some of our long-standing unindicted co-conspirators here at Mock, Paper, Scissors, we’ve concluded that it is both astonishing and frustrating that the actions, tone and words of Donald Trump is being acknowledged and treated as normal or acceptable or tolerable by many of our media institutions.
It started off innocently enough when Trump descended down the golden escalator. It was funny, a pompous, mango-hued shitgibbon, unqualified in every way, throwing his hat into the ring. Our media took it in stride, and in our best tradition, we Scissorheads aimed at spitballs and made a few hits.
The Media then sold a ton of ads as the GOP debates marched on, and the novelty of a Vulgar Talking Yam gave them all boffo ratings. Why would they kill off the golden goose, you know, mid-egg? Trump was appearing every night on channels up and down the dial and on cable news shows too. He didn’t even have to appear in person in the studios, they let him literally phone it in from his jet plane. Everyone was making book that he would be out as soon as shit got real.
Charlie Pierce at Esquire talks about the Republicans having a prion disease from eating monkey brains in the ’80s, but Donald Trump presents a very dangerous fascist/racist/misogynist mindset that has always been present in our politics but never metastasized in my lifetime. Pierce is ahead of the curve once again.
Our pal Driftglass, much to his credit, has long said that Trump is not a symptom of the Right, he is the Right. They elected him.
The Media (including broadcast, cable, newspapers, wire services, digital etc.) seem unable or unwilling to grasp and discuss the gravity of the situation the nomination of Donald Trump is presenting and the dangerous road it is leading us down.
To many media outlets Trump’s rise to the nomination is just another lap on the track in the news story cycle known as the Presidential horse race.
How would any reporter or journalist reply to the questions:
- What, if anything, would you do differently in your work if you perceived that a dangerous fascistic and tyrannical force was rising in power and influence in this country?”
What do you think it would or could look like?
What shape would it take?
What words would have to be said?
- Do you assume that if it didn’t look exactly like what has happened elsewhere in the world in history (Germany 1933, Russia 1917, Korea post-WWII), then there’s nothing to worry about?
- Would you have the courage to call it out for what it is and what many people are fearing it could be? Or would you do what you are pretty much doing now, which is play the false equivalence/horse race game and pretend it could never happen here?
I think we all know the sad answer to those questions. We’ve postulated before that as a nation we cannot stand half Fox and half free, and now the entire media apparatus has gone Fox or at best Fox-Lite.
I urge you to send actual, snail mail letters to the major networks and complain about their coverage and their role in the rise to fascism, and if you think that any anchor is in the bag for Trump (cough *Chuck Todd* cough), name him or her:
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
524 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
47 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
Many thanks for all you do,
Tengrain & the many contributors past and present who’ve been urging this.