The Media Has Failed Us, Time To Take Action

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.

Shit Got RealAnd then, shit got real. Trump somehow secured the nomination.

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:

NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

CBS News
524 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

ABC News
47 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554

 (Copy them on any correspondence to the networks)

Many thanks for all you do,

Tengrain & the many contributors past and present who’ve been urging this.

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10 Responses to The Media Has Failed Us, Time To Take Action

  1. DarkStar says:

    The media has failed us.
    Who knows if it was the repeal of the fairness doctrine, the revocation of free air time for the evening news on all major networks (at the time there were only three), or that the news industry was taken over by profit minded investors. The fact is our news media, which enjoys the freedom of the first amendment, is more interested in making money than reporting real news. They have also fallen into the false assertion that to point out actual flaws or discrepancies in an individual or group is to be biased against that person or group. This gives cover to the most undesirable elements of our society and after a time they feel empowered enough to come out into the light of discourse and spew their intolerable hate and insanity. Knowing that any opposition to them can be played off as discrimination against them. All while those charged with protecting and reporting the truth abdicate their responsibilities in the name of the almighty dollar.
    The importance of an informed public was something the founding fathers took very seriously. They understood how easily manipulated a flock of sheep is compared to a flock of rams.
    Take back our right to the truth, take back our media.

    I am sending separate letters to each listing above.


  2. moeman says:

    Awesome TenG!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. We’re living in a strange world in which a lot of experts and “respectable” class folks have been revealed to be charlatans. This has allowed weirdos to claim that anybody’s position on anything is as valid as the experts. Which, not to be an elitist, isn’t true.

    If I quote the New York Times, Trumpeters are going to laugh and quote breitbart or something back at me as a counter argument. No matter what sort of problems NYT has, those two hints are not equivalents.

    Wake me up when Hollow Earth Theory goes mainstream.


  4. CalicoJack says:

    When I was much younger, you know 30+ years ago, I read in the NY Times Sunday Book Review about a novella in which a Pittsburgh plumber was hauled before an intergalactic war crimes tribunal and indicted for not having done anything to stop the nuclear holocaust that destroyed the planet. He kept saying, “But, I’m only a plumber.” I think of that review often wishing I had read the book. What will you say ten years from now when asked what you did to stop the rise of fascist totalitarianism?

    I’ve written extensively about how Trump’s rhetoric normalizes the toxicity of reactionary racism. You might enjoy some of those posts:

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  5. I’m going to link to this in my little corner blog because I think it’s important that we let our voices be heard. I would encourage other bloggers to do the same. Thanks for helping lead the charge.

    Liked by 2 people

    • tengrain says:

      My pleasure and welcome to MPS, it is good to have you with us.

      I’ve enjoyed Hackwhackers and have linked to your blog before from Crooks and Liars.

      Scissorheads – here’s the link to Hackwhackers post.




  6. sad says:

    “…he is the Right.”
    Conservatives make up “the right”.
    I’m guessing you are better at conducting social conflict operations then I am. Hell, you probably call it politics.
    Still, you should properly identify your opponents. Even if you don’t call them enemies, you still have to defeat them.
    If you are liberal… Honestly I can’t tell. If you are liberal then your opponents are conservatives.
    Mayby you’re right to not say that openly… To call them; The Right, Alt Right, Bigots, Fascists, Republicans, Whatever… I don’t know.
    But the people you’ve been complaining about all these years are conservatives. So, maby you’re liberal. And I’m sure you’re more capable then I.


  7. apacapacas says:

    One doesn’t have to be a liberal to see where Trumplestiltskin is leading the U.S. One has only to watch HIS ads and HIS speeches and HIS free-tv-time to find out what he’s all about, what he wants for America, and what utter and shameless fools Americans would be to vote for him in November. (face-palm/shaking-my-head/crying-out-loud/all-at-once


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