The Death of the Media
Just to add evidence to our argument that the Villagers are giving The Russian Usurper a pass, Axios’ morning email thingie gives us some startling support:
“In our lifetime, no president has matched Donald Trump’s ability to summon the power of pulpit + friendly media + the tweet-by-tweet power of repetition and persuasion to move minds en mass, Axios CEO Jim VandeHei writes:
“You see this in the silence of Republican critics; the instant shifts in GOP views of the FBI, Putin and deficits; and the quick, widespread adoption of his branding efforts around “deep state,” “Spygate” and “no collusion.”
“We hear so much, so often that we become numb to what Trump is doing. This allows big things (such as fundamental shifts in governing norms) to seem like small things or nothing at all.
“Why this matters … Trump and allies are floating untested legal arguments: The president can’t obstruct justice, or can unilaterally shut down probes of himself, or can even pardon himself. If you think he won’t try something unprecedented — and maybe get away with it, at least with Republicans — you aren’t paying attention…
“A case in point on being numb: Trump’s retaliation against Amazon.
“He threatened the company behind the scenes, then publicly, while privately pushing U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double Amazon’s package rates.
“This was quickly forgotten even though it’s highly abnormal for presidents to use their voice and power to pick on one specific public company using misleading data points. “
OK, Buttercup, so what are you doing about it? Seems like you have a pretty big megaphone there. Are you going to shift strategies and stick to reporting these startling attacks on our democracy or resort to distraction with courtesan gossip and celebrity trivia…
“A surprise “Star Wars” flop … “Solo” is crashing at light speed, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Erich Schwartzel (free link):
“‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ which cost more than $250 million to produce, will likely finish its domestic run below $200 million — a once unfathomable performance for the ‘Star Wars’ spinoff about beloved character Han Solo.”
Why it matters: The disappointing box office seems to “signal wavering support among fans for how Disney is treating the storied franchise.”
…and that’s how they conclude the newsletter. I guess we have our answer.