Our Failed Media

MPS: Fighting agains the Squirrel of the Day!

I’m beginning to think that the first thing that Mike Allen at Axios reads in the morning must be Scissorhead Osirsopto’s comments, because the email thingie goes deep into what O has been saying for a long while: Our Circus-Barker-In-Chief distracts the media so that his minions and toadies can do the real damage without scrutiny.

Let’s check in:

“…And today, [the Administration] will freeze federal fuel efficiency standards, undermining Obama’s goal of making them progressively tougher.

“The details on the fuel rollback, from energy columnist Amy Harder:

“The proposal includes a range of options, but the administration’s preferred one is the most aggressive: Freezing the standards at 35 miles per gallon in 2020 for six years, instead of rising to 50 mpg under Obama’s plan.

“It would also revoke a federal waiver California has to issue tougher standards, which a dozen states also follow. The rollback goes further than most automakers have said they want.

“Between the lines: Early in Trump’s administration, business urged him to slow down on deregulating, stressing that narrow regulation is better than none in a changing political climate. Today’s announcement is one of the starkest signs that Trump is throwing that advice out the window — and inviting lawsuits and regulatory uncertainty.”

But wait! There’s more!

“The administration is allowing the sale of health insurance plans that undermine some of the main rules of the Affordable Care Act.

“The details on the health care rule, from health care editor Sam Baker:

“HHS finalized new rules yesterday that expand access to inexpensive, bare-bones insurance plans that don’t have to comply with the rest of the ACA’s rules. They’re technically “short-term” plans, but they can be renewed for up to three years.

“This isn’t the only swipe the Trump administration has taken against Obama’s health care law since the repeal effort failed:

“The administration has also expanded access to other forms of non-ACA coverage.

“Plus, it has slashed the budgets for programs that promote enrollment.

“Congressional Republicans nullified the law’s individual mandate, and now the Justice Department is using that move to try to knock out pre-existing condition protections.

“None of those cuts are fatal in isolation. But they’re not happening that way: Each one will pull a few more healthy people out of the ACA’s insurance markets.”

The point that Axios is making is actually really good: The Fourth Reich is wreaking havoc through rule-making and de-regulating and cable news networks are distracted by Comrade Trump’s teevee lawyer Wrong-Again Rudy’s latest hare-brained legal theories and Comrade Stupid’s latest tweeter-twattering.

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5 Responses to Our Failed Media

  1. cable news networks are distracted by distracting us with Comrade Trump’s teevee lawyer Wrong-Again Rudy’s latest hare-brained legal theories and Comrade Stupid’s latest tweeter-twattering.

    There, FTFY, sadly. The owners of all those cable news networks are perfectly happy with the Fourth Rich gotting regulations and screwing we the people….

    We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blond
    Who comes on at five
    She can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
    It’s interesting when people die
    Give us dirty laundry

    Can we film the operation?
    Is the head dead yet?
    You know, the boys in the newsroom got a running bet
    Get the widow on the set!
    We need dirty laundry

    You don’t really need to find out what’s going on
    You don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone
    Just leave well enough alone
    Eat your dirty laundry

    “Dirty Laundry” by Don Henley, in 19-freaking-82
    Plus ca change, baybee, plus ca change….

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    • ming says:

      Zappa was on it in 1973.

      I am gross and perverted
      I’m obsessed n deranged
      I have existed for years
      But very little had changed
      I am the tool of the government
      And industry too
      For I am destined to rule
      And regulate you

      I may be vile and pernicious
      But you can’t look away
      I make you think I’m delicious
      With the stuff that I say
      I am the best you can get
      Have you guessed me yet?
      I am the slime oozing out
      From your tv set

      You will obey me while I lead you
      And eat the garbage that I feed you
      Until the day that we don’t need you
      Don’t got for help…no one will heed you
      Your mind is totally controlled
      It has been stuffed into my mold
      And you will do as you are told
      Until the rights to you are sold

      That’s right, folks..
      Don’t touch that dial

      Well, I am the slime from your video
      Oozing along on your living room floor

      I am the slime from your video
      Cant stop the slime, people, look it me go

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  3. AuroraS says:

    They fuck with budgets and cut resources because “government is bloated and wasteful”, then when things slow down to sub-glacial speeds because the resources and skeleton crew are stretched too thin, they say, “See! Toldya so!!! Government can’t get anything done! Capitalism and trickle-down economics to the rescue!!”…which “proves their point”, then it’s done as nauseum until the program implodes from within.


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