The Death of the Media: Because It’s Already #2016Redux

The Death of the Media

Breaking CNN!

I want to start this with a screengrab of a NYTimes Magazine article:

Cable news (and others, but mostly cable) immediately air Comrade Prznint Trump’s mewls, bleats, and dithers in full, often live; in the 2016 Goat Rodeo, they even broadcast long segments of his empty podium while waiting for him to appear rather than covering Clinton’s speeches.

In 2016, CNN notoriously gave the Russian Usurper something like $2B Ameros of free publicity. Zucker’s comment above is so cynical that I cannot help but notice that CNN is already doing it again.

Yesterday CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News all aired uninterrupted, 30+ minutes of Trump lying, rambling, and babbling. And then breathlessly repeated the lies and asked their powerhouse panels what they thought of the lies. And then they repeated the lies, debated the lies, and did everything but inject the lies into the veins of We The People.

CNN aired the Russian Usurper’s dissembling unedited, which gave him a massive platform to lie to the entire country.

Some news organizations (if you can call Fox News, well, news) still broadcast every Trump rally live, sometimes from beginning to end, and almost all of them broadcast Trump’s lies without challenge, have “powerhouse panels” with blown-dry blowhards pontificating in the shoutiest way possible that Both Sides Are Just As Bad. This isn’t news and for the love of dawg, this is not analysis. It is Zuckerism.

We are less informed because of Zuckerism. We are dumber because of Zuckerism. Zuckerism is hurting America.

I understand the hunger of the 24-hour news cycle that cable teevee faces, but this is a place where our technological progress is absolutely a setback from our broadcast networks. The old-school, broadcast networks must wait until the nightly news came on; it gives them time to reflect, check, and contextualize the news.

So Cable Networks, lemme ask you this: why not wait until reporters, fact checkers, and subject matter experts can review video of these Trump-induced idiotic wastes of time, let them report whatever relevant parts that might exist, and add context for viewers like us before rushing to broadcasting bullshit?

Come’on, do it for us.

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11 Responses to The Death of the Media: Because It’s Already #2016Redux

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    TG –
    When you say, “Viewers like us,” I take it you mean all 555 of us Scissorheads. If you want to get a bit more inclusive, I can think of a few groups I belong to on FB that would qualify, but that number still falls far short of us even becoming a drop in the bucket, when it comes audience size. I’d like to think there’s at least a few million of us, but if there are, they sure are quiet.

    No, these media mavens have fallen victim to their own pandering punditry, and until such time that the audience they’re aiming towards starts objecting, and calling for boycotts and the like, and advertisers announce their withdrawal, they won’t change their ways.

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  2. HarpoSnarx says:

    But, but, I won’t be able to get access to the White House Cesspool’s dinner! or something like that.

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  3. Truly this isn’t really ‘Zuckerism’; it’s the seamless degradation of consensual reality that’s been in play since the advent of ‘reality TV’.

    It was all fun and games laughing at fat nekkid men on the beach in ‘Survivor’, or catfights on ‘Real Housewives Of Wealthy Right-Wing Shitholes…’ but now we’re living in “‘The Apprentice: White House’ – This Time The Nukes Are Real!

    Kind of a reverse “Truman Show”…

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  4. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    They know who Lord and McInaney are because they always put them on, it’s a self fulfilling prophecy.

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  5. Ten Bears says:

    Not necessarily off-topic, but I used “goat rodeo” in a post today and got to thinking maybe that should be archived exclusive to 2016, and perhaps there is a need for the new rodeo that just kicked off. I’m a ones and zeros kind of guy, don’t grade the way you do so I put it to the community, what Rodeo will follow the 2016 Goat Rodeo?

    My two cents: snowflake. The 2020 Snowflake Rodeo.


  6. Bruce388 says:

    FatNixon’s babblings being shown to the public could be a good thing. I’m thinking of Captain Queeg’s meltdown during the court-martial in The Caine Mutiny.

    If enough people see FatNixon for the idiot he is, removal from office could happen a lot quicker.


    • tengrain says:

      I think whatever it is that he’s saying, Possum Hollar is nodding their noggins and agreeing with him, because their King is Butt Nekked and they know what that makes them.



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  8. paul fredine says:

    i know it’s cliche but if it bleeds it leads and at this point dumpy mcturd is hemorrhaging, granted not blood but lies and bullshit, that the fight is on to catch the goriest of the gore first and apologize later (unless you work for fox, then you just pretend it never happened or figure out some way to shift the blame to obama) if it ends up being proven they were complicit in helping spread incorrect information (classically known as lies).


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