Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Press Pivots to Election Mode

From the New York Times* today:

"F.B.I.’s Critique of Clinton Is Ready-Made Attack Ad...The F.B.I. director all but indicted two vital pillars of Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy: her judgment and competence."

Not a word about whether Trump's praise of Saddam Hussein for ignoring the rule of law in persecuting his opponents is a "ready made attack ad," or whether Trump's resorting to open Jew baiting is "a ready made attack ad."

If you are a Democrat, not being a fully professional IT person when you were Secretary of State is now a massive offense.  On the other hand, if you are a Republican, being a violent, hate filled, racist would-be dictator is just fine.

Once again, the rules under which every Presidential campaign, at least since 1980, has been conducted are reasserting themselves.  And I don't want to hear one stupid so-called liberal commentator with their usual analysis that people just love the horse race, or that reporters are just traumatized by the right.  In the end, the press always, and I mean always works to smear the Democrats and cover up the grotesque unsuitability of the Republicans.  It has given us a near depression, the worst military blunder in this country, an obsession with utterly irrelevant issues while people's real needs get ignored, and it is bringing the United States to the brink of collapse.  But the mainstream press is owned by the rich, thanks to Reagan and deregulation, and they are going to use it to promote their usual shortsighted conception of their own financial interests, even when they know what disasters they are enabling.

This, like the gerrymandering permitted by a corrupt Republican majority on the Supreme Court, like the licensing of open corporate corruption on a massive scale in our electoral process, and by a thousand other criminal acts on the part of Republicans, is the essence of political life in the United States.  We may be able to win elections once in a while, particularly if Republicans overplay their hands like they are doing this time around, but in the end, I just don't see how we free ourselves from this million pound weight sitting on our backs and destroying us step by step.

* The Times doesn't get a link for this kind of disgusting Republican cheerleading, any more than the people I quote in Wingnut Wrapup do.

1 comment:

Poll P. said...

I agree. That headline was making my head explode.