Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Still At It with the Excuses

Today's example, Josh Marshall, at Talking Points Memo, summing up the point he is trying to make in this rambling apologia for the press:

"Mainstream media journalists simply lack the tool set to deal with a candidate like Trump."

They don't?  As far as I can tell, the only "tool set" they require is some minimal respect for the truth, and an ability to feel a bit of outrage at the thought of collaborating in the effort to put a lying, racist bully in charge of the country.  And that is a tool set which every marginally decent person on earth has.

There, Josh.  I managed to make my point in just a couple of sentences, not two thousand words.  And it has the virtue of being true, instead of being another weak attempt to deny what is really going on.  The mainstream press is owned by Republicans, and it exists to push Republican candidates and Republican schemes.  It hires people who are willing to do that by any means necessary.  The world is filled with characters who will sell their souls for a comfortable job, and that is what is going on here, not a bunch of over-educated fools that just can't get their minds around the idea that there is a difference between truth and falsity.

3 comments:

Poll P. said...

Damn straight!

Magpie said...

There is a template.

First you admit things under the Obama admin are sort of getting better, then point to some area where they are not getting better quite as fast, or things are less that utterly Pollyanna perfect, then you imply this justifies dissatisfaction in general, and make that the reason to validate Trump drawing support from anyone.

"While the economy is moving in the right direction, the real incomes of most American households are smaller than in the late 1990s, and Donald J. Trump’s message of economic decay is resonating." - NY Times. Today.

Yes smaller than the late 1990s prior to the last Republican administration and their near depression.

"Resonating"? Yes, it makes an unholy din as it echoing around the vacant minds of utter morons.

The closing remarks of this article: "Ms. Flynn said she planned to vote for Mr. Trump. She said she had liked Mr. Trump ever since watching his television show, “The Apprentice,” and she believes him when he says he can “make America great again.” “That’s a bygone era, that’s when America was great,” Ms. Flynn said of her parent’s generation. “It hasn’t been like that for me.”

Where is the bit about Ms. Flynn being fucking stupid?

Marc said...

For the most part, there is no national press anymore. They are media personnel, out there to drum up ratings for their networks. Investigative work, facts, and challenging the status quo are not their gig - getting ratings and getting favorable attention from the folks with the money (who control the 'news' organizations) is what it's all about. "Reality" TV is the blueprint, because most of the populace has the attention span of a goldfish.

Say the words "Jade Helm', and most of the folks who were desperately wanting President Obama to deny his dastardly plans of shipping folks off to Walmart FEMA Camps via underground tunnels would claim no memory of such a thing. Ok, I will admit "Apology Tour" may get some lightbulbs to flicker, but not many. Threat Level charts were just part of the theater to keep folks on the edge of their seats wondering what will happen in the next thrilling installment of "Who/What to Fear Now!", produced by Cheney & Bush, Inc. for the lapdogs in the press to hype.

The late Hunter S. Thompson had a great quote; "As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity."