If you walked away from this week's "debate" hellscape gasping like a gaffed trout and wondering what the fuck you just saw, well I'm sorry be the one to break it to you, but you're about 40 years late to the circus.
...Run the racists off the ranch, and who would stuff all the envelopes and staff the phone banks? Write all those lovely checks and boom down from the pulpit at the chittering inbreeders, that if they vote for a Democrat, they’ll burn in Hell with the Fags and the Feminazis?Face it, without the Segregationists, the Dominionists, the Neocon Imperialists and the rest of nutjobs that pack the extreme Right Wing of Bedlam, the GOP could no more win an election than Michael Jackson could lose a celebrity trial.For all of their posturing, every day they become more and more nothing but the Party Of Jefferson Davis…in bad drag.
It took the convergence of many toxic rivers to create the flood that killed the free press. There was Reagan gutting the Fairness Doctrine. There was the success Roger Ailes finally achieved (after a couple of abortive attempts) at turning "news" into an extremely lucrative political PornHub for octogenarian wingnuts and, more broadly, there was the creation of a Right Wing Media Hate Machine so loud and so profitable and with an audience of so many tens of millions that it was able to bulldoze its way into Beltway respectability. There was ascension of the profit motive at media corporations until it blotted out all other considerations, which was accompanied by those corporations pivoting from at least nominally regarding their audience as citizens in a democracy who needed to be informed about the critical issues of the day, to seeing them as advertiser fodder whose attention needed to be retained as long as possible by any means necessary.
Dear America: You are waking up, as Germany once did, to the awareness that 1/3 of your people would kill another 1/3, while 1/3 watches.— Werner Twertzog (@WernerTwertzog) August 23, 2017
...What the past +30 years has proven beyond any doubt it that neither the mainstream media nor the Great Wad of the general public are ever going to accept the fact that the reason this country is so deeply broken is because one of our two major political parties -- the Republican Party -- is a mob of bigots and imbeciles led by ghouls, grifters and demagogues. The very idea offends the general public way down deep. At the spiritual level; the place where they still hold the Myth of America so dear that the very idea that +60M of their fellow Americans really are a rabble of brain-dead racists who actively hate this country is literally inconceivable to them.
And so they will flee to anyone, anywhere who will spin them a comforting fairy tale that holds the terrible truth at bay, which is why the Great Wad will always cling to the Both Sides Do It lie like grim death.
Because brothers and sisters, it is an awesome lie! The very best kind of lie! A lie that lets lazy people feel smart and well-informed and righteous while at the same time absolving them of thinking any scary thoughts or taking any meaningful action of any kind.
This is why the mainstream media will never stop feeding the public the comforting lies they wish to believe instead of shocking them with uncomfortable realities they do not want to face. Because money is the engine that drives the media. Dollars. Specifically, advertising dollars. And advertising is based on one thing.
False “both sides” framing contaminates post-debate headlines
Andrea Mitchell just asked if Joe Biden crossed the line by calling trump a clown and telling him to shut up, but Trump threatening election site violence and Proud Boy reprisal murders is just Trump being Trump.— Radio Justice 📻🎙⚖ (@justiceputnam) September 30, 2020
“There was fault on both sides,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who is facing a tough reelection contest, told reporters on Wednesday. “The interrupting on both sides, the name-calling was very unbecoming for a presidential debate.”— Joe Rhodes (@earlkabong) October 1, 2020
And as I look back on what I've written today, I can't think of a more appropriate way to close this out than borrowing the last couple of paragraphs from the obituary I wrote on the occasion of the death of David Broder ("Death of the Anti-Gonzo"). Which, if your can believe it. was picked up and linked at Vanity Fair because back in 2011 such a thing was still possible for disreputable Liberal bloggers like me.
...Sorry, Politico, but however much of a legend his hard, on-the-ground, sandal-leather reporting on what the Average Roman thought about the first Punic War ("Hiero II of Syracuse shoulda listened to his general onna ground!") may be, David Broder's lasting legacy is ultimately a tragic one.For against the tide of imaginary of dirty hippies who were forever plotting to mess up his lawn, and in the name of an idolatrous worship of the God of Fake Objectivity, the Dean of the Washington press corps' most enduring contribution to his profession has been as the Patient Zero of a lethal strain of syphilitic Villager Centrism which may be more responsible than any other single factor in all-but wiping out anything resembling honest national political journalism in America.And that is the definition of tragedy.