Monday, February 20, 2017

A One NordicTrak Mind


President Trump’s question (if we heard “about Sweden?”) sent Joe Scarborough into another of his “Where’s Waldo?” phases. Again. Right after the president’s speech, my television was swamped, on all the cable channels, with Sweden. And now, even Sweden itself is getting in on the act, repellently slithering out on their liberal socialist bellies, to question what the president “meant."

Of course, it was the media that wrongly implied the president was discussing a terrorist attack in Sweden. But, the media’s not reporting that mistake (?), made from multiple outlets, with any vigor what-so-ever. Why not? That’s easy: because facts, schmacts, they’re just giving us the juice.

It was only a week ago, that CNN’s Brian Stelter was told by The Hollywood Reporter’s media critic, Michael Wolfe, that he and the mainstream media, both, were “having a nervous breakdown” and “bordering on the ridiculous.” But it’s had no effect. If anything, the media is getting worse by the day. 

Anyone with unbiased eyes can see, neither the mainstream media, nor the Democrats (but I repeat myself) are taking their desperate need for a political autopsy seriously, deciding instead that the same reporters, badly keeping up with events (by wrongly framing them) is the more urgent job right now. It’s not. We don’t trust them. Not Trump – the media. The same media, who are – constantly, incessantly - telling us how utterly vital and important they consider themselves. That’s the utterly vital and important - and immediate -“news” we expect them to be dealing with. And they refuse.

The election of November 8th, 2016 made many points clear, but, as regards the media, two of them stand out: A) the media’s power is not omnipotent, because the American people no longer believe them, and B) the American people no longer believe them because their so-called “information” (like Hillary can’t lose) isn’t correct. In other words, the American people are onto the media’s rigged game, of ubiquitousness and bias, and we tune it out completely. That’s one reason we have President Trump when the media said it was impossible. It’s the media that’s being impossible.

The American people elected President Trump. And did so, seemingly, understanding President Trump clearly. So, if that’s the case, what’s the media’s problem with describing a speech? Why must I stare at my television, night after night, in total disbelief of what I’m hearing the president said – from someone else’s mouth – after I heard what he said, for myself, and that ain’t it? And how does Sweden get picked out - for multiple outlets - to become the focal point of a “free press”? (Are the editors on an open call somewhere, deciding side-by-side photos of the Obama/Trump Inaugurations are going to assault the public all morning wherever they look, or is that just happenstance?) And, if members of the American media can’t translate American, to Americans, then why do they hold the positions they do?

Why am I stuck each night wondering what it is the media – not the president - means?

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