And so I see it today. Americans are again polarized into 2 camps, basically. But the press seems far more interested in fanning the flames than it does in reporting the news without bias, which, when you think about it, just the news you choose to report is bias in itself.
With all the rallies and speeches happening, with some candidates even walking picket lines with workers or explaining difficult foreign policy positions, news outlets would ofter prefer to report on stories such as Donald Trump lying about a telephone call he made – pretending to be his own publicist – which he originally lied about and then admitted it was him.
In other words, he lied about it, then admitted it, then years later (now) lied about it again.
His supporters don’t care. All his supporters care about is Trump’s promise that he will enact xenophobic, anti-Muslim, racist policies, and build a wall. Everyone who opposes him, he will basically attempt to destroy in one way or another, which is a right-winger’s most precious dream. He comes off as a cross between Godzilla and Hitler.
The American people are not served well by news outlets who joke and laugh about Trump’s gaffes while ignoring the dangerous aspects of his campaign – such as the lack of knowledgable advisors, his obvious lack of education in history/civics/foreign policy/the Constitution, and the reaction the rest of the world has to this frontrunner for the Republican Party (very few stories on European leaders’ opinions of him).
The idea that Americans, in general, will find this vetting of Trump “boring” is, again, the fault of the media mostly. Yes, a lot of people do not watch C-SPAN, which often has unedited hours of Congress doing absolutely nothing, or has call-in shows that are alarmingly starting to sound more like “rednecks spewing hate” on the “Republican” and “Independent” phone lines set up to let viewers air their opinions.
CNN tries so hard to be “cordial” to its guests that we are either treated to hosts apologizing to audience members, arguing with them, or failing to reign in their guests when they start yelling at each other (or yelling at the audience).
There has got to be a middle here between “mind-numbingly boring” and “yelling your opinions”, but so far I see very little of that.
I keep waiting for someone to nail down Trump on his positions on things – how he intends to carry out his
batshit crazy ideas, why he flip-flopped on particular issues (that in itself could be a whole show), and quizzing him on his knowledge of civics and the Constitution. Really making him answer the questions. Not falling for his baiting, not letting him change the subject, not letting him state he “never said that”.
In my opinion, this is the only way that Trump can be exposed for who he really is: a businessman who does not have the knowledge, wisdom, or education to hold any public office. To paraphrase our president, “he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
People would run out of a doctor’s office if he/she said, “Well I’ve never set a leg before, but I had a broken leg once and what the doctor did looked easy, so let’s give it a shot!” Yet putting someone in power whose only assertion is he “can do it better than anyone” just because he has watched – or, has he even watched? I don’t know – some politician, somewhere, do something is the height of foolishness.
I guess the Democratic Party candidate might try to make Trump answer questions about his policies, in debates, but that’s assuming Trump even decides he wants to show up to debates. After all, he pretty much is the leader of the Republican Party at this point, so who’s to say he won’t just refuse to show up? What is anyone going to do about it?
And if he does show up, is there a moderator out there who will have the courage to reign things in when Trump tries his name-calling evasion tactics? Or will they just let him make up names for the other candidate, spew lies, and try to bully even the moderator?
I think we’re going to have to re-think the way we deal with candidates, folks, for the good of the country.
Weird news this week comes from Channel 4 NBC website. It’s a “weird and wonderful” kind of thing:
Yes, it’s a pizza box made from a pizza crust. Yum! (“NYC Pizzeria Introduces Pizza-Made Pizza Box”, R. Darren Price and Ben Feuerherd, Channel 4 NBC website, 4/282016). Ok, it costs $40 but if you really want it and are in the area, I think a trip to Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Williamsburg, Brooklyn would be well worth it.
Recommendation for the week: I’ve read a few books this week, but didn’t feel any of them were good enough to recommend. For TV, I would recommend “Democracy Now!” on Free Speech TV, and other programs that they show. They tend to show news that other channels don’t, like environmental news and specials on problems like fracking (which is a big problem here in Pennsylvania). It’s slanted to the left, and one of the pundits can kind of get a little preachy, but it’s packed full of information and generally a pretty good source for little-heard news.
Be good. Be kind. Be well.