Maybe our news media’s problem is one of projection. They can’t walk & chew gum at the same time so they assume Democrats can’t and citizens can’t.
But, thing is, anyone who isn’t a journalist CAN do two things at once. Some of us can even hold two conflicting thoughts in our heads without our heads exploding.
Because our news media insists on seeing EVERYTHING through a political lens (even if the thing they’re looking at ISN’T political), they assume everyone DOES everything for political reasons. The reason Democrats have vehemently opposed Trump more than any other Republican in their lifetimes isn’t because he’s a Republican. It’s because he’s corrupt. It’s because he’s a racist. And a rapist. And a con man. And a criminal with a history of laundering Russian mob money. And a TRAITOR.
All of those are facts about Donald Trump. One could, being completely apolitical, object to Trump on each of those grounds. One could object to Trump on ALL of them — and STILL not be “political”.
It’s galling to be told your motive is one thing when it’s not that thing at all. It’s even more galling when the people insisting you’re being political hold a megaphone — as the MSM does.
Democrats object to Trump because he called Mexicans rapists. Because he boasts about grabbing pussies. Because he (clearly) lies on his taxes. Because he violated his oath of office the instant he took it. Because his relationship with Russia isn’t just “dodgy” or “suspect”, it’s flat out TREASONOUS.
Democrats object to Trump because he lies almost every time he opens his mouth. Democrats object to Trump because he treats the Constitution and The Rule Of Law like asswipe.
Not only don’t both sides “do” what Donald Trump is doing to America and our whole way of life — both sides don’t “approve” of it either. Because putting children in cages or profiting off our foreign policy or conspiring to murder journalists or calling the press “enemies of the people” etc etc etc is immoral and disgusting.
Insisting that the Democrats are prosecuting Trump for purely political reasons is insulting to every patriotic American. It takes a criminal’s framing of his crime and makes IT the norm. Those going after the criminal are suddenly the suspects. Every time the American press repeats anything Trump says without vetting the hell out of it first, they’re setting “Both Sides Do It” in concrete.
Bottom line — the MAJORITY of Americans didn’t vote for Trump and do not want Trumpism in any way, shape or form. Trump’s base is a fraction of the Republican party (who themselves are only 24% of the American electorate). The American news media is so far out of whack that they continue to insist that 16% of the electorate equals the 55% who (per Quinnipiac) want to see Trump impeached.
The American news media still insist that Trump “won” election 2016 fairly & squarely. That’s completely false of course. And if you don’t (or can’t) see election 2016 as stolen — and NOT representing the will of the American people — then the “both sides” you see doing it, aren’t the sides that are actually present — or doing it.
A core question we each have to wrestle with: what’s our personal relationship with “The Truth”? You know what I mean — the TRUTH: the stuff we know about ourselves (being ourselves) that no one else could ever know or will ever know. The stone, cold TRUTH we all know down deep. Who we really are, what we really want, why we’re really miserable.
Now let’s talk about the Truth we’ll talk about.
We can all see the scene in our heads. Still — it’s so compelling — let’s watch it together:
Great speech. It perfectly encapsulates the yin-yang of what we wish it took to have order and what it really takes to have order.
The Truth, in sausage terms: no one ever walks away from a sausage factory feeling good about sausage.
A couple of cold, very hard Truths are staring us in the face as we all sit here: Donald Trump is a flat out traitor. That’s A Truth. Serious people loathe to even think the word “treason” have entertained the idea that Donald Trump isn’t some hyperbolic traitor, he’s a very real one. They’re not doing that because of politics. They’re doing it because of treason.
There’s a strange thing the news media does along these lines. In their need to be even-handed, letting their readers decide, they’ll give Trump the benefit of the doubt (still) that everything he does has some actual relationship to his being president — ignoring that he’s never, at any time during his presidency, acted “presidential”. Trump is always reported as if yesterday’s outrages, like those from the days before, never happened. He woke up this morning a normal potus doing normal potus things.
Except, of course, he didn’t. Still — of the three possibilities that could explain the past 3+ years — he’s completely innocent is one possibility. In the abstract.
Second possibility: He’s kinda guilty — some combination of bad intent and stupidity that explains away continuing acts of criminal behavior and obstruction of justice. From an odds point of view — you’d at least figure the explanation for everything could live here. In quasi-guilt.
But there is a third possibility — the one our MSM won’t ever go near — even though it’s very definitely a possibility, too: Donald Trump is completely guilty.
Let’s pretend this was a murder instead of treason. Let’s say Trump actually shot one of his supporters — just like he keeps promising to do.
We have Trump saying he could do it. We have the murder weapon. We have Trump’s bloated, orange fingerprints all over the weapon. We have a murder victim. We have everything we need to say a crime was committed. But our MSM would look at all the evidence and insist no one could know for sure if a crime was committed or even if the dead guy was really dead.
What’s wrong with the Truth?
That’s what every day feels like. Turn on the news — hear Trump’s latest treasonous behavior — hear the news media act as if Trump’s just a slightly unusual potus being potus in a slightly unusual way. No — that’s not it at all. He’s not unusual — he’s a criminal who didn’t “win” an election, he got Russia to steal it for him. Literally.
When Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson was called before the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee (August 22, 2017 — they were trying to undermine the Steele Dossier but failed), he described how Fusion, before getting too deep into the oppo work the conservative, Jebb Bush-supporting Washington Free Beacon had hired them to do, did its “due diligence”: they got ahold of every piece of publicly available material on Donald Trump — be it book, magazine, radio interview or TV appearance. They got it from Amazon, from used book stores and even from Amazon. What Fusion found there — in material anyone could get their hands on — convinced them that Trump had been laundering Russian mob money through his Atlantic City casinos. That, Simpson testified, is why Fusion sought out Chris Steele, former head of the Russia desk at Britain’s MI6.
The Truth has always stared at us with a moon face: Trump is a traitor. He’s a criminal. So’s the rest of his family. So’s the rest of his administration. How much criminality does one have to witness, read about or have rubbed in one’s nose before you’re allowed to fight back?
Okay — the Truth is: Donald Trump is a traitor who betrayed the nation. The Truth is without Russia’s direct assistance, Donald Trump is not POTUS, Hillary Clinton is. Let’s start there: Donald Trump is not now and never has been the legitimate POTUS. If it violates the Rule Of Law to cheat to become POTUS then Trump’s cheating disqualifies him.
If Trump cheated to become POTUS then he won nothing. Having not won the presidency, he was never authorized to 1) take the oath of office or 2) execute any part of his Constitutional because he wasn’t POTUS. Trump had no more right to pick judges than I do. He has no more right today. He’s not actually POTUS.
The Rule Of Law is pretty simple in its fundamentals: It either is or it isn’t. You can’t have 90% of the Rule of Law (what would the other 10% be — organized chaos?) just like you can’t have 90% of your integrity. Is v isn’t.
If the Rule Of Law IS then The Truth is even that much more important. It’s the one thing we should all be able to agree on.
America won’t like any of the Truth they’re about to hear about Donald Trump. It won’t get any better than it already is.
But I bet America handles the Truth about Trump just fine. It won’t make us happy — not one bit. But we’ll batten down the hatches. We’ll handle the Truth about Donald Trump just fine. For sure, We The People will handle the Truth far, far better than Trump will.
I’ve spent a ton of words here, trying to put my finger on
why it is America’s press consistently fails to adequately report the story we’re
all living through.
The answer to my question, ultimately, is perspective. Our MSM (not their fault, really) have no
perspective on an historical event so monstrous, so huge, so far-reaching, so
corrupt on so many levels that it will take historians a generation or so to completely
wrestle our story to the ground. The
Netflix limited series will take a dozen seasons or so to pack it all in.
Failure of imagination also plays a part in the news media’s
inability to see and report on Donald Trump.
They’ve bolted their Normalcy Bias Blinders to their heads and can’t get
them off. As insanely abnormal as
everything about Donald Trump has been, they STILL treat Trump as if he WERE
normal. They treat his presidency – with
all ITS disturbing abnormalities as a NEW normal – instead of the aberration that
it is. Again – perspective would help
The instant our news media let go of “Mexicans are rapists”,
they normalized Trump’s abnormality.
When they whip-sawed from “pussy grabbing” to the Comey letter without
whipping back, the fix was completely in.
Bullshit had superseded Truth as the Trumpian touchstone. Bullshit would now be seen AS “the truth”
where Trump was concerned.
Con men con by bamboozling the bamboozle-able. Another problem solved with perspective.
Spies – and active intelligence assets – also con via
misrepresentation. Look at the picture Trump
has painted of his relationship with Russia and especially Vladimir Putin. Look at the WHOLE picture, start to finish,
with every lie, evasion and outright deception included. THAT paints a picture, too. Not the one Trump wants us to see.
When the American Press finally pulls back far enough to see
the whole story with the perspective it might have started with, they’ll
conclude: Donald Trump is a traitor. He
betrayed the country, our ideals – perhaps even our future. They’ll also discover that the whole
Republican Party also betrayed us but that’s another whole story unto itself.
On that day, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS & NBC – and every
talking head on their air – will crow about Trumpian treason. They’ll scream and shout how obvious it is
(now that they can see it). But the
problem is, Trump and the Republican Party will not start being traitors
on the day the American Press finally gets it, they’ll have been traitors all
along. Up until the moment the Press
got it, the traitors were getting away with their treachery.
THAT, right there, is our problem.
The feeling I’ve been trying to describe is a lot like that
feeling one gets during an English Pantomime.
If you’ve never seen one, they’re amped up common stories (like
Cinderella or Puss In Boots) told in an amped up theatrical fashion that
encourages audience participation. There
is no fourth wall and the players (the lead especially) regularly talks to the
audience and engages them in repartee.
There’s always a moment here the villain of the piece enters
the scene – but our hero (seems) totally unaware. The audience (now part of the show), tries to
warn the hero. He turns to look but the
villain ducks just in time. The audience
howls at the hero to look the other way – which he does – but not in time to
catch the villain who ducks away again.
It’s fixed, of course.
The hero’s not supposed to see the villain just yet. But the audience, sucked in to the
theatricality, feels frustration and panic (by design) because the bad guy is
getting away with it.
Voila! Is that not how we feel every day? That we’re watching a show where the bad guys couldn’t be more obvious yet every attempt to stop them fails in large part because the people best able to stop them, haven’t grasped yet the massive size of the thing that they’re trying to stop. It’s very, VERY hard to solve a problem you don’t know (or admit to yourself) that you have.
Our problem is treason.
For real. Actual war-time
treason. We’re under attack (anyone want
to argue?) in a cyber war – just as real, just as dangerous as a shooting
war. Welcome to the future, boys n
girls, where THIS is how wars get fought.
Just because we don’t admit (or even SEE) that we’re under attack, doesn’t
mean we aren’t. The citizens of Pearl
Harbor had no idea as the Japanese Navy approached that an undeclared state of
war existed. And THEY were going to be
where the first shots would be fired.
Think back to election night 2016. I bet you can still recall that sick feeling
in the pit of your stomach when it hit you that the impossible – Trump “winning”
the presidency – had just happened. Some
of us saw that sick feeling as more than just disgust at a bad election result. It was our noses catching the scent of
Trump “winning” wasn’t just a bad election result, it was
bullshit. Literal bullshit. Even Trump knew it that night – it was well
reported how surprised everyone was in the Trump campaign. It wasn’t the “unlikeliness” of the result
that shocked them, it was the fact that the crime they were all part of had
just succeeded beyond any of their wildest imaginations. And in spite of their
Even during the campaign, Trump’s relationship with Russia
was under the microscope. Remember Trump
telling Hillary that she was Putin’s puppet, not him? Pretty funny, that moment, if you think
about. Not so much funny “ha-ha” as funny
“boy, does that stink!”. Turns
out we were witnessing something profound.
Trump was projecting as Trump does.
He was confessing: he was Putin’s puppet.
Let’s be quite clear – between then and now, Trump being
Putin’s puppet has not become “less true”, it’s become “more true” and by “more
true”, I mean “more painfully obvious”.
What used to sound – and be called “hyperbolic” – Donald Trump is a
traitor – is now openly stated on relatively reliable news channels like CNN
& MSNBC. If we get to play this all
out – I believe we will – and proof of Trump’s treason finds the light (more
than it already has – ample proof having already found plenty of light), it won’t
mean Trump started being a traitor at the moment we collectively decided he was
guilty of it.
It will only mean we’re finally calling Trump the thing he
is: a traitor. He’s been a traitor all
along. He’s been betraying us all along –
even when we refused to think he was a “traitor”. He was being one.
We all know what happens when you arrive late to a party. The food’s pretty much gone. So’s the best wine and the best beer. Being late gets you the dregs of everything. The news works exactly the same way.
The American News Media has been behind from day one with this story. Between normalcy bias and failure of imagination, they’ve consistently failed to see the enormity of Trumps crime in real time — even as he was committing those crimes in plain view, right in the Main Stream Media’s face. They’re just beginning to see it, get it and report it now.
That’s great that they’re catching up. Great that they see a real and viable threat here. But it doesn’t change the fact that it took the Main Stream Media this long to figure out how much they didn’t know.