The bidness of ABH…
Posted April 29, 2015on:
Good afternoon Widdershins. I hope this Wednesday is but the midpoint on the way to a wonderful weekend. If you haven’t laid in your bourbon stock for the weekend, remember it is Derby and those juleps don’t make themselves. At least not until you have had at least six of them.
Have you noticed the conversational flow on any news show featuring a panel consisting of a committed conservative, a begrudgingly lapsed librul, and an unaffiliated independent. The independent will go all “Nancy Reagan-esque” and stare longingly at the conservative while at the same time bear his/her teeth at the lapsed librul.
Invariably, the lapsed librul looks and sounds like a cast extra for the Walking Dead, but on those rare occasions when a good point is about to be grunted, the conservative will interrupt. I don’t care what panel it is or what network it is. Without fail, the conservative will interrupt anyone who deviates from the conservative’s opinion in an effort to forestall any potential alternative consideration.
This must be the technique taught by the Roger Ailes Media School where Frank Luntz is the headmaster. The next time you find yourself watching one of these panels, just keep track of who is interrupting who halfway through their answers.
This type of preemptive conversation snuffing isn’t the only way intractable minds secure their places. What I have been seeing of late and expect to see much more often as we progress toward 2016 is how time has stopped for those suffering from Clinton Derangement Syndrome.
Those who rose to some semblance of power in the 1990’s based upon some fictitious Whitewater, Travelgate, Rose Law Firm, Vince Foster murder scandals or any number of other scandals arising out of the miasma – for those people it seems time has stopped. Not slowed down, but just plain stopped. It is as if the shamed politicians like Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, and Tom Delay, among others, had piled into Doc Brown’s DeLorean and drove directly to Professor Peabody’s way-back machine and had all their sins washed cleanly away.
There is no better example than Matt Drudge (I’m personally convinced the naming gods have a good sense of humor). Regrettably, Drudge can’t be ignored. Last year, his was the number one site of referral traffic to the Daily Mail, CNN, Fox News, Roll Call, Breitbart, The New York Times, National Journal, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and Politico.
Of late, Drudge has been championing Martin O’Malley as a viable contender against Hillary. That might not continue given the Baltimore uprising since O’Malley’s day job and claim to fame was governor of Maryland, but the ABH (Anyone But Hillary) psychosis is thriving. The reasoning is simple and central to the “trickle down crowd” – it is good for “bidness”.
How do I know this? Let’s just go to the tape shall we? In 2007, Drudge, when he was still occasionally talking to the media, acknowledged just how central Hillary was to his site’s success. He told New York Magazine:
I need Hillary Clinton. You don’t get it. I need to be part of her world. That’s my bank. Like Leo DiCaprio has the environment and Al Gore has the environment and Jimmy Carter has anti-Americanism…I have Hillary.
Drudge isn’t unique – far from it. You have all of the cuddlebums at Fox, the William Crystal types who revel in all their wrongness about everything, Karl Rove who has an entire ABH cottage industry, and those like Joe Scarborough who find it necessary to remind viewers every 3 minutes that once upon a time he was in Congress. Their level of sophistication and maturation is stuck in the nineties by virtue of what brought them to the party – sowing distrust and loathing of the Clintons. Nothing and no amount of time will shake them from their glorious somnambulism of Clinton hating.
I mention this for those of us who need to prepare for the upcoming onslaught. Not just this book, Clinton Cash, which is nothing more than spaghetti slinging “questions”, but the Brothers Koch have promised the business of Clinton bashing will be uncommonly lucrative in the next sixteen months – good to the tune of almost a billion dollars worth of propaganda. There are lots of sniveling cockroaches who will want to get in on the bonanza.
Let us be forewarned, it shall be an uncommonly rocky ride my friends.
I’ll leave you on a lighter and infinitely more instructive note. The reporter from Cosmopolitan, yes, that Cosmo, provided some good fodder for thought during an interview for the new Avengers movie. She had the unspeakable audacity to ask the male actor the questions typically reserved for the female actor and vice versa. It is truly illustrative of a larger societal ill.
Take this conversation in any direction you might like and have a great day.
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