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Apologies for the long absence, Widdershins. I went to NJ to spend time with my besties from college, and to celebrate the graduation of my “niece” (my best friend’s daughter) who is a budding opera singer going to conservatory (NEC) next year. She gave a lovely recital and then my best friend and her hubby gave her a party that was reminiscent of a wedding or a bat mitzvah. 🙂 I have known this wonderful young woman since I held her in my arms at her christening. I am rooting for her to be the next great operatic soprano of the 21st Century…that is, if we survive the next year or so.

I titled this post “Go Around Them.” The “Them” in this case is the Fourth Estate, which in the Age of Trump has become nothing but his puppet and mouthpiece. It is utterly terrifying how most TeeVee and print media has abdicated its duties without a whimper. Truly, if there is one thing I agree with der Drumpfenfuhrer on, it’s that the press mostly publishes “fake news.” Of course, the fake news is coming from his Twitter feed, his lying staff, his lying Congressional cronies, and his spectacularly CrayZee interview with George Stephanopolous.

The press has been unable to rise to the challenge of a President who lies multiple times a day. Instead of calling him out and saying he must resign due to his obstruction and coordination with Russia, both of which Mueller established without any question, TeeVee and print media haplessly report on every dead cat he throws on the table.

There is one thing that is absolutely certain about throwing a dead cat on the dining room table – and I don’t mean that people will be outraged, alarmed, disgusted. That is true, but irrelevant. The key point is that everyone will shout, ‘Jeez, mate, there’s a dead cat on the table!’ In other words, they will be talking about the dead cat – the thing you want them to talk about – and they will not be talking about the issue that has been causing you so much grief.

This is how he controls the narrative, and after four f*cking years, it’s still working for the most part. Every day, in every way, it’s All About Donald. I don’t think there’s much hope of change, since the media wants him to win. So many clicks, so many viewers and readers! The temptation is too great.

Except, there’s Twitter.

Now, Twitter has a lot of problems. It seems clear that whatever they use to block people who are harmful to the discourse (liars, hatemongerers and bots) is, shall we say, rather selective. Somehow, strong black voices appear to be the ones silenced the most often, rather than the Nazis who threaten to kill them. However, the reason I think there’s hope for 2020 is the Democratic candidates who use Twitter to reach out to us directly. After what was done to Hillary in 2016, our new contenders (especially the women) know that there’s no way the media will report on them honestly or give them airtime when those dead cats are stinking up the room. So, they publish their policies on Twitter, and waddyaknow? People care about them and are getting excited. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris do this regularly, and are steadily moving up in the polls.

So I suggest that, with the exception of the Democratic debates (I will be watching, and maybe we’ll do debate threads too!), and people like Maddow and O’Donnell, we go around traditional media and (CAREFULLY!) follow our candidates and trusted reporters on Twitter. I have a feeling we will be a lot calmer as we go into the long marathon that is the 2020 election. Because what we’ll be seeing in the traditional media for the next year and four months is going to be, sadly, fake news.

This is an open thread.

 


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Kellyanne Conway’s new job

Take the kids to work? NO!

That moment when *your* pussy gets grabbed

You go gurl! h/t Adam Joseph

“The” Book

Nice picture of our gal

Time till the Grifter in Chief is Gone

Hopefully soonerJanuary 21st, 2021
17 months to go.

Mueller Time!

Wise Words from Paul Ryan

B-I-N-G-O!

Only the *best* politicans bought by the NRA

Marching for their lives

Perfect Picture

Rudy: oh shit the pee tape IS real!

Need Reminders?

Never too early to shop for Christmas

“Look this way”

Manafort’s Jail Photo

Indeed who?

Trump spam

IOW Dumb = Happy?

Simply Put

Ironic

Awrite! Here’s your damned wall

Dems are coming for ya