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(Late) Activist Tuesday: Go Around Them

Posted on: June 18, 2019

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.


33 Responses to "(Late) Activist Tuesday: Go Around Them"

The dead cat analogy is perfect. An event relevant to nothing, but so crazy-sensational-outrageous that people can’t look away.

Like drivers rubbernecking at an accident instead of paying attention and therefore causing more accidents.

Go around it indeed, and stay focused on what actually needs doing.

I applaud this!

Congrats to your niece!

The press has been unable to rise to the challenge of a President who lies multiple times a day.

They’re slowly changing from transcribing Trump’s words to now saying ‘misleading claims,’ ‘exaggerations’ and the like. But there’s an actual headline about Trump’s ‘lies’ in an opinion piece in the WaPo this morning! Not holding my breath that many will turn to using plain speech and call out Trump’s lies for what they are.

Yes MB, the media always covers/ed Dump because he always wants camera time. Look at how little face time most of the candidates get now. Why are they even talking about Pete, Beto and Alexandria? She isn’t even running and they give her more time than all the women running.

Baby Dump in Florida, fantastic!!!

It really ticks me off that Hope Hicks and Dump Jr. ‘testified’ behind closed doors and we hear crickets.

Rep. Lieu slays a Trump flunky again.

Critter break:

@9, I don’t think these people care what the Constitution thinks, they’re going to subvert it.

@11, Sadly, you’re right.

Hope this works:

It is hard wading through Mika and Joe (they are caricatures of themselves), and their obnoxious co-horts, but Amy is great.

Love the critters and the Trump baby blimp!

Apologies, I really like Amy but Joe and Meeeeeka are off my list.

I agree, madamab, but it is good for her to seek multiple audiences and she handled them well, joking about Joe’s disgusting habit of talking over his guests, etc. I never watch them, but a friend shared this.

Hey y’all, just a quick note to say I won’t be able to do a weekend post. I’m having a diagnostic test/procedure done tomorrow.

Wasn’t sure if it would be a go or not because it’s one of those where you have to have someone there when it’s done. However, have that taken care of now so it’s a go. But I’m not going to feel like fooling with much of anything afterwards except for the couch or bed. Thank goodness for Stouffers and grub hub.

@17: Love those puppers. Too cute!

@17, Awwwww.

Fredster, I hope all goes well tomorrow. Yuck on that procedure. I hate anything which puts me out of normal functioning like that.

@20: Thanks Doc Luna.

All I can say is “I want drugs; lots of drugs”. LOL

Fredster, crossing fingers and toes that all goes well! I can put up a post this weekend if no one else can do it.

Hey MB!!!
ICE is raiding SF Sunday!

Surprised they aren’t going to Berkeley, but he does hate Nancy even more.

13 Good plans from Amy any glad to see her not let these two host idiots completely derail her messages.

Who decided these two dummies deserve their own show????


So darn cute…

Hope all goes well tomorrow , Fredster.

Hey, where’s DYB?

Happy Summer!

Hey all, new post in a few hours. ☺

Hey Widdershins, checking in. Just taking it easy.

After I got back the other day and while still feeling the effects of the meds, I was watching the tube. I had it on either CNN or MSNBC. Whoever the talking head was referred to the candidate who’s the mayor of South Bend. They all call him “Mayor Pete”.

So I got to thinking should he win the nomination and the election would they call him Prez Pete?

But wait! What if he were really a member of the Lannister family from GoT? Would they call him (wait for it)

Prez Pete Tyrion? Say or read it quickly.

Imma go lay back on my recliner now. Those meds…wow.

Fredster 😀 😀 😀

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