Sunday, 31 July 2016

Journalism and Politics

For roughly twelve months, journalists of various types played down the Trump enthusiasm within the heartland of the US.  Every week, you'd get twenty-odd pieces on how Trump couldn't win, or how Trump was a fraud, or how Jeb would come and win big in the late January period of primaries.

Now?  Now, you get various journalists who are trying to tell the public how Trump enthusiasm occurred....even though the same characters misread everything six to twelve months ago.

If you go back two weeks ago....among all of the emails from the DNC that got released via WikiLeaks.....there's various emails that were loaded with quotes and ready-built....for journalists to take, cut and paste, and pretend that they wrote original material (when they didn't).  You almost get the opinion that journalists of today, can't interview....can't write original material.....and can't find any way to travel into the heartland and talk to real people.

Thirty years ago, most Americans were left to four networks (PBS, NBC, CBS, and ABC).....the NY Times, Washington Post.....and their local newspaper.  Toss in Paul Harvey News and Commentary, and maybe the weekly copy of NewsWeak and Time.....and that was your whole view of the world.  Today?  There are probably twenty different TV networks that can deliver some political news, and a guy could be reading a hundred different newspapers or sites.  Time and NewsWeak?  They've both lost a huge segment of their audience and today barely exist.

Generally, I think half of the American public has lost respect for journalists and have an inherent disbelief in whatever story is being told.  So, when some idiot comes up to tell why Trump enthusiasm exists like it is....the truth is....it's just not a believable story.

I read a piece this morning where some idiot journalist tried to convey in one article of a thousand words....the word "Trump" and "Hitler".  Both were mentioned at least twenty times each in the article.

The problem with this association-type writing....is that half the public is of an age where they really don't know much about this Hitler guy, and some of the twenty-somethings might imagine this Hitler-guy is a Texas punk-rocker on meth.  Some of the readers of the article might come to ask isn't there some comparison between Hillary and Hitler possible?

The question over where the enthusiasm for Trump?  It's what you get when fake politics has been played for two or three decades, and the general public (Republicans and Democrats) figure out the whole opera setting and script.  As much as journalism thinks they are some gift to the public.....they've pushed themselves into the corner and made themselves part of the problem, rather than the solution.

So, settle back for a hundred days of hard campaigning, and dozens more articles trying to compare Hitler and Trump.

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