Mainstream Media focusing on Political Infotainment, not Policy

By Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola | (The Young Turks Video Report) | – –

“Donald Trump is one of those stupid guys who thinks he’s smart. The media still lets him steamroll them with nonsense. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“The only explanation for the lopsided coverage of the election by the political press so far is that, for some mysterious reason-defying logic, there’s a “false equivalence” at work. It’s become an almost throw-away phrase, bearing little weight these days. The political press certainly doesn’t take it too seriously, that’s for sure. We’re just gaming the refs, they say. Someone’s always bitching about the media, they say. Whatever helps them sleep at night, I suppose.

Nevertheless, according to what we’re observing online and via cable news, Hillary Clinton’s negatives appear eons more grievous than Donald Trump’s missteps, even though they’re not — and this disparity unfairly elevates Trump and his poll numbers. This is how elections are tilted toward despots and undisciplined strongmen. They’re legitimized and humanized despite their long menu of unprecedented gaffes, lies and treachery.”

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3 Responses

  1. This republic has now become pearls before swine. To quote John Adams:

    “[W]hen the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American Constitution is such as to grow every day more and more encroaching. … The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society.”

    There is nothing left to do – Trump is a genuine nadir who makes Dubya look positively statesman-like. Public virtue has now collapsed, the demos having pulled the walls about its deafened ears in slow-motion. I for one am just waiting. I am waiting for the end.

    • As an observer one can either:

      1) dejectedly proclaim the end of rational discourse and decry the horrible state of affairs as this commenter has so eloquently done, or

      2) self-critically reflect about why we couldn’t maintain a system that would not have allowed demagogues to shine in the first place: what is it about our current ways of living that so many people would rather see the current status quo burn then maintain it any further?

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