THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016
Creeping press culture defined: Our political culture has been melting for at least twenty-four years.
Increasingly, facts and logic have ceased to exist. Increasingly, our world has become narrative—narrative all the way down.
The other team got its crazy orgs first. Our team is now catching up—and yes, we get conned and misled by our team's overpaid corporate players, just as folk on the other team have long been conned and misled.
Discernment isn't in great supply. Most likely, this was always the case. We never needed the kind of discernment that would let us identify a Trump—or some of the con men who are now part of our side.
We never needed those powers of discernment. Before Imus, before Howard Stern, before Rush, before even Keith, certain types of hustlers simply weren't allowed on the air.
Similarly, people like Trump weren't allowed to be candidates. For better or worse, elite gatekeepers were in charge of the press corps and the political parties. Certain types of discernment weren't required at that point in time.
You had to go seeking the crazy and false. Today, the crazy and false is 24/7. It's a large corporate enterprise.
Just now, we liberals may be starting to realize that we can be crazy and unwise too. Last week, it was Trump's former butler who wanted Obama and Clinton hung. This week, it's one of our own Sanders supporters who wants the same for that woman in Nevada.
We can be crazy and unwise too! Our tribe has been slow to understand that. That said:
Of all the fake, faux corporate press behavior which now defines our failing culture, the weirdness of the Morning Joe program sits near the top of the list.
Below, we'll link you to yesterday morning's twenty-minute opening segment. We'll suggest that you jump ahead to maybe 7:45 and watch to the end of the segment.
The behavior of this show's co-hosts has seemed puzzlingly fake and faux for a good long while. Yesterday, they adopted as their text the claim that the Democratic nomination was "rigged" right from the start.
Go to minute eight and start watching. You'll see Joe say the word "rigged" again and again and again and again. You'll see Mika repetitively breaking in with her patented three-word bursts of agreement.
As always, it's Mika who makes this program so completely strange. She simply isn't a good enough actor to play the role she's been assigned on this particular TV show. Beyond that, no one has ever been as dumb as the character she's been assigned to play. For these reasons, you'll be looking at one of the most obvious fakes the corporate cable world has devised, at least to date.
Rachel Maddow is also a clown, but we liberals have shown that we simply can't see that. With Joe and Mika—but especially with Mika—you will likely be able to see what we're talking about.
Mika strikes us as the ultimate faux. Her bad performance suggests that there must be a deal, some sort of arrangement, behind the scenes at this bizarre TV show. But then, did you watch Hardball during the years when Chris Matthews was working for Jack Welch, the man who made him sp rich?
Can anybody really believe that that TV show was run in good faith? (Granted, we liberals all know that this topic simply cannot be discussed.)
Whatever the arrangement at Morning Joe may be, Mika doesn't have the skills to play the part she's been assigned. For that reason:
Click here, advance to 7:45. Permit yourself to gaze in the face of our prevailing culture.