This shit is allowed on the air: To what extent has our journalistic and intellectual culture hit rock bottom? Check that:
To what extent has our culture been allowed to hit rock bottom? To what extent has our journalistic culture ceased to exist?
For a thought-provoking example, consider the "discussion" which aired last night on CNN. Don Lemon was asking one of his network's stable of Trump hacks to answer a basic question.
Why in the world is Donald J. Trump saying he won a "landslide?" He actually lost the popular vote, and the electoral vote was fairly close. Why, then, would Donald J. Trump keep saying he won a "landslide?"
Lemon discussed this question with Paris Dennard, one of CNN's stable of robotic Trump hacks. Before we show you the transcript, let's understand where the craziness of the transcript comes from:
In 2015, CNN signed a gaggle of Trump hacks. They became the channel's "minders."
No program would be allowed on the air without one of two of these minders present. And no matter what these people said, they would be back on the air the next night.
Nothing they said would be so dumb that CNN would let them go. In this way, CNN sought bigger profits. We're sorry, but that's the full explanation.
CNN threw every last standard away. Last night, we got a taste of what these greedsters purchased:
LEMON (11/28/16): I have to ask this. Paris, it's also false for Trump to say that the electoral college vote was a landslide. It was certainly an upset, but it was far from a landslide.Lemon wasn't great in that exchange. Paris Dennard wasn't human.
If you go back to 1980, his 306 electoral votes gives him a smaller margin than both the Reagan elections, the George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton's two elections, Barack Obama's two elections. He tops only George W. Bush's two narrow wins.
So can he call this a landslide? Why is he calling this a landslide? It's not a landslide.
He did very well. He did win. He got way more than most people thought. But you can't really call this a landslide.
DENNARD: Well, I think you can call it a landslide if you look at how much he—how better he did than Secretary Clinton.
LEMON: So you're changing the definition of landslide?
DENNARD: Well, I think it—
LEMON: You can say he did better because he won, but can you call something a landslide when it's not actually a landslide? Is that what you're doing?
DENNARD: I'm saying that if you look at how well he did against Secretary Clinton in the electoral vote, electoral college, it was a landslide. So you can go back and say—
LEMON: It wasn't a landslide, Paris. A landslide is only a landslide when it's the definition of a landslide. That's not the definition of a landslide.
DENNARD: Well, I think that—
LEMON: That's you changing the definition of a landslide because it's Hillary Clinton.
DENNARD: No, that— It's you not liking my explanation that I think it's a landslide.
LEMON: No, I'm telling you the truth. If you look at the definition of a landslide, this is not one. I just gave you evidence. Let me read this again.
LEMON: It is also false to say that the electoral college vote was a landslide. If you go back to 1980, his 306 electoral votes give him a smaller margin than both Reagan elections, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton's two elections, Barack Obama's two elections
He only tops George W. Bush's two narrow wins. It's not a landslide.
I'm just asking you the definition of a landslide. The truth about a landslide it's not. Yes, he won. He won by a big margin, but it wasn't a landslide. Why is he saying that?
DENNARD: Because it was a landslide.
DENNARD: I believe it was a landslide.
LEMON: Thank you, Paris.
DENNARD: The American people believes it was a landslide.
LEMON: We'll be right back.
DENNARD: It was a landslide.
That said, Dennard will be back on the air tonight. In the face of CNN's greed, journalistic culture has essentially ceased to exist.
Maddow's show isn't hugely better. As liberals, we're unable to see this.