Cable news channel confesses: Yesterday, we urged you to watch three minutes of videotape. It featured an unnamed massive star from a certain "cable news" channel.
To watch that tape, click here.
In our view, it's remarkable that nonsense like that is allowed to go on the air. It's instructive to think that people can watch such ludicrous conduct without thinking something's gone wrong.
That said, "cable news" is largely entertainment product from a tribal perspective. At MSNBC, we're currently being given the thrill of The Chase After Donald J. Trump, pretty much full freaking stop.
Concerning that pitiful videotape, consider this:
This morning, at 5:43 AM, we flipped on MSNBC. A commercial was playing for the channel itself—a commercial featuring footage from that pitiful videotape!
In the freshly-cut ad, the massive star in that videotape bangs a drumroll to herself, then signals for, and receives, a fanfare from her staff. The pitiful footage is accompanied by two messages from the channel:
THIS IS WHO WE ARE.We've long given you the bad news—to all appearances, that actually is who, and what, they are. We've sometimes suggested that's all they are. Today, the channel confesses.
THIS IS WHY YOU WATCH.
Regarding that second message, we'd have to call it a bit of an insult.
"This is why you watch," you're told, as you watch a corporate multimillionaire clowning and pimping herself.
Is that why we liberals watch cable news? In truth, we've wondered about that very question for at least the past several years. But of one thing, there can be no more doubt:
Within the corporate bubble, the massive star is actually praised for conduct of that type. According to her corporate owners, that's who she is. Case closed!
We can't find videotape of the ad. For an overview regarding this ad campaign, you can just click here.