Speaks out against cable news "porn:" Nicholas Kristof gets it right in today's New York Times.
He goes at the corporate god that failed—the self-dealing, profit-based culture he refers to as cable news porn:
KRISTOF (5/6/18): We in the commentariat complain about President Trump, but we’re locked in a symbiotic relationship with him.That's aimed at Anderson, Lawrence, Rachel and Don, key purveyors of cable's "Trump porn."
News organizations, especially cable television channels, feed off Trump—like oxpeckers on a rhino’s back—for he is part of our business model in 2018. As long as our focus is on Trump, audiences follow.
It’s not optimal to have as president an authoritarian who denounces journalists as enemies of the people, but he has given us a sense of mission and a “Trump bump.” Every time he denounces us we get more subscriptions.
Yet I worry that our national nonstop focus on Trump is helping to usher America into a hole: a Trump obsession. The danger is that Trump sucks up all the oxygen, so that other issues don’t get adequate attention.
In America today, it’s all Trump, all the time. We’re collectively addicted to him. The nonstop scandals and outrages suck us in; they amount to Trump porn.
Kristof says they're making their dollars off Donald J. Trump. Worst of all, he correctly says that Trump has given these dopes a "sense of mission"—a belief that their "true crime" entertainment spectaculars have transformed them into profiles in courage.
(Also this: "The danger is that Trump sucks up all the oxygen, so that other issues don’t get adequate attention!" Where the heck have we heard that before?)
Kristof goes after the bad behavior of Lawrence, Anderson, Rachel and Don. Meanwhile, how many millions does "corporate" pay them to do the things they endlessly do?
How much are they paid for their cable news porn? In a final gesture of contempt, you aren't even permitted to know!
The accurate statements continue: Kristof goes on and on in this street-fighting vein.
He can lick every cable news host in the house! Once again, what he's saying is accurate:
KRISTOF (continuing directly): As president, Trump is enormously important, but there’s so much else happening as well. Some 65,000 Americans will die this year of drug overdoses, American life expectancy has fallen for two years in a row, guns claim a life every 15 minutes and the number of uninsured is rising again even as a child in the U.S. is 70 percent more likely to die before adulthood than one in other advanced nations. Those issues are rather more important than the question of whether Stormy Daniels slept with Trump.When it comes to low-income kids, "liberals don't seem interested either!" Truer words seldom get spoken.
Progressive snobs like me bemoan Trump’s inattention to these global issues, but the truth is that we don’t pay attention, either. At cocktail parties, on cable television, at the dinner table, at the water cooler, all we talk about these days is Trump. So we complain about Trump being insular and parochial—but we’ve become insular and parochial as well. We’ve caught the contagion that we mock.
[T]he biggest Trump scandals aren’t those unfolding in Washington, but those devastating the lives of the poor and vulnerable in distant American towns.
There’s some danger, I think, that progressives come to care primarily about issues where Trump is involved, allowing him to define the agenda. For example, the best single way to break cycles of poverty is probably with early childhood programs for at-risk kids, but because Trump doesn’t care about this, liberals don’t seem much interested, either. That's pathetic.
Oof! According to Kristof, Rachel, Lawrence, Nicolle and Chris are "pathetic" "progressive snobs!" He says what's happening to low-income kids is more important than their endless selling of the corporate car.
He even says that low-income kids are more important than Stormy's relentless claims about Who She Allegedly F*cked! Where the heck does he get this stuff? What has this loser been smoking?
Once in about a million years, you read a column so insightful that you say to yourself, "I wish I said that first." For us, this isn't quite one of those days.
Still and all, Kristof has gotten it right. We'd have to say that his column is right pretty much all the way down.