Harari's great apes get it wrong: Last evening, speaking on CNN, Sanders got it right.
He spoke with Erin Burnett about the war in Yemen. Midway through the 7 PM hour, she started it off like this:
BURNETT (12/12/18): New tonight, defying President Trump, the GOP-led Senate voting against the president, moving forward to end American support for the Saudi crown prince's war in Yemen. It is an unprecedented vote and it's a major rebuke of Trump's full-throated constant support of the Saudi crown prince...Manu Rajuexplained that this had been a preliminary vote. Then, Burnett brought Bernie Sanders on, and he got it right:
BURNETT: Outfront now, one of the cosponsors of the Senate resolution rebuking Trump today, Senator Bernie Sanders. And Senator, I appreciate your time.And so on. This morning, Nicholas Kristof's column makes way for a photograph which shows the ways of the world. To consider that photo, click here.
Look, the vote overwhelming, 60 to 39, bipartisan, defiance of the president and his personal repeated embrace of the Saudi crown prince. Are you confident you have enough votes for this Yemen resolution to ultimately be passed?
SANDERS: Well, I am not much into speculation, but I think we're in pretty good shape. We have, as you indicated, a bipartisan support, and the reason for that is that Democrats and Republicans and the American people are thoroughly mortified by what we're seeing in Yemen, which is now the worst humanitarian disaster on earth.
We're talking about 85,000 children having starved to death over the last three years, according to the United Nations. Millions of people in that country are now facing imminent starvation. 10,000 cholera cases every single week.
And I think what the Congress is now saying is that we do not want to continue participating with Saudi Arabia in that war as a result—which the famine came about as a result of the Saudi intervention. We want out.
But the main thing right now is that the United States has got to end its participation in the war in Yemen, instead of supporting more and more bombs falling onto that horrific situation. What we have got to do is bring the warring parties together, stop the war, and start working with the United Nations on humanitarian help for a very -- a country which is suffering terribly.
We bring you this news for a reason. The word "Yemen" wasn't mentioned on Rachel's TV show last night.
The word wasn't mentioned on Lawrence's show, nor on Brian's program. At 6 PM Eastern, the word "Yemen" wasn't mentioned on The Beat.
Chris Hayes did a full segment on Yemen. One hour earlier, Yemen was fleetingly mentioned on Hardball just once. If you blinked, you missed it.
We're calling the roll for a reason. In these ways, we learn about the actual values of the grinning, smiling chimps and baboons who serve us our tribal porridge each night on our favorite corporate channel.
They're selling us the chase after Trump. They're too empty to develop an actual politics, and so, instead of that, they're yelling this:
"Lock him up!"
In the twenty-one years we've been doing this site, we think the current chase after Trump is the only stampede we've ever seen which begins to rise to the level of the 20-month War Against Gore which sent George Bush to the White House. For sheer inanity, we'd say this chase has almost reached that level.
In our view, Donald J. Trump is a deeply disordered and dangerous person. He's always had terrible values, including back in the day when the networks were happily making big bucks off his terrible values.
We assume he may be mentally ill. We assume he may have cognitive problems. We assume he could start a foreign or domestic war. But we also think the current chase is about as fake as it gets.
The current chase strikes us as insane. Consider what's at stake in this brain-damaged chase, all summed up in this chunk from a front-page report in today's Washington Post:
ELLISON AND FARHI (12/12/18): Prosecutors also allege that Pecker and AMI played a key role in the effort to silence Daniels. One month before the election in 2016, after an agent for Daniels informed National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard that Daniels intended to tell her story publicly, Pecker and Howard contacted Cohen. Soon after, Cohen negotiated a $130,000 deal to buy Daniels’s silence.Try to understand the braindead way this story is being told:
Theodore Boutrous, a First Amendment attorney at Gibson Dunn who briefly represented McDougal, said the relationship between Trump’s associate and the tabloid publisher “was a shockingly creative plan meant to change the way American citizens voted. That is an important and serious violation of the law.”
Boutrous, who began looking into the National Enquirer’s role in protecting Trump in October 2016, said he always believed the tabloid “had teamed up with Donald Trump and his campaign to stop Ms. McDougal from speaking out, solely to protect Mr. Trump and help him get elected president. That seemed outrageous and illegal.”
First, no one ever "silenced" Daniels or McDougal. No one "bought their silence." Either one could have "spoken out" any time she chose.
Here's the problem. Neither Daniels nor McDougal wanted to "tell her story." Each of these soulless hustlers wanted to tell her story for a big pile of cash.
One says she had a love affair with a married man with a new baby. She even told Anderson that she paraded through the new mother's bedroom at one point.
The other one says she had sex with Trump on one occasion, back in 2006. It's blindingly obvious that she did so in hopes of landing a spot on The Apprentice.
People don't go to jail in this country for doing things like that. But these two slimeballs engaged in this conduct, then wanted to get majorly paid for telling the world about it.
More to the point, they wanted to "tell their stories" in the middle of a White House election. And all those great apes on your cable screens think this is a good, noble thing!
(This includes all the former thugs from the Southern District of New York who now drawl all over the cable screen all night.)
Just look what the great ape Boutros says in that Post excerpt. He says the attempt to buy these two idiots off "was a shockingly creative plan meant to change the way American citizens voted."
He actually wants the American people casting their votes around bullshit like this! But this is who and what these great apes are. It's what they've always been.
They wanted to discuss Bill Clinton's ten acts of oral sex. After that, they wanted to discuss the stupid claims they invented about Al Gore's deeply troubling wardrobe, along with the stupid, invented paraphrased comments they pretended he'd actually said.
It's how these apes actually think! They wanted to talk about Hillary's emails. They wanted to drag Gennifer Flowers back onto the front page again.
Professor Harari has called them "great apes," and that's what they've always been. He says they run on "gossip" and "fiction." Does it look to you like he's wrong?
Our tribe's alpha ape was grinning last night. She didn't mention Yemen, not once. In fact, she hasn't said the word on her TV show all year.
Instead, she chuckles and grins and cons you good. As we've said, she's exceptionally skilled at the one key task—she's skilled at selling the car.
We liberals are playing this game like great apes. It's who and what we've always been, and there's no way this pursuit of impeachment will end well.
Take a look at Kristof's column. On the bright side, we can turn to our darling Rachel tonight knowing that child won't be there.