The shape of political discourse: We will guess that most Americans have never heard of Diamond & Silk.
Until this April, they'd long been part of the Fox News Channel clown machine. In a new report, The Daily Beast visits them in their Gethsemane:
CARTWRIGHT AND KIRELL (8/16/20): Several months after Diamond & Silk were dumped by Fox News for promoting crazed COVID-19 conspiracy theories, the Trump-worshipping vlogging superstars have seemingly declared war on the right-wing cable network.The simpering siblings had dared to ask questions! For that reason, Fox gave them the boot!
In an excerpt of their new book, obtained by The Daily Beast, the MAGA siblings rant about the ordeal surrounding their April ouster from the Fox News family. Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson repeatedly throw the network under the bus—at times revealing how Fox brass told them to “keep on fighting” even after the network publicly dumped them, other times suggesting the network cut ties with them as a retaliatory “hit” against President Trump.
And in one particularly revealing section, Diamond & Silk grumble about how Fox’s white primetime stars have gotten away with pushing COVID-19 misinformation similar to the claims that resulted in the Black duo’s expulsion.
The book, titled Uprising: Who the Hell Said You Can’t Ditch and Switch?—The Awakening of Diamond and Silk, is due out this Tuesday via conservative book titan Regnery Publishing.
The right-wing sisters—who’d been contracted to produce videos for streaming platform Fox Nation—were dumped by Fox in late April after spreading coronavirus conspiracy theories claiming that the death count was “inflated” to make Trump look bad; that the virus was “deliberately spread” by either “deep-state snakes” or the World Health Organization; that a vaccine will be used for “population control” by Bill Gates; and that 5G technology is being used to infect people, with an “on and off” switch for the virus.
“We had dared to ask questions,” the duo claim of the rants that got them axed.
Diamond & Silk are part of the brain-damaged minstrelsy Fox once maintained by booking the so-called New Black Panther Party for endless appearances on the now-defunct nightly program, Hannity & Colmes.
The sheer stupidity of their appearances was, of course, the point. Having said that, we'll also ask this:
How much sharper is a lot of commentary about matters of race on the other two dumbbell "cable news" channels, CNN and MSNBC?
The spectacular clowning, it burns! But so does the lack of sharpness and the devotion to memorized tribal script.
That said, The Crazy is now a regular part of American political discourse. So is The Really Not All That Sharp and also The Just Flatly Wrong.
The Crazy's destructive, but so is The Wrong. More on this topic all week.
How NBC cable fought back: Fox News may have had the New Black Panther Party in tow, but Chris Matthews had the Clinton accusers.
Matthews' ridiculous sessions with Gennifer Flowers and Kathleen Willey were about as dumb as The Dumb ever gets. Beyond that, in a deeply ugly matter which was quickly disappeared, one of his brain-damaged sessions with Willey almost got a journalist killed.
No one said a word about this while it was going on. This was corporate "cable news," and mainstream careers hung in the balance. For the record, Matthews' endless trashing of Hillary Clinton is obviously one of the ways Donald Trump got to the White House.
No one will ever discuss that obvious fact because, in the end, nobody cares. Don't believe claims to the contrary. Vast amounts of what you're handed is utterly phony and faux.