SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2022
Watching America fail: If MSNBC followed CNN's practice, what a wonderful world it would be!
Speaking extremely frankly, it's a bit like Goofus and Gallant. Here's what we mean by that:
CNN produces transcripts of all its shows, and it does so in timely fashion. The transcripts may be riddled with errors, but they display the gist of what was said, and—where videotape is available—the errors can be corrected.
That's the way Gallant does it. Over at MSNBC, Goofus currently sits in the saddle and rides blue tribe humankind.
At present, MSNBC slow-walks its production of transcripts, generally by more than a week. This makes it very hard to discuss what gets said on its various programs, which are generally awful.
Even worse, MSNBC produces no transcripts at all for Deadline: White House, one of its most propagandistic vehicles. In fairness, if we were producing a program like that, we wouldn't transcribe it either.
Gallant transcribes all his shows and does so in timely fashion. Goofus delays and delays—and in the context of public discussion, transcript production delayed is transcript production denied.
MSNBC delays and thereby denies. In the process, it becomes hard to discuss a human disaster like the interview we watched this morning through the miracle of On Demand.
We refer to Nicolle Wallace's interview with Bennie Thompson. The interview aired right at the start of yesterday's Deadline: White House.
Wallace is a long-time highly skilled propagandist, originally of the pro-Iraq / anti-gay type. Thompson is unable to give a direct answer to even the most significant questions—and under current tribal arrangements, Wallace will never challenge or question anything any such person has said.
In such ways. we gullibles Over Here in Our Own Blue Tribe come to believe that certain important facts have been established.
The Others know that this isn't the case—but within our tribe, we love Nicolle. Classic theory knows what we need, but Nicolle Wallace knows what we want!
On Thursday, we said that only one question remains around the decay of our national wreck. That one basic question is this:
Did Donald J. Trump know in advance that a violent attack was going to occur on January 6? Did he organize that attack? Was the violence part of his planning?
Today, we add a second basic question—a second question which remains unresolved. That second question goes like this:
Did Donald J. Trump really know that he had lost the election? Is it possible that Donald J. Trump is so disordered that he actually believes his endless unfounded claims?
In our view, this second question has never been resolved. For the most part, it has never even been asked. We offer this overview:
It seems quite clear that Trump had repeatedly been told that his claim of a "stolen election" was bogus, unfounded, false—"bullshit."
That said, if you tell a psychotic that he isn't Jesus Christ, that afflicted person may not be inclined to believe you. Is it possible that Donald J. Trump is, in some way or other, equally impaired?
It seems to us that the answer may be yes. Meanwhile, along a second track, did he know that the violence would occur? Had that been a part of his plan?
As far as we know, that original question hasn't been answered either. Unless you watch CNN / MSNBC, where you will be told, again and again, that everyone knows that it has been.
Or unless you watch the heralded Cheney, making a statement like this:
CHENEY (6/9/22): Tonight and in the weeks to come, you will see evidence of what motivated this violence, including directly from those who participated in this attack. You will see video of them explaining what caused them to do it. You will see their posts on social media. We will show you what they have said in federal court.
On this point, there is no room for debate. Those who invaded our Capitol and battled law enforcement for hours were motivated by what President Trump had told them, that the election was stolen and that he was the rightful president. President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.
That's wonderfully suggestive language. But did Donald J. Trump actually know that violence was part of the plan? In the passage we've presented, Cheney floats that insinuation, but she makes no such direct claim.
At present, we don't know the answer to our more specific question. So far, we see no sign that Cheney and her colleagues know the answer either, though it may turn out that they do.
Anthropologically speaking, here's where things currently stand:
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but we humans aren't the rational animal, and we never were.
That's true of Wallace and Thompson; it's true of Cheney herself. It's also true of Rachel Maddow. It's true of Lawrence and Anderson.
If you watched CNN last night, it was true of Carl Bernstein too. You can look at the transcript here.
"Man [sic] is really the tribal animal!" Disconsolate scholars keep telling us this, reporting to us from the caves they inhabit in a dystopian future.
They communicate through the nocturnal submissions the haters refer to as dreams.
Next week: Continuing insinuations and presentations of our own sorry tribe
We'd love to see the discussion: The leading authority on the topic tells us such things as these:
Psychosis is an abnormal condition of the mind that results in difficulties determining what is real and what is not real. Symptoms may include delusions and hallucinations, among other features.
Psychosis may involve delusional beliefs. A delusion is a fixed, false idiosyncratic belief, which does not change even when presented with incontrovertible evidence to the contrary...
Prevalence in schizophrenia is generally considered at least 90%, and around 50% in bipolar disorder.
Is it possible that Donald J. Trump is clinically delusional in some way or other? We'd love to see the discussion, but the boys and girls of our upper-end press corps have been told that they mustn't go there.
Careers are hanging in the balance. Routinely, careerism rules.
Our human brains are wired for tribe. Given the way we're playing the game, is our blue tribe currently losing?