Category: media

Heart full of scroll

Some people say Arendt’s concept of totalitarianism doesn’t apply to Trump. Maybe not. But Trump is comparable to other modern dictators (i.e., Erdogan, Putin, Duterte, etc.). Mussolini is an obvious model for Trump.

As Jimmy Breslin once described Rudy Giuliani: “A small man in search of a balcony.”

When the economic and cultural conditions underpinning masculine domination decay, one winds up with Trump.

Reading and writing occur in a place of silence, of solitude. What refuses to be silent is the mass media, which profits from giving a platform to extremist politics.

Calvin’s doctrine of predestination demonstrated more theological courage than Luther, whose sola fide is merely a continuation of the Church’s “magical means of salvation” by other means (as per Weber).

Luther is a hero only if one skips over the antisemitism.

Dossie and dossier

Mr Trump has turned the US into a Russian satrapy. His ménage with Boris and Natasha puts his political loyalties in question.

Fox News is the Vatican of fake news.

The US media is not exactly comprised of rocket scientists. Journalism isn’t a difficult major. But the reason why the media is “manipulated” is that it is part of the journalistic game. Controversy attracts eyeballs and clicks, and both the media and Trump know this. Hence, they feed each other: Trump provides the outrage and the media dutifully report it. Advertising dollars follow.

A media strike would be poignant, except the journalists should attend the Trump pressers but ask no questions. That would leave Breitbart and Fox News as the likely sole sycophants.

Quagga

Kate Beckinsale will always be Selene to me.

Fox News has purveyed fake news for two decades. Breitbart is riding on old Rupe’s coattails.

Steve Bannon is the bin Laden of journalism.

Mr Trump is Thatcher on steroids, Reagan on donepezil.

It is not surprising that a billionaire tops the Forbes’ list.

The day after tomorrow

Unless there’s some untapped “vote” out there that hasn’t been polled, and if the Clinton machine turns out the vote, electoral demographics (the “Obama coalition”) are all in Ms Clinton’s favor. That’s what I tell myself to ward off bad dreams.

The “rigged media” has played it all wrong. After offering Mr Trump a free platform for twelve months with no investigative push back, it swung in the opposite direction of fact-checking every period and semicolon in his syntax-challenged utterances, which only continues to give Trump a free platform. If the media were truly rigged against him, it would not cover him at all (apart from Fox News). But, alas, he’s too good for ratings in a culture addicted to outrage.

Anything goes

Frontality is passé.

Sadly, gun ownership in America has gone from being a hobby to an addiction. Promiscuous gun laws only promote the addiction.

The 2nd amendment was especially important in areas of the new nation where slaves outnumbered free persons.

Neither Brexit nor Trump nor Sanders will/would fix the economy. But false hopes die hard.

It’s not news that journalism thrives on conflict. It’s not the business of journalism to create consensus. However, it should be the business of journalism to offer reality-based reportage.

Keep moving

On the fiftieth anniversary of the Cultural Revolution: It is no surprise that the today’s Party Capitalists remain silent about the crimes of their Party Communist predecessors, one of the dumbest, barbaric, ideology-driven political programs in world history.

As much as Mr Rubio was unqualified for the Presidency and would have been dangerous if in close range of the nuclear button, his Twitter retort to journalists who launder innuendo through “unnamed sources” is well played.

Celebrity feminism is the only feminism that is functioning effectively.

On Venezuela: Fossil fuel dependent revolutions are inevitably short-lived.