Encore of Revival: America, January 8, 2018

American news has a culture of rhetoric. People in that culture rehearse the “I’m really serious about this” tone, mannerisms, and gestures. They genuinely believe that “serious” delivery and well-distributed reports are the primary cause of public opinion. They think Trump was elected by mere propaganda and so they fight back with mere propaganda as if mere propaganda was the problem and its own solution. Now, it’s more apparent than ever.

Since Trump announced, about 18 months ago, members of the “opinion class” have lived in a dream world that could not foretell the approaching train and cannot acknowledge the cause of the wreckage left when they wouldn’t get off the tracks. And now, it seems that they think maintaining that dream will cast some magical, mind-control spell on the public.

Disassemble Wolff’s comment, just as an example: “The economy is booming possibly because you’ll have someone who’s not capable of actually implementing any policies or regulation…” Since when did anyone in mainstream media believe that reducing government would help the economy? Then again, for people who think that rhetoric “trumps” results and that propaganda pulls rank over proof, such statements don’t seem like a contradiction.

Take Jake Tapper’s comment as he interrupted his guest, Stephen Miller: “I get it. There’s one viewer that you care about right now and you’re being obsequious… in order to please him.” That video has been reposted and shared across the Internet, being viewed thousands of times just in the last day. No way was Miller speaking to only one audience member. Some may remember the incident for using big words many in the audience don’t know, salacious and obsequious. But, few will notice that Tapper set a much more powerful precedent. By saying, “him,” Jake Tapper is on well-viewed and -documented record as believing that it is not insulting to use the masculine pronoun when referring to an individual who could be of any gender. That also is a reversal from the mainstream mass media.

Then, low ratings in the NFL are being blamed on having too many games for fans to watch, even though the NBA has more games than people can watch and it’s ratings are up through the roof. Since, as Wolff reports, the 25th Amendment is in discussion in so many places, perhaps it’s time to speculate the hypothetical that the NFL protests could have been part of some conspiracy to raise NBA ratings. Merely discussing hypotheticals is all that matters for something to be worthy of reporting, right?

While the Left takes their turn objecting in their own way to the opposing agenda pushing through the White House, the Right are more interested in the mass media meltdown. At least that’s how some people view it, but not everyone.


GOP senators request criminal investigation of Trump dossier author | The Hill

GOP Senators Ask Justice Department for Criminal Probe of Trump Dossier Author | Bloomberg

Trump vs Fake News

Tapper cuts off Miller after heated interview | The Hill

Tapper cuts off Trump adviser interview: I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time | CNN via YouTube

Wolff Touts Book ‘Will Finally Bring Down…This Presidency’ | Newsbusters

‘Fire and Fury’ author Wolff says 25th Amendment concept ‘alive every day’ at White House | NBC News

Michael Wolff’s spotty record raises questions about Trump tell-all | WA Times


Life Time fitness tunes out all-news TV outlets from its big screens | Star Tribune

Planes Collide on Tarmac at JFK Amid Airport Chaos | NBC4 New York

JFK chaos: Airport buckles under pressure of rescheduled flights, broken equipment and a collision on the tarmac, resulting in severe delays… | Daily Mail


Fox CEO says NFL ratings are down because too many games are on TV | USA Today

FOR THE MOST PARTSCH: Too many games, bad games, doing in the NFL | Daily Iberian

NBA’s TV Ratings Are Up, and NFL’s Are Down, Even on Christmas Day | Bloomberg

NBA Ratings Up Nearly 30 Percent on ESPN, TNT | AdAge

NBA’s ratings JUMP about 30 percent as the NFL’s television audience continues to dwindle | Daily Mail

NBA’s national television ratings up 32 percent from last season, per Nielsen | SB Nation