|Just like Trump Tower|
Wrong Jim. The hostility is not "whipped up" but is the direct result of people - millions of people - getting hurt by the lies, disinformation, willful ignorance and misplaces priorities of the news media. CNN and all the other big foot media are wounded and the people who have long suffered do not see that howling media as "fellow Americans" but as the enemy. Trump could leave the public stage tomorrow and the contempt for #FakeNews would remain and grow in large measure due to "the network" called the Internet which allows normal people to communicate the truth with each other and give feedback to the corporate news that despises its own customers. Trump's failing (if you can call it that) is in telling people what they already believe and saying it with a kind of conviction that "allows" them to say it out loud themselves. Courage is infectious but it takes one courageous man to spread this virtue to a cowed and timid population who've been psychologically battered for decades.Just a sample of the sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa. I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way. The press is not the enemy. pic.twitter.com/IhSRw5Ui3R— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 1, 2018
|Enemy of the American People|
The reasons for this revolt - this dangerous situation for journalists - is very simple and has been explained on the KOTCB blog for years. Take, for example, KOTCB "The real slogan" from 2009 which explained that grown-up journalists are the same assholes that ran the student news paper in high school and hold the same contempt and envy for the fun-loving individual in adulthood that they did in adolescence - they never get past it. But the modern day media conglomerate needs to be broken down and defined in slightly more detail to understand the utter contempt the American people feel toward #FakeNews and the industry that produces it. The media world generally, and news media specifically, are comprised of three interrelated personality types working in concerted effort to buzz-kill the American people and ruin whatever is great about this country - they are Sharks, Clowns and Nerds.
Shark: A prototypical Shark is Les Moonves who runs CBS and is the kind of guy who's "private actions belie his public statements" in a way that's not just hypocritical (everyone's a hypocrite) but qualify as evil. He perpetuates the lies of our corporate masters and lives outside the dictates and mind control he imposes on everyone else. That is to say, he would never live with the constraints he puts on others and he bestows dispensation on his employees at his whim and for despicable, self-serving purposes. He is Frank Hackett (the executive portrayed by Robert Duvall in "Network") and he's no different than the boogie-man corporate oppressor assumed to be leading tobacco companies, big oil and greedy wall street firms.
Clown: The competition is stiff but just picking a name at random we'll designate Chris Cillizza as our representative Clown because he's unabashed about his roll and appears to relish it. The newsreader and commentator all have a healthy dose of thespian in them which means they are insecure and unstable personalities easily controlled by the Sharks and their editor/producer minions who make the decisions on content. The clown is there to keep people watching like Howard Beale (the anchorman portrayed by Peter Finch in "Network") and if they fail then they might as well blow their brains out on live TV.
Nerd: A.G. Sulzberger, the new publisher of The New York Times (carrying on the family tradition) is dictionary definition Nerd who despises the Donald J Trump's of this world with the deepest parts of their lizard brain and lay awake at night eyes fixed on the ceiling tile contemplating the godless injustice of the universe that a ClownShark like The Elvis from Queens could ever become POTUS. Diana Christensen (the head of programing portrayed by Faye Dunaway in "Network") is their psychic doppelgänger and, like her, they enthusiastically destroy everything thing they touch out of spite, out of stupidity, out of the incomprehensible disappointment their lives have always been. Hate them. Reject them. But have pity on them because you, the normal reader of this blog, can not fathom the anguish of their day to day life - and not just now, today in 2018, but for their entire existence on this earth. These are the people who make up the #FakeNews at the command of their Shark boss and spoon feed it to their Clown entertainers who shout and whisper it into the ears of America.
But A. G. Sulzberger denies it. “I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” said Mr. Sulzberger and then, a few days later, the newspaper he publishes "hired Sarah Jeong to join their editorial board" and spew hate. Only a black-hearted enemy of the American people would give Ms. Jeong a platform to spread her racist ideology but the NYTimes defends her. And they worry that their media job has become "increasingly dangerous", well who's fault is that?Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
I'll tell you another way "democracies die" and that's when The Press becomes a bullhorn for its corporate masters and embarks on a coordinated "mobilization of [media] mob fury against" critics of the press. The media's war on the American people and the POTUS they elected IS "an extremely dangerous sign of things to come" AND what has been for decades past - and that is where the real danger starts to sink in. The way the corporate media (from CBS, CNN and the NYTimes all the way down to fashion magazines and tabloids) has reacted to DJT and his supporters throws into sharp relief what "the media" truly thought of We the People all along.Every study of how democracies die and dictatorships rise finds the leader’s mobilization of mob fury against press critics to be at the center of the transformation. Trump’s war on the media is thus an extremely dangerous sign of things to come. https://t.co/J2QIi7AK8a— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) August 2, 2018