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Friday, February 24, 2017

Media ODs on Trump

Farhad Manjoo writes a New York Times column "that examines how technology is changing business and society."

He spent a week trying to avoid news about President Trump. After a week, Manjoo discovered something: the media is too obsessed with the 45th president.

It is unhealthy and raises major problems for the media in particular, and the democracy in general.

Hate poisons the body. That's why God invented love, to keep His people healthy.

Yet, here we are.

From Farhad Manjoo:
What I missed, by many accounts, was one of the strangest and most unpredictable weeks of news in modern political history. Among other things, there was the resignation of the national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, and an “Oprah Winfrey Show” tape that led to the downfall of the nominee for secretary of labor, Andrew F. Puzder.
It wasn’t my aim to stick my head in the sand. I did not quit the news. Instead, I spent as much time as I normally do online (all my waking hours), but shifted most of my energy to looking for Trump-free zones.
My point: I wanted to see what I could learn about the modern news media by looking at how thoroughly Mr. Trump had subsumed it. In one way, my experiment failed: I could find almost no Trump-free part of the press.
That's sick.

Stalker sick.

Put-the-pet-rabbit-in-the-boiling-pot sick.

Hire-hit-men sick.

Already we are seeing people on the fringes of journalism talk openly of the assassination of President Trump.

From Breitbart on January 29:
Times columnist and author India Knight has called for the assassination of U.S. President, Donald J. Trump.
During a days-long invective against the newly inaugurated President on Twitter in which Knight called Mr. Trump a “moron,” “mad,” “needy,” and an “arse,” among other things, before telling him to “shut up,” she mused, “The assassination is taking such a long time.”
Well, when you call a man Hitler, that rationalizes killing him, right?

From Manjoo:
It wasn’t just news. Mr. Trump’s presence looms over much more. There he is off in the wings of “The Bachelor” and even “The Big Bang Theory,” whose creator, Chuck Lorre, has taken to inserting anti-Trump messages in the closing credits. Want to watch an awards show? Say the Grammys or the Golden Globes? Trump Trump Trump. How about sports? Yeah, no. The president’s policies are an animating force in the N.B.A. He was the subtext of the Super Bowl: both the game and the commercials, and maybe even the halftime show.
This obsession is fed by Democrats and the news media. It is incessant. It is insane.

From Manjoo:
In January, Mr. Trump broke mediaQuant’s records. In a single month, he received $817 million in coverage, higher than any single person has ever received in the four years that mediaQuant has been analyzing the media, according to Paul Senatori, the company’s chief analytics officer. For much of the past four years, Mr. Obama’s monthly earned media value hovered around $200 million to $500 million. The highest that Hillary Clinton got during the presidential campaign was $430 million, in July.
It’s not just that Mr. Trump’s coverage beats anyone else’s. He is now beating pretty much everyone else put together. Mr. Senatori recently added up the coverage value of 1,000 of the world’s best known figures, excluding Mr. Obama and Mr. Trump. The list includes Mrs. Clinton, who in January got $200 million in coverage, Tom Brady ($38 million), Kim Kardashian ($36 million), and Vladimir V. Putin ($30 million), all the way down to the 1,000th most-mentioned celebrity in mediaQuant’s database, the actress Madeleine Stowe ($1,001).
This obsession is not his doing. He won -- no, he earned the presidency despite a media that on the whole is the character Alexandra "Alex" Forrest in "Fatal Attraction."

That is troubling. 

Manjoo ended his column:
In previous media eras, the news was able to find a sensible balance even when huge events were preoccupying the world. Newspapers from World War I and II were filled with stories far afield from the war. Today’s newspapers are also full of non-Trump articles, but many of us aren’t reading newspapers anymore. We’re reading Facebook and watching cable, and there, Mr. Trump is all anyone talks about, to the exclusion of almost all else.
There’s no easy way out of this fix. But as big as Mr. Trump is, he’s not everything — and it’d be nice to find a way for the media ecosystem to recognize that.
So maybe they should see a therapist.

That might be a mistake.

From the Los Angeles Times:
In her 35 years as a therapist, Arlene Drake has never heard so many clients talking about the same issue. Week after week, they complain of panic attacks and insomnia because of President Trump. They’re too anxious to concentrate at work. One woman’s fear turned into intense, physical pain. 
“It’s just a nightmare,” said Drake, who practices in West L.A.
Drake was trained not to reveal her personal beliefs, but now will agree with clients if they say they don’t support Trump.
“If this were just another session, if this weren’t such a big thing, if this weren’t so evil, I wouldn’t,” she said. “But I have to stand for what I stand for and that does cross over into politics.” 
She is not a therapist. She is an enabler.

What is happening for millions of members of the media and others in the credentialed class is called "losing." They have trophy cases of awards -- not just participation awards -- and pages in Wikipedia, as well as verified blue checkmarks on Twitter.

They are special!

And for the first time ever, they all ganged up on one candidate -- and they lost. They all lost.

Donald Trump showed them they are mere mortals and it hurts like hell after being told (and believing) that they are so much smarter and better looking than everyone else.

They need to quit obsessing about it.

He will not be impeached. He will not up and quit. He will not be removed for mental health reasons. Even if he left office, there will be no special election, or any do-over. The line of succession is deep -- and very Republican (Pence, Ryan, Hatch, Tillerson, Mnuchin...)

Maybe in 2020, Hillary can run again and defeat him.


The media will have to wait until then.

To the Trump-obsessed media, I say consider Trump a meal. You are on your third helping.

Push away from the table. Go for a walk. You are heavier now than Fat Albert.

As for me, I am going to get in the car, put the top down, and ride off for a few hours. While I write a blog that is heavy on Trump and have written two books on the subject in the last year, I also have a life.

Everyone does. It's short. Enjoy it. 

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  1. President Trump really is a good negotiator! He's living rent-free inside the head of every Leftist/Progressive/Libtard/MSM whacko in the U.S. of A. The schadenfreude is overwhelming! - Elric

    1. I never knew schadenfreude tasted so delicious. It is wonderful for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacking in between meals.

      Now, off to fish.

  2. Trump is doing better at living in their heads than Sarah Palin.

  3. Telling a patient that they are justified in an obsession that is clearly interfering with their ability to cope in life is malpractice, and the only result of such enabling is more therapy bills, from which the therapist profits. Hopefully one or two of her clents will realize this.

    1. Possibly one of her two clients will realize it.

  4. Excellent advice, Don, as always. Lots of people stuck in a feedback loop that makes them crazier over time instead of helping them recover their sanity... not good, no matter what one's politics are.

  5. These people are all vying in the 'Oscar for biggest victim' category in the unfolding train wreck of the prog movie, " Leftist life."

    The amusing part is they take it seriously!