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Saturday, July 08, 2017

U.S. media lives in a world of its own

President Trump was the lion in summer at the G20 Summit, the star on which the leaders of 19 smaller planets aligned themselves.

You could not tell that reading America's press, relics of an earlier age of Linotypes and pushing a war with the last vestiges of the Spanish empire.

Today, the newspaper trade is in tatters much like Spain 1898 -- a trade that is like Norma Desmond living on Sunset Boulevard with her memories of her silent movies and her hope that this talkies fad will end.

The newspapers put up paywalls on their sites hoping to recapture a bygone era when they alone brought the news to your doorstep.

They think they can fool you with their twisting of the news.

From the New York Times: "Once Dominant, the United States Finds Itself Isolated at G-20."

Someone tell them: Obama no longer is president.

A man is.

A builder.

A doer.

A better writer, and a better golfer.

From John Podesta: "Why is Trump tweeting about me when he should be doing his job?"

Because he can do both. President Trump has more stamina and is more industrious than any Democrat. Any. Even those in the media.

From the Washington Post: "At G-20, world aligns against Trump policies ranging from free trade to climate change."

And yet, there is Poland buying our liquefied natural gas, and Putin doing our bidding in Syria.

And the Paris agreement would do nothing to cool the Earth down or even prevent warming.

From Politico: "Trump Handed Putin a Stunning Victory."

From Weekly Standard: "Trump Caves to Putin."

And yet, a cease-fire will begun tomorrow in Syria.

The world changed on November 8.

The news has yet to reach the news media.

Or maybe it has reached them and they are in a childish denial of reality, creating a fantasy world where success is failure.

They are not ready for their close-up, Mister DeMille.

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  1. Oh, NO, NOT a close-up! All our faults and imperfections will be REVEALED. (There are a few left; not many, though. Not. Many.)

  2. As the Athenians said to the besieged Melians, who had refused to accept the reality that their ally Sparta was too selfish to help them, and so ultimately were destroyed, "Hope is a prodigal".
    Reality always wins out over fantasy, although the fantastical allurements of the latter usually prolong the struggle.
    As the election showed, most voters in our distressed places do not live in an imagined world. The reality is the press just doesn't care about them. The reality is, the people know they don't, but feel Trump does. If he proves their hopes in him are not in fact prodigal, he will eliminate the press as a power in their lives for a generation at least.

  3. They are publishing these articles that were written before the trip.

    1. One of the nice features of Blowspot is you can write a pile of garbage and set it to publish while you are at work, asleep, or out to lunch. I'm betting the neanderthal machinations at the legacy media have the same bugs err features although publishing when they work would be impossible.

  4. Wendy Houses. One room has the imagined reality. The other is locked and contains the bad things. Sane people move with the times.

  5. I remember reading, back in '86 or so, that at the Reykjavík Summit Gorbie wiped the floor with Reagan. Wasn't true, but that's what our 'honest' press told us at the time. How would we know any different?
    I had already lost faith in them from the Tet offensive (had a front-row seat for that one).
    I finally ran into a descriptor: the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect, which for our fourth estate goes hand-in-hand with Dunning-Kruger.

    1. Let me start by saying thank you for your service. I was a small fry when Tet happened and Dan Blathered and Faulty Cronk-lied to the world. I still think a whole bunch of them should hang for treason.

    2. It was my pleasure.
      I'm willing to forego the Treason part and just hang'em.

  6. They keep lying to us, though by now they should know we know they are lying. Hoping against hope, or just insane?

    1. They are lying, we know they are lying, they know we know they are lying, but they think we don't know that they know that we know they are lying, so they imagine they have an advantage. (sorry Don Knotts)

  7. Don: You will need to report this, as I don't think it's going to be covered in quite the same way by our press:

  8. Paywall, huh?

    Where do we insert the peanuts?

  9. Hell, Trump has more stamina than most men twenty years younger.