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Friday, June 01, 2018

"My God, I thought. What have we become?"

Like all late-night hosts, Samantha Bee is a bore who tells the same mean joke about Trump and his supporters a dozen different ways. She plays to a crowd of jerks who think they are morally and intellectually superior to most Americans.

Those in her audience had their comeuppance on November 8, 2016, and instead of realizing how utterly wrong she was, Bee doubled-down. They all did. Their Titanic struck an iceberg, but they expected more passengers to board.

Caitlin Flanagan of the Atlantic wrote a piece a year ago on this phenomenon. I quoted it in Fake News Follies of 2017 because she gave an example of just how mean these comics are.

Bee's feckless misogyny this week had me re-visit the article (thanks to a reader tip).

Oh, how Flanagan hates Trump and got him wrong. From the article, "As I embarked on writing this essay, Trump had just made what was then the latest in his endless series of preposterous moves: He had tweeted, without evidence but with certainty, that Trump Tower had been 'wiretapped' by Barack Obama in the final days of the campaign. In the range of things Trump is capable of saying, doing, or tweeting, this was not 'big league'; it was just another day at batting practice."

One year later that passage held up as well as the cardboard box in the rainstorm.

But Bee -- who fought to keep black kids out of her children's school in upper Manhattan -- provided two examples of cruelty to children that made even Flanagan wince. Bee would keep white conservative kids out of her kids' school if she could, too.

"In March, Samantha Bee’s show issued a formal apology to a young man who had attended the Conservative Political Action Conference and whom the show had blasted for having 'Nazi hair.' As it turned out, the young man was suffering from Stage 4 brain cancer — which a moment’s research on the producers’ part would have revealed: He had tweeted about his frightening diagnosis days before the conference. As part of its apology, the show contributed $1,000 to the GoFundMe campaign that is raising money for his medical expenses, so now we know the price of a cancer joke," Flanagan wrote.

That incident got a lot of press play, and more than $1,000 in free publicity.

An earlier incident did not.

"During the campaign, Bee dispatched a correspondent to go shoot fish in a barrel at something called the Western Conservative Summit, which the reporter described as 'an annual Denver gathering popular with hard-right Christian conservatives.' He interviewed an earnest young boy who talked about going to church on Sundays and Bible study on Wednesdays, and about his hope to start a group called Children for Trump. For this, the boy — who spoke with the unguarded openness of a child who has assumed goodwill on the part of an adult — was described as 'Jerry Falwell in blond, larval form,'" Flanagan wrote.

Flanagan returned to the boy as the piece ended with a realization of how deranged liberals are.

"I've also thought a good deal about the boy on Samantha Bee’s program. I thought about the moment her producer approached the child’s mother to sign a release so that the woman’s young son could be humiliated on television. Was it a satisfying moment, or was it accompanied by a small glint of recognition that embarrassing children is a crappy way to make a living? I thought about the boy waiting eagerly to see himself on television, feeling a surge of pride that he’d talked about church and Bible study. And I thought about the moment when he realized that it had all been a trick — that the grown-up who had seemed so nice had only wanted to hurt him," she wrote.

"My God, I thought. What have we become?"

The answer is whatever you are, you became it long ago. I would trace it to mocking the looks of Paula Jones, the feeding frenzy on Sarah Palin, and David Letterman calling Palin's 14-year-old daughter a slut -- and then being unapologetic about it.

Corporate America weaponized humor. It goes back to those lousy Norman Lear sitcoms in the 1970s which were aimed at turning America into a liberal paradise. They are othering the majority of America.

These late-night hosts are shills -- credentialed Muppets -- who preach hate on behalf of Bob Iger (Disney CEO) and the rest in an absurd effort to force Americans to conform to some weird utopia dreamt up by academics.

When Bee called Ivanka Trump the C-word, she spoke for Time-Warner. In the aftermath of the firing of Roseanne Barr, there is no other interpretation. Everyone on television now speaks for their corporate owners unless that person is fired.

You see, when you censure one viewpoint, you own that which you decline to censure. In Bee's case, Time-Warner declined to censor her as well as the dropping of the scripted C-word was approved by its standards and practices division.

Time-Warner (which includes CNN) officially reduced Ivanka Trump to the C-word. And Sally Field and other feminists agree. This is a part of an effort to dehumanize people who do not conform.

Donald Trump did not make them angry bigots and hypocrites. Trump merely revealed these people for who they are. It's uncanny. It's a gift. I thank him.

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26 comments:

  1. "Everyone on television now speaks for their corporate owners unless that person is fired."

    That Don, sums it up perfectly....

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  2. And I thought I was the only one who thought Norman Lear was incredibly overrated!
    ---Fred

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    1. What is truly ironic.
      Archie Bunker was right...

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    2. Archie was right. He worked his butt off to support his family, including the liberal, freeloading Meathead. He did his job. He is one who was described yesterday - he showers after work, not before work.

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    3. And in the end, Mike walked out on Gloria and Joey, shacked up with one of his co-eds, and got fired from his job for engaging in a nude anti-nuclear protest. Archie must have felt vindicated.

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  3. The stupidity and lack of talent of all of the late night shows has become very obvious over the last 2 years ever since the campaign, that why I take notice of the sponsors and choose to support other companies.

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    1. This seems like a good tactic at this point, from grass roots Republicans to boycott the advertisers who support the Trump Derangement Syndrome comics & their shows ... but that's most of the Dem media.

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  4. "My God, I thought. What have we become?"
    << It seems most likely that she doesn't really believe in God. Nor the devil. But she's becoming more like one of them, and it's not God-like.

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    1. There are some atheists who not so much don’t believe in God, as actively dislike Him.

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    2. It's called loss of innocence. As in innocence defined as "not to hurt". As a friend of mine says "it's nice to be nice" yet some quarters of society have been corrupted by this "cruelty is the highest form of maturity" meme which is really just a cheap implant for genuine maturity.

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  5. Anybody who's been around since the 60s has seen this most of his life.

    Nice to see we're fighting back.

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  6. Yep. Every word you hear on TV is coming straight from the CEO's mouth. Time to hold them personally accountable.

    They are no longer under our protection.

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  7. In Hollywood writers and directors have been the movers behind every filmed action since its creation. Each scene is often repeated, in extreme cases double digits times, usually 3 to 4, and the result now instantly assessed by the director with digital playback. Watching some well known media figure repeating lines and movement and emotions over and over is disconcerting to the layman observer yet Often the labor witnessed in person is never seen in the final product if judged weak. So it is in all media today and all news all comedy all drama all lies presented as news the deletions pauses retractive redos all hidden from you the final viewer. The idea that everything is spontaneous sincere emotion wit and genius pouring forth from the print and moving media is an illusion to produce belief in it as truth in all its freshness. What one is really viewing is the creation of the artist as director not it's subject. Every broadcast, every written word every comma is rehearsed. This recent insult mouthed by the hapless Bee was created deliberately by her producer who in turn took his orders from whoever pays him, someone I venture to guess who lives in NYC and despises Ivanka's father for some personal reason. Today every printed or broadcast word is vetted for liability and sponsor tolerance. In fact I would wager some of the more important of the latter were consulted prior to production. Trump is pulling the curtain on these hidden persuaders. We can now see them not as they would wish, brave, ragged resistance fighters on bicycles preparing to blow the tracks on Hitler's private train, but willful men in bespoke suits high above the streets of NYC, preparing for the Blade Hamptons chopper and dinner at 8.

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    1. Eloquent and true.
      Word!
      True dat.
      Mike A.

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    2. Thanks Mike A. It is true.

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    3. Well said, and absolutely correct!

      As Jean Giraudoux said, "The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made."

      In Hollywood, both sincerity and spontaneity require a lot of rehearsal!

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  8. Who is this Samantha Bee? I’ve never seen her.If she has any kids, God help them. If she doesn’t, keep it that way.

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  9. She has 3. She wants money to educate them in private schools which are very expensive in NYC and the best hard to get into especially if you are not too smart or, more correctly, not a patrician(= super (rich)³, nor someone of local PC value, hence her Ivanka slam. I estimate 75000 after tax for the 3 but with PC 24/7 Nanny and nanny's limitless 24/7 cell phone coverage to Asia + guaranteed pension contract for 5 years, about 150. By becoming a celeb on the left though a nice ivy is certainly available for 70 G apiece per year, (less housing and special enrichment barrista classes in Rome, near the Pantheon of course). Don't worry, three poor bucktooth Asian geniuses from some Queens shithole will be turned down to accommodate all of them. Money is blood in NYC, mon Z, blood, oxygen, hemoglobin. Character nothing, if you have the oxygen.

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  10. I'm thankful that I cut the cable several years ago and wouldn't know Samantha Bee if she was hooking on my street.

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  11. Samantha Bee's show has a script writer, a producer, and an editor. It is taped in front of an audience, and Bee's remarks could have easily been edited out before broadcast.
    This was no slip of the tongue by Bee. This was a planned attack.
    Blame Time Warner

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  12. Trump is simply amazing for exposing what many of us conservatives have known. The left wing radicals that had infiltrated so much of the public square volunteer to expose themselves.

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