What we deserve is fairness, truth, respect, and not to have the people with the biggest megaphones working overtime to mislead, corrupt and indoctrinate us.
First, Stephen Colbert.
The media drooling over Colbert taking over for David Letterman has been embarrassing and itself a symptom of anti-conservative bias. Colbert is versatile, smart and funny, but we have many such performers. He is only lovedlovedloved—as opposed to appreciated and admired– because he mocked Republicans and conservatives. and no one else, on his Comedy Central show. (So did Letterman on CBS in his dotage, but Colbert is sunnier and smarter than Dave.) Colbert can be another knee-jerk liberal mouthpiece if he chooses, but its a boring choice and ultimately diminishing: there is ample ammunition for satire and mockery in the conduct of all politicians. Representing otherwise on a big stage every night in an election year will ultimately become an exercise in cultural indoctrination and lazy punditry, like Bill Maher playing to the approving screams of his atheist, drug-loving, progressive audience. Maybe Colbert will get good ratings this way, but it’s not what he suggested would be his course in the run up to yesterday’s premiere on CBS.
I won a bet that I hoped he would lose: I bet that Colbert would mock Trump, and leave Hillary alone. And so he did. Maybe he will make up for this in later shows, but I doubt it very much after his demeanor last night. Trump is an easy mark: Conan has been mocking him for years. But it is Hillary who has provided the best material for a genuine, Equal Opportunity satirist, especially her Manchurian Candidate, robotic “apology” statement from earlier in the day. Talk about creepy…and, if the possibility didn’t exist that this pod person might end up in the White House, comedy gold:
It’s not enough to know that the mainstream news media will be manipulating the narratives to block and tackle for Democratic candidates for the next 14 months; now we have to expect that the entertainment media will be doing the same. Isn’t an even playing field what democracy and the United States deserve? Shouldn’t the standards for covering, criticizing, exploring the character and conduct of all candidates be the same? Is there any chance that the public will wake up to the fact that this is unhealthy for the nation and even dangerous? Isn’t it understood that democracy’s integrity must be upheld by journalism integrity?
If so, I see scant evidence of it.
UPDATE (9/12): Yesterday, Colbert’s third show, he finally did some Hillary jokes—the same ones I would have made, I think, especially the riff on the silly campaign announcement that she would be more spontaneous and funny. Ah, but Colbert contrasted Hillary with honest and authentic Joe Biden, who had a heart to heart with Colbert the previous night. Colbert has obviously chosen Biden as his horse, so Hillary no longer gets a pass. Biden, after all, is honest and authentic.
Now on to the sad spectacle of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.
There was a time, in the Nineties, when Matthews was almost an even-handed pundit. That was long ago, however, and before he became a convert, either willingly or for cash, of the race-baiting, conservatives-are-creatures-of Satan, let’s-make-Palin-eat-shit MSNBC culture created by Keith Olberman, Al Sharpton and the rest. Though the old candid and semi-bipartisan Chris sometimes emerges, like those moments in “The Exorcist” when Pazuzu takes a break and Regan can be briefly heard and glimpsed, as when he observed that Obama unwillingness to directly engage with members of Congress was a crippling handicap for a President. (Do you think the words “HELP ME” are visible in raised flesh on Chris’s stomach? I wonder…)
Yesterday, Chris was getting an early start on minimizing one of Joe Biden’s glaring weaknesses (in addition to the fact that he is a dolt), his ugly sexual harassment hobby.
Cook Report editor Amy Walter was contrasting Biden’s “joy” on the campaign trail with Hillary’s discomfort, leading to this exchange (Thanks to Newsbusters, which watches MSNBC so I don’t have to; now if only someone less dishonest than Media Matters would keep an eye on Fox New for me):
AMY WALTER: There’s a joy level in campaigning that you see every day with him. I mean, my mother saw him when she was in South Carolina. He kissed her on the lips. All right? She said, I’ve never had a candidate, I didn’t know him.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: That’s a very Philly thing.
WALTER: It is, but it’s one of those things, where she, I never met him before, but it felt like, okay, well, there we go.
MATTHEWS: My relatives, I know all of them. Nothing wrong with it. It’s just very direct and very loving.
No, Chris, it’s called assault, and there’s a lot wrong with it. As I have mentioned here before, I had to take tough measures to stop the rich, arrogant, horny, Biden age male members of a major lawyers association from molesting my young female staff members at conventions….by kissing them on the lips to be “very loving.” It wasn’t “very loving,” it’ was entitled male power stuff, abusive, demeaning, and offensive. Biden, to be blunt, is a letch. His randy grandpa act would never be tolerated on MSNBC from a Republican. The network would have Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz or Sanda Fluke on with Rachel Maddow in a trice, talking about the “War on Women.”
MSNBC, that ultra-feminist, Black Lives Matter progressive noise machine, won’t even call out a Democrat when he’s engaged in blatant sexual harassment and disrespect for women. As Hillary’s deficits as a candidate become increasingly clear, the news media is already trying to deceive the public about her most viable competition, even if it means telling men that smooching women without their consent is cool–“loving.”
This is no way to run an election, a democracy or a culture.