As the majority of Americans gradually come around to appreciating the President’s efforts and leadership in the uncharted metaphorical waters of a strange and still infuriatingly under-understood pandemic, the Get Trump media has shifted into pure propaganda and fiction to claim otherwise. Here’s David Leonhardt, arguably the most rabid and untrustworthy of all the op-ed writers in the Times “resistance” stable, claiming, “Trump Is Hurting His Own Re-election Chances: Don’t be fooled by snapshot polls.” That should be, “Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?” Even worse is The Atlantic, which is literally a full time Trump Derangement publication now. Peter Wehner is the prime balladeer of the magazines fantastic songs: two weeks ago, he wrote, “The Trump Presidency Is Over: It has taken a good deal longer than it should have, but Americans have now seen the con man behind the curtain.”
This kind of hysteria-mongering is even worse: “How Donald Trump Could Steal the Election.” The First Amendment allows publications to publish such vomit, but that doesn’t mean its ethical for them to do it. Like earlier article about how the President might just refuse to leave office if defeated, or use the epidemic to declare himself dictator, such fever-dreams are based on nothing but clinical obsession and hate. The author The Atlantic dredged up is a professor of political science at the University of Maryland named Jeffrey Davis. He, his university, and The Atlantic should all be discredited in the future, as their judgment is stunningly awful and their trustworthiness is non-existent.
Then there’s this: In an open letter to Vice-President Pence, British journalist Mehdi Hasan writes in The Intercept that he must invoke 25th Amendment and have the President removed as “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” Yes, it’s good old Resistance Plan E (on the list that goes up to S.) And what triggered the resort to this oldie but goodie? The President was mean to a reporter, Hasan is a journalist, so that settles it! Cementing the total lack of seriousness in his article, Hasan cited Bandy Lee as authority—you know, the discredited Yale psychiatrist who has breached her profession’s ethical standards by diagnosing the President from afar, and who is thus the go-to guest any time CNN or MSNBC has another “How do we get rid of this guy without beating him in an election?” panel. (She also exposed her integrity and motives recently by refusing to diagnose Joe Biden’s cognitive problems.) It’s another embarrassing article. Why would anyone publish such garbage?
They continue to publish such things because there are people, like a large proportion of my Facebook friends, who spend an absurd amount of time every single day seraching for the most anti-Trump article or op-ed they can find, or a report of a statement or action that they can attack. Then the duly post these on social media, and they glean waves of “likes” and “angry faces.” Almost never do the posters add anything substantive to their entries except the usual insults. This is because they can’t. They are not informed, they do not check multiple sources, they do not gave adequate knowledge of history, the Constitution, our government, or the issues involved, and neither do 99% of their friends and followers. If you point out why their borrowed screed from Paul Krugman or The Atlantic or Michelle Goldberg is biased and uses cherry picked facts and fake news, they have no response except invoking Fox News or calling you the kind of Trump supporter who would care if he killed someone at high noon in Times Square. And this happens literally every day. Every day! For three years, these sad, furious people, inflamed and misled by the kinds of articals I highlighted above, make it their mission in life to spread hate and division based on nothing but their own ignorance and willing to believe anything, as long as it denigrates our President.
A recent ridiculous example was the reaction to Trump’s statement that he hoped to be able to ease restriction on public gatherings by Easter. It would be obvious to anyone not completely blinded by bias and hatred what the President was doing, as I explained here. He was not saying that he would lift restrictions, and virtually nobody thought that he would. Nevertheless, when the announcement came, ABC’s report said that he “walked back” his “promise” to lift restrictions by Easter—he made no such promise—and my deranged Facebook friends mocked the news as an example of the President having to reverse himself. I’m sure this will soon be entered in one of the Trump “lie” databases.
The people—here I mean the social media hate addicts, not journalists—who constantly post this stuff are—here’s that word again–assholes. They are making Facebook, which is supposed to be recreation and a positive force in society, unpleasant and nasty because they enjoy spewing hate and spreading propaganda during a national crisis for the mindless approval it attracts from those similarly deranged.
I cannot even accord them the respect of having the courage to air their own opinions, because they have neither the skill nor the courage to do that, and are incapable–as I can easily demonstrate when I stoop to engage them—of making the case themselves that they blindly endorse by posting a pundit’s essay solely because it attacks President Trump.
They are doing great, even irreversible damage to our nation and the bonds among us that we need to nurture, and I am at a loss as to how to stop them. I don’t hate them, but I do hate what they are are doing, and that distinction becomes increasingly difficult to maintain. I have thus far hesitated to let loose with both metaphorical barrels, and to tell old friends exactly how wrong, obnoxious and destructive they are, but so far, at least, I have managed restraint.
Yet this clip, an Ethics Alarms regular, continues to beckon: