Head explosion #1: On HDL, Robin Meade happily (she says everything happily) told us that there were peaceful demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin yesterday…although some buildings were set on fire in the evening, and police tear-gassed “demonstrators.”
- I don’t know who thought up the “mostly peaceful” demonstration deceit, but any protest or demonstration that results in attacks on police, looting, rock-throwing or arson is a riot. Calling a demonstration that involves law-breaking and violence “mostly peaceful” is like calling Jack the Ripper “mostly law-abiding.”
It’s spin instead of reporting.
- Oh! It was those horrible police who were violent! The implication that tear gas is per se proof of police brutality is an old Alinskyesque trope going back to campus riots in the Sixties, and is, to be blunt, garbage. Tear gas is a riot control tool, and “mostly peaceful demonstrators” without permits who do not obey police orders to disperse should be gassed, ideally before they start setting fires.
Head Explosion #2: The news channels all made me nauseous, from Fox News’s sycophantic “Fox and Friends” praising the GOP convention like it was the Met’s “Ring Cycle,” to CNN, which has made the policy decision to approach its “coverage” of the virtual gathering as if it were a Klan rally, expressing shock and horror that the President referred to the virulent virus China released into the world as the Chinese virus. So I decided to escape to the Hallmark Channel, cable’s equivilent of a frontal lobotomy, where they were running the 1987 Perry Mason TV movie, “The Case Of The Scandalous Scoundrel.” The movies were far inferior to the classic TV noir series, and not just because by the Eighties Raymond Burr was so fat he could barely walk.
In this one, Perry’s client was a TV reporter, played by the forgettable Susan Wilder.At one point we see her giving a live report, speaking about a VIP’s confidante. She pronounced the word “con-FYDE-dent,” like it rhymed with “trident.” She really did.
- No, the writers were not intending to suggest that Wilder’s character was an illiterate idiot. Wilder was an illiterate idiot.
I say “was” because she’s still active; maybe she’s read a few books by now. I hope so. Jesus.
- That gaffe making it to the screen means that the director, editor, producer, gaffer, best boy and everyone on the set was unfamiliar with the word confidante,. It means that either programmers on CBS didn’t preview the movie before broadcasting it, didn’t know the word themselves, or said, “Oh, hell, nobody will notice. Our viewers are mostly idiots anyway.”
You wonder why I have so little respect for the political and social views of the Hollywood community? This sort of thing—and it isn’t all that rare—is one of the reasons.
Now excuse me while I glue my skull back together.