My doctor’s waiting room this morning had MSNBC on for some perverse reason. Astounding. Pure propaganda from an alternate reality. I do not understand how anyone with an IQ above that of clam chowder can watch such garbage without having a stroke. Maybe my doctor is trying to drum up business.
This seems unethical to me.
I saw gas lines while driving to my appointment. Israel is under attack again, and the Biden Administration is giving comfort to the Palestinians. Inflation is looming; illegal immigrants are literally being courted by the government. The public is being paid not to work; the CDC has its knee on the neck of our basic liberties. Crime is surging in the major cities as law enforcement is being demonized.The President is essentially Chauncey Gardener. And what does MSNBC consider the most important story of the day?
House Republicans are stripping Liz Cheney of her leadership position. Seriously. MSNBC had a stern-looking panel that was treating this bit of inside baseball as if it was a momentous occurrence. Why? Easy: it allowed the talking heads to talk about Donald Trump, to cheer someone who hates him as much as they do, and to denigrate Republicans for doing what any responsible political party would do, because MSNBC is a Democratic Party propaganda organ.
Of course Cheney is losing her post. A party can’t have one of its leaders constantly bashing its previous President who over 75 million people voted for just months ago! That’s suicidal. Like it or not, Donald Trump is popular with the GOP base, and Liz Cheney, whose animus toward him is at least as personal as it is substantive, can’t change that, especially since she has the personal charisma of a toilet brush. All she can do is weaken the party.
Can you imagine how long it would have taken the Democrats to dump a Congressional leader who dared to criticize Barack Obama? Hilariously, MSNBC was prominently featuring the certifiably incompetent Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee Chairman, as a critic of his party’s action against Cheney. This was the man who prompted Tucker Carlson to facepalm during the debate among candidates for the RNC position when Steele answered the question, “What is your favorite novel?” with the howler, “‘War and Peace’…’It was the best of times, it was the worst of times!” Under his leadership, Republicans sent out fundraisers disguised as official census documents. Steele isn’t just an idiot, he’s an unethical idiot.
The only other story MSNBC felt was crucial is the Hill hearings on the January 6 riot (at least the network has stopped calling it an “insurrection,” though Liz Cheney hasn’t.) “Acting Defense Secretary will blame Trump” the crawl read. It’s really ridiculous. Nobody who watches MSNBC needs to be persuaded that Trump…well, lets have that clip from “The Birds”:
All MSNBC is doing is feeding pre-existing anti-Trump mania for its ratings. This isn’t journalism. It’s pandering. It’s like giving heroin addicts a shot.
Conservative pundit Jim Treacher, a near NeverTrumper, wrote about the phenomenon yesterday, writing in part,
“[O]ur moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the press finally agreed with Trump about something: They both wish he was still president! Don’t believe me? Just look at this. I don’t watch Stephen Colbert and neither does anybody else, but thanks to the miracle of the Internet, we can catch a glimpse of what we’re not missing. Four months into the Biden administration, Colbert is still doing Trump jokes:
“They miss Trump. They hate him so much that they don’t even realize how much they love him. He’s all they think about, and they don’t know what to do without him. …And this phenomenon isn’t limited to the comedians who think they’re journalists. It’s also affecting the Democratic Party activists who think they’re journalists. They spent four years desperately trying to get rid of Trump, and now they can’t stop talking about him…But then, what else are the #Resistance types supposed to do these days? They wouldn’t be so obsessed with Liz Cheney right now if they didn’t need to distract us from the fact that Biden is a dud. Inflation, skyrocketing gas prices, persistent unemployment, the worst border crisis in decades… And we’re not even six months into the Biden era. No wonder they only want to talk about Trump!”