The Source of the Political Divide is Not The President
I love it when some journalist or pundit blames
for the current polarization and divisiveness of politics, and the resultant stress, as if he had actually caused it. It reminds
us that though some people would never admit to treating Trump like a god, they no less attribute to him mystical and god-like powers, blaming him as
the source of their own anxieties. The problem with this nonsense is not just the irrational adherence to a variety of questionable causes and other
fallacies, but that the true stressors in their life are hardly addressed, if addressed at all. Worse, the rest of us are left to deal with their
problems, which lay on the floor around us.
According to an ABC Poll
, respondents by
66 to 28 percent say Trump has done more to divide than to unite the country. The very accusation is magical in thinking, of course, evoking images of
Trump parting the country
like Moses the Red Sea. Though such
sentiment around a leader is common, it harkens to the days of kings and pharaohs, the remnants of more superstitious times.
A far more accurate, less superstitious theory as to why the country is so divided was proposed by the man himself at a rally in Phoenix:
“If you wanted to discover the source of the division in our country, look no further than the fake news and the crooked media”
This seems to me demonstrably true. Who is tasked with informing the public? Who is tasked with keeping them abreast of reality?
The media is the addict’s sole source for everything regarding Trump. They allow these gatekeepers to analyze the context, decide on what is and is
not pertinent information, pick and choose which information is relevant or irrelevant, finally serving it all up on a ready-made, often
sensationalist platter. The small size of a cherry-picked quote plucked from a 40 minute speech, for instance, matches perfectly the size of our dear
addict’s contextual awareness, and is in inverse proportion to their ignorance regarding everything else. They have given the sensationalist media
to their own cognitive faculties.
Take for instance the #-hole remarks, which have been giving hack journalists, lazy pundits, and foreign political elites each a case of foaming mouth
disease, and the tears to boot. The emotional appeals and pitying language towards Haitians and Africans from wealthy elites was a complete act of
condescension. The self-indulgent commentary did nothing but serve as a public relations ploy for our righteous white knights. All of the hubbub and
hand-wringing, and the consequent public outrage from foreign dignitaries, was a result of this self-serving display. No one would have cared
otherwise had the little tattle-tale, and a supposedly reputable news organization, refused to sensationalize such benign, innocuous comments.
That’s the way it has been for every cherry-picked Trump comment: amplified a thousand-fold, repeated ad nauseum
, and negatively reinforced
with the righteous indignation of some fire-breathing, fear-mongering pundit. How easy it was for some hack to remove a single clause from a much
larger commentary on the unsavoury elements coming in illegally from Mexico, and turn it into the counterfactual statement that now rings in the
anti-Trump skull—"Trump said Mexicans are rapists".
Remember that throughout the election and even a year into the presidency, the media fetishized the notion that Trump was something of a fascist and
racist dictator. He was even a Russian Manchurian candidate, leading the pliant populace ever closer to a new Red Scare, some pundits calling for war.
This smear still lingers in the heads of the misinformed, and thus, the stressed and anxious, whom have long since internalized their media-induced
fears. There is a direct correlation between these unmitigated lies and the rise of far-left political violence, who arrived on the scene in masks.
To this day the press laments the president’s “attacks” on the self-proclaimed “free press”, as if firebombs were being thrown in their
offices, and their journalists shot. But when comparing the threat they face from this administration to the rest of the world—hell, when compared
to the previous administration—their cries are utterly embarrassing. That didn’t stop the ultra-wealthy celebrities to stop giving each other
golden statues for just long enough to lament the fictitious threats to the press, while remaining silent on all the real ones.
As for the question as to whether Trump “emboldens racists”, “incites hatred”, and other magical thoughts, all it takes is one look to see
where the likes of David Duke, the KKK, white nationalists and the American Nazi Party received all of their free press and glory. The media blamed
themselves for giving Trump billions in
, but preferred to blame Trump for bringing David Duke to the forefront of everyone's minds.
And how much ink was spilled on the
he president's mental health
for the past couple years? This unethical tactic, reminiscent of
, inspired the Twitterati (and even
ignorance-denying ATS users) to spread nonsense. But according to the White House physician the president aced his cognitive test and his physical,
both of which brought to light his good genetics. This revelation proves how far detached from reality many elements within the press have fallen, not
to mention the useful idiots that supported them.
“Post-truth” was Oxford dictionary’s 2016 word of the year
It describes accurately the political discourse, the appeals of emotion taking precedence over fact. I’ll give you three guesses as to who the media
blames for the post-truth situation, but you’ll only need one.
It’s no wonder that the American Psychological Association
turning off the news in order to combat politic-related stress, because it is the news that causes it. 59% of Americans believe this is the lowest
point in US history, even worse than during Vietnam, the civil rights era and world war 2.
According to the same study, 95% of adults say they follow the news regularly, and 56% say that they are stressed by doing so. But the tides are
turning. A whopping 72% believe the media blows things out of proportion. According to
a recent study by the Knight Foundation
perceptions of the news media are generally negative, and their perceptions of bias have grown considerably from a generation ago. A majority cannot
name an objective news source. Let's see how they contort reality to blame that one on Trump.
edit on 18-1-2018 by LesMisanthrope because: (no reason given)