Jay Smooth on Up With Chris in response to Romney’s birther moment:
“He was cleaning his dog whistle and it just went off!”
Sums up the Romney line very concisely.
I started writing this post about a week ago, having no idea that the two subjects of the post, dumb and dumber, would meet up and chow on some pizza. If you added up their IQ’s, you still wouldn’t reach 100. I imagine there was a lot of grunting and pointing going on at this meeting of the stupids.
Cable news and even broadcast news have become vehicles for con artists, egomaniacs and narcissists to make lots of money. There are way too many examples of this in the last few years, but I will just pick a few to focus on. The most recent and blatant example is Donald Trump. He used the guise of “possibly” running for president to promote his NBC show “Celebrity Apprentice”. It was so over the top and obvious, that some in the media even said they knew he was just trying to get publicity and then they would “roll tape” or say “we’ll talk to the Donald right after the break.” So even after admitting that they were being used, they just kept doing it. There were a few days on MSNBC where he was camped out in their studio and they put him on every half hour to spew his bullshit, mostly unchallenged. And he always dropped in several mentions of his TV show, without fail. I watched as MSNBC anchors just sat there speechless as he vomited out his racist, elitist bullshit and in my opinion, did great harm to our society. They helped to perpetuate the underlying racism behind his birth certificate claims and towards the end of his media blitz, the President’s educational accomplishments. That all came to a halt with the complete shellacking of Donald Trump at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. And then the next day, the killing of Osama bin Laden.
I called for a boycott of NBC until they fire him. I am still not watching that network until his ass is gone. It doesn’t look like it will be anytime soon, so NBC can count on one less viewer and one less consumer buying their advertisers products. I will not watch that network until he is off the air, period. I have also switched over to CNN as my daytime news network. Fuck MSNBC during the day, they simply take the latest meme from the “Morning Meme Generator with Joe” and repeat it on the half hour and then bring on Jane Hamsher or some other firebagger to beat up on the President and ignore his latest accomplishments. They usually have a Republican there to beat up on the president too, their idea of being bi-partisan. I do still watch Lawrence O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow and sometimes Ed Schultz. What else is there for a liberal to watch these days, until I get my cable network off the ground. (Only half joking)
The other example of the cable networks being willing vehicles for con artists is Sarah Palin. She has a documentary coming out and is on a bus tour. She has a fire in her belly, you know. I take Prilosec for mine. But once again, she is teasing the media into thinking she is running for president, when almost everyone says they know she will not. But that isn’t any reason to not pretend like she is and give her all the oxygen in the room. Who gives a shit about Joplin MO, or the radiation in Japan that has dropped off the radar, or the other communities torn apart by tornadoes or flooding. Instead, they are pimping for Sarah Palin and putting money directly into her greedy little, crib-noted hands. They are completely unabashed in giving her all the time she wants. And I’m not just talking about Fox News, this is all the cable networks, broadcast networks and the freakin internet too. I personally have grown tired of laughing at her half-witted sayings and screeching voice.
Mark my words, the next few weeks will be the Sarah Palin chronicles on cable news, they will have well paid reporters following her around, clinging to every word and tweet she spews, speculating about her run for president, blah, blah, fucking blah. And there is no way in hell she is running for president, that’s way too much work. Shit, she couldn’t handle being the governor of Alaska and cashed in while the getting was good.
I’ve been calling this phenomenon the “Balloon Boy Syndrome”, in honor of Richard and Mayumi Heene, the reality show folks who missed the limelight of being reality stars and had to jump up and down to get people to pay attention to them. This syndrome is very contagious, as soon as one network goes with a story, the others follow right along. Long gone are the days of checking sources or confirming stories, that’s for wimps. Run with it, what the hell, they can always spend 20 seconds saying they were wrong, after having beat the dead horse into the ground or followed the empty balloon half way across the country. They wait for the next ding and head off like salivating dogs to the next media created 15 minute fame whore.
The effect of the “Balloon Boy Syndrome” is that it just encourages others to do the same. At one point, I referred to the Republican primary as simply auditions for Fox News. Just today, I saw that Gov. Rick Scott of Florida and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas are both toying with the idea of throwing their hats in the ring. Who can blame them, all they have to do is say a few crazy things, watch the media descend upon them, they get built up, form a PAC, raise a bunch of money, write a book and collect the loot. And these cable outlets and news organizations just play right along with it, no shame, no apologies and no honor obviously. Is it any wonder the media ranks below child molesters in polls. (That may be a slight exaggeration, but who’s going to check on it?)
After how many weeks of Donald Trump peddling his racist tripe in the media, it seems like an eternity, the media is finally starting to look into Ole’ Donald’s background. It’s a typical progression for the media, give a platform to a nut, build them up, put them on a pedestal and then knock them down. I’m all for the knocking down part, but the building up should never happen in the first damn place. Throughout this whole charade, I’ve been waiting for someone in the media to look into his past, give us some context for why this man has such warped opinions and thought processes. Justin Elliot at Salon.com has dug up a little history about the Donald and I believe that if it had been brought to light a few weeks ago, the whole birther bullshit wouldn’t have gotten to the point it has…maybe, maybe not. From Salon.com…(emphasis mine)
The discrimination case began in the earliest days of Trump’s career, when he was still in his 20s.
Fred Trump, Donald’s father, was, unlike his son, a self-made man. He made his fortune by building thousands of units of middle-class housing in Brooklyn and Queens. But in the early 1970s, Donald was made president of the family company.
One of Donald’s first challenges came in October 1973, when the Justice Department hit the Trump Organization with a major discrimination suit for violating the Fair Housing Act. The Times reported:
… the Government contended that Trump Management had refused to rent or negotiate rentals “because of race and color.” It also charged that the company had required different rental terms and conditions because of race and that it had misrepresented to blacks that apartments were not available.
The journalist Gwenda Blair reported in her 2005 Trump biography that while Fred Trump had sought to combat previous discrimination allegations through “quiet diplomacy,” Donald decided to go on the offensive. He hired his friend Roy Cohn, the celebrity lawyer and former Joseph McCarthy aide, to countersue the government for making baseless charges against the company. They sought a staggering $100 million in damages.
A few months after the government filed the suit, Trump gave a combative press conference at the New York Hilton in which he went after the Justice Department for being too friendly to welfare recipients. He “accused the Justice Department of singling out his corporation because it was a large one and because the Government was trying to force it to rent to welfare recipients,” the Times reported. Trump added that if welfare recipients were allowed into his apartments in certain middle-class outer-borough neighborhoods, there would be a “massive fleeing from the city of not only our tenants, but communities as a whole.”
They will ruin the neighborhood, you know. This is the classic “white flight” phenomenon that Wikipedia explains for us very well.
The business practices of redlining, mortgage discrimination, and racially restrictive covenants contributed to the overcrowding and physical deterioration of areas where minorities were confined. Such conditions are considered to have contributed to the out-migration of other populations. The limited facilities for banking and insurance, and other social services, and extra fees increased their cost to residents in predominantly non-white suburbs and city neighborhoods. According to the environmental geographer Laura Pulido, the historical processes of suburbanization and urban decentralization contribute to contemporary environmental racism.
It didn’t surprise me one bit that Donald Trump embraced that idea, just looking at the man makes me think I saw his picture in the dictionary under “racist landlord”. He could be the poster boy for the concept with that smug, arrogant look on his face. There is more to the story from Salon.com…
But it didn’t end there. In 1978, the government filed a motion for supplemental relief, charging that the Trump company had not complied with the 1975 agreement. The government alleged that the Trump company “discriminated against blacks in the terms and conditions of rental, made statements indicating discrimination based on race and told blacks that apartments were not available for inspection and rental when, in fact, they are,” the Times reported. Trump again denied the charges.
It’s not clear what happened with the government’s request for further action (and compensation for victims), but in 1983, a fair-housing activist cited statistics that two Trump Village developments had white majorities of at least 95 percent.
At the very least, the case is something for reporters to ask about next time Trump touts his “great relationship with the blacks
It would have been awesome had the media thrown this information into his face every time he raised his racist birther crap, wouldn’t it? Is the media really that damn slow on the uptake? Or do they like the ratings and the hoopla at the expense of hurting this country and the millions of people who had to witness it. And the damage is there, it isn’t going away in a hurry and in fact there will be residuals for years to come. It has tainted a whole generation of impressionable minds, which is exactly what racists like to do, pass it on to future generations. I personally don’t have a lot of confidence in the media to moderate this type of event anymore, they are complicit in it and have found a way to make money off it. Shameful!
This is an excerpt of a comment that was left in the comments of a previous post. It expressed a point that has been missing in the conversation on this clown Trump, from Pamela Ranberg…
This is the last message I will send to NBC. I am a 61-year young African-American female who has enjoyed NBC for years. I just need to inform you how disappointed I am with you as a network. This is the network that was saved by Bill Cosby. Donald Trump is an ignorant clown, but I do not blame him for the mess he has created. Your network created this monster and now you can enjoy each other. Disagreement over politics is one thing, but now Trump is on your network with his reality show, while running a campaign to prove Mr. Obama did not write his books, or earn his position at Harvard. You know the claim has no truth to it but who cares, if it increases your ratings?
What does this say to every young black person who finally felt they can be whatever they want to, if they work hard? What does it say to my generation, survivors of segregation? It says that a white man can run around telling lies that diminish the reputation of a good black man, and have a television show at the same time. NBC is now partners in encouraging a public lynching to get ratings. You are helping to destroy the idea that a black man is smart enough to write a book or attend an Ivy League school. You are helping to put blacks in our place by reminding us the White House is just that, THE WHITE’S ONLY HOUSE. You as a network have a problem. You have no genuine respect for African Americans. As long as Al Roker is grinning on the Today Show “the blacks” should be happy.
The President is having a press conference at 9:45 where he will speak about the long form birth certificate that was just released. I hope he fucking knocks Donald Trump out with an uppercut to the chin. I’m not a violent person at all, but I would pay good money to see the President take it to Donald Trump, whether it is rhetorical or physical or both. Below is a photo of it posted by CBS News, I’ll update with the Whitehouse version soon.
Greg Sargent at The Plum Line says what I’ve been thinking about the Republicans trying to purge Donald Trump and his birther bullshit from the party. I think Donald Trump is going to ask Orly Taitz to be his running mate. Yeee hawwww, giddyup ya’ll. From Greg Sargent…
Here’s the thing: Trump’s candidacy is largely a problem of the GOP’s own making. It’s a symptom of circumstances Republicans have spent the last two years tacitly cultivating as an asset. Republican leaders have at best refused to tamp down the most outlandish right-wing conspiracy-mongering about the president and at worst have actively enabled it. The result: A substantial portion of their base believes a complete myth about the president’s birth certificate, and Republicans are stuck with a candidate shameless enough to exploit the issue without resorting to the usual euphemisms more respectable Republicans tend to employ when hinting at the president’s supposed cultural otherness.
Being the political junky that I am, it often drives me nuts when unserious or politically immature people make comments that show that they have no clue how our political system really works. It isn’t pretty at all, lobbyists, big money, deal making, earmarks, largesse, paybacks and that is just some of what goes on. The legislative process has all that plus the rules committee and lock-step partisan voting, which is one of the reasons why I ALWAYS vote Democratic. It is a good versus evil proposition in my mind.
I’ve railed against the media a lot on this blog because it is very rapidly become one massive joke, one massive “infotainment” business, one massive pile of innuendo and lies. There is no objective truth anymore, simply he said, she said. I was very impressed with Savannah Guthrie for challenging Donald Trump on his “Just tell them” theory of governing. Here is a little clip of the Donald…
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That Donny Trump has a pretty high opinion of himself these days and isn’t really shy in saying so. But he gets awfully defensive about his many bankruptcies and seems to think because it was the different corporations that went bankrupt, it really wasn’t him. He shielded himself pretty good, which is smart I guess. But just because you are shielded doesn’t mean it isn’t your company that went bankrupt. International Business Times has a story about it, check it out…
In an interview with Kelly Evans of the Wall Street Journal, Trump was asked if someone (like him) who has filed multiple corporate bankruptcies should be running the finances of the US, especially at a time when the national debt is so high.
Trump responded that he simply used the law of the country – namely Chapter 11 – to negotiate corporate debt deals. He also said great businessmen like Carl Icahn and Henry Kravis both have filed for corporate bankruptcies.
Previously, Trump filed for corporate bankruptcy in 1991, 1992, 2004, and 2009.
As Trump stated in the interview, these Chapter 11 corporate bankruptcies were used to negotiate debt deals. After the deals were done, all of his companies went on to survive (and in some cases thrive).