There is a line of ridicule that Ace of Spades has been pursuing for years on Twitter. Harsh, but not entirely unfair:
Decadent America has two modes: Watching TV Shows, and Reading About TV Shows on the Internet
— TheManOfYourDreams (@AceofSpadesHQ) November 17, 2015
Please take me seriously as a cultural critic and general thinker.
Oh let me tell you about All the Shows I watch 24/7
— TheManOfYourDreams (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 21, 2016
90% of the media’s “content” consists of telling you what TV shows they watched last night and who was DESTROYED therein https://t.co/Y5gGCfUNNL
— TheManOfYourDreams (@AceofSpadesHQ) January 12, 2017
the media cite TV shows like the apostles cited Jesus
— TheManOfYourDreams (@AceofSpadesHQ) January 20, 2017
The media does love their shows. Progressives love their shows.
But they’re not the only ones. At least, I’m guessing that the audience for Tucker Carlson figuratively defenestrating low-level lefty competition isn’t wildly progressive.
I also don’t think many progressives voted for the former host of The Apprentice to be President of the United States.
And it wasn’t progressives who cheered Pres. Trump’s most recent press conference, or his campaign-style rally in Florida. Someone else was cheering. He really gave it to the media didn’t he? And the media played their role as foil, just as though it was one of those WWE shows at which Trump was such an excellent performer.
Of course, the media had it coming, didn’t they? They enabled an anti-democratic revolt by the Deep State that at least contributed to the firing of Trump’s national security adviser. That’s an entirely legit complaint, even if we may not know whether it might be an exceptional case, even if righties didn’t say much about FBI leaking political intrigues surrounding the investigations of Hillary Clinton, and even if Trump has himself expressed contempt for political norms and the law on occasion.
But what about Trump’s presser on Sept. 16, 2016? That was the event where Trump finally admitted Pres. Obama was born in the United States. As you may recall, part of Trump’s entrée to Republican politics was an appeal to Birtherism — and it was the first time of several he would accuse his political foes of literally not being American.
But that was okay, wasn’t it? Democrats had called Republicans un-American before. Of course, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio aren’t Democrats, but it was okay to suggest they aren’t citizens because…why was that again? Does it matter? No one took that literally or seriously, amiright? It was just Trump being outrageous. It was very entertaining.
Anyway, after he won the nomination, the Trump campaign decided he needed to ditch the Birtherism. Trump never likes to retreat from a position, so this was kind of a big deal.
What did Trump do? He started the event, held at his DC hotel, with a parade of war veterans declaring they were not the “deplorables” Hillary Clinton had recently attacked. Trump then appeared onstage to blame Clinton for starting Birtherism (which isn’t really true, though Mark Penn proposed a similar tactic in 2008) and very briefly declare Obama was born in the U.S. Then, instead of taking questions, he tried to take the press pool on a promotional tour of his hotel.
Some might have called that breathtakingly cynical, even for Trump.
Many on the right, however, called it awesome. They ate it up. Wow, did you see how he trolled the media? Granted, he did it to distract from his attempt to clean up his grubby political roots…but he trolled the media!
Of course, the media had it coming, didn’t they? The MSM is biased. They’re the opposition. Trump has all the right enemies. And gets away with being outrageous. So entertaining.
By the way, did you hear that Milo Yiannopoulos is a featured speaker at CPAC this year? Sure, he makes anti-Semitic remarks and is a fellow traveler of the alt-right. And sure, his remarks about relationships between adults and young boys at a bare minimum should make your skin crawl.
But you know, Milo’s just being a provocateur, saying outrageous things to promote himself. He has all the right enemies, doesn’t he?
Plus, CPAC isn’t representative of the right as a whole; it’s just someplace Donald Trump donated a ton of money before he got invited onto their stage. Trump is going to be there again this year, as is Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who was the last guy to offer Milo a platform. (I recommended Bannon go to CPAC, but since he’s double-billed with WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, it’s virtually certain he’s not taking my advice.)
I’m guessing Trump, Bannon, and Milo will get a lot of media coverage at CPAC, because it’s bound to be a show. The media does love their shows. Progressives love their shows.
On this point, Ace can be pretty harsh. But not entirely unfair.
Update: CPAC disinvites Milo…
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017
…because of the man-boy love comments. Apparently, the anti-Semitic/alt-right sewage is still kosher with the so-called American Conservative Union.
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