So……..the President of the United States announces a major speech days in advance to address the currently longest running government shutdown in history. This is high drama: Dems vs Trump. Wall vs no wall. Government employees held financially hostage. Air traffic safety compromised. Coast Guard working for nothing. Food stamps dwindling. Farmers pressured. This is a gunfight on the White House lawn.
Sal and I are on tenterhooks. ‘What’s he gonna say?’ “I think he’ll stick to his stupid wall demand and concede some crap and blame everyone but himself. Same as usual.”
“I think he’ll read a speech and not talk in Donald-speak. He’ll say God Bless America, This great nation, our great workers and all that usual BS and then try to scare everyone by threatening getting raped and mugged and drugged.”
We were both right.
But the blog today is NOT about Trump. Not directly, anyway. It’s about the media and it’s about Arizona and it is bloody weird!
The speech was set for 2:00 pm. Which came and went ’cause Trump kept everyone waiting for ten minutes or more. It was carried by the White House You-Tube channel. I could not find a thing on TV.
Turns out that it was NOT CARRIED BY ANY TV STATIONS IN PHOENIX!
Our place gets only about 15 or so TV channels. Fox, ABC, PBS and a bunch of local stations. They were all up and broadcasting their regularly scheduled cooking shows, basketball games and, of course, the send-us-money religious shows. There was a re-run of the Six Million Dollar Man series and Lawrence Welk and the like. REAL CRAP. Nothing on the news. NO BREAKING NEWS. Nothing on Trump. Not even a commentary panel with pundits. Nada.
After the nausea inducing speech (heard on my computer YOU-TUBE channel) which, indeed, was one BIG LIE (easy to determine: it was all read from a teleprompter and the sentences uttered were generally grammatically coherent. NOT the usual Donald gibberish of broken thoughts and repeated phrases – but still Trumpian in content; lies and fear mongering, insincerity and blatant extortion) we flipped through all the channels afterwards again and again to see commentary. Nothing.
Basketball and cooking shows.
“Well, they HAVE to address it on the evening news. We’ll tune in then.”
We did. They did not. The media did report that Trump spoke and they gave the Special President’s newscast maybe 30 seconds of airtime. Felt like less. There was no followup panel. There was no commentary. There was no analysis. There was just more re-runs, CSI and Basketball highlights.
Trump refers to the media as FAKE NEWS. I kind of agree with that. I can read enough from a variety of sources to know that much of the ‘mainstream’ news that we all get is ‘canned’ and edited so much that it is almost FAKE but I mean it in the sense that it is commodified and dumb-downed so much as to be meaningless.
He means they lie. So, I disagree with him on that – especially coming from the liar-in-chief. But yesterday, I agreed with Trump….on that score, anyway. That was lying-by-omission. It was literally a crime NOT to carry that speech in my opinion. It was also a crime NOT to have commentary and analysis.
On four of the channels there was a several minute piece on a guy wearing a huge ‘Merican flag made into a jacket and walking through an airport instead. Plus we had a couple of cute kids hanging out for more than a few minutes on TV to illustrate to the viewing audience the concept of friendship………..
How is it possible that 15 channels of media, some of which are national networks and one of which is Trump’s very OWN sycophantic FOX NEWS not carry that speech? How is it possible that there were no ‘expert panels’ talking about it? How come Arizonians are shown old re-run sitcoms instead of that?
ARIZONA IS A CENTRAL PIECE IN THE BORDER WALL ISSUE!!!!
We (biased and tainted Sally and Dave) tend to think the average ‘Merican is not very well educated in ‘what is going on’……on anything, actually, ‘cept the Kardashians and the NFL. How can they be? This may have been one of the most significant speeches given in Trumps chaotic presidency so far and no one listened because there was nothing to hear……..
A conspiracy of ignorance…………..?