The mainstream political discourse needs to stop perpetuating ideas that form the bedrock of the extremist ethno-religious movement that has galvanized behind Trump
WOW, I need to be honest here, knowing trump from growing up in NYC, I was taught early he was a scam artist. I assumed his followers were just too stupid to see him for the scammr he is. But, upon reading this article, I realize those people are not stupid. So, I am even more scared. Thank goodness these americans are not in the majority. Based on what was written, they are not ( at this point) Not that it matters one bit, but thanks to your writting I am no longer mad a CNN. But, still scared, because reading history , with the help of a terrible economy, people like these "americans" helped to bring Nazi Germany into history.
Business leaders (press owners) would rather speak from the fascist perspective because $$$$—they wish to avoid the true central theme of interest for the majority of americans, because that is economic and social justice—by making fascists the main central character, we spend all our time arguing about absurdist racist and sexist conspiracies, rather than issues that most people actually care about—REAL issues all require regulation of corporations, cuts into profit- and rent-seeking, less corruption of politicians and police, etc—all issues they would rather avoid talking about
I’ve been thinking about this since the GWB administration. I grew up in “the heartland”; it was a stifling, narrow, frustrating place to live if you had ambition, intellectual curiosity, or an open mind. I couldn’t agree more with your assessment & couldn’t be more frustrated that lazy media shorthand reduces everything to this phony trope of “real” Americans versus the rest of us, as if the rest of us - a significant majority - have no stake in our schools, government policy, the economy & the country. It’s infuriating. The true media elitism is that they hide behind cynical yet somehow credulous structure that allows them to seem in touch with “real America” yet, practically, means they dismiss the contributions, concerns & characters of those who pay most of the taxes, drive the economy, create innovation & seek to confront social inequalities & ills. It’s what explains failure of Red Wave to materialize only to see those who confidently forecasted it immediately return to same erroneous framing of every issue & same assertions that the radicals are the regular Joes.
I kept waiting for Mr. Zimmerman to tell us how CNN and the rest of the media SHOULD cover Trump. Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see it beyond vague generalities about "question" and "critiquing." Televising a Trump TOWNHALL was obviously wrong and playing straight into his hands. Is this all Mr. Zimmerman means here?
The “real American” myth originated with the same people who pitched ‘privilege’ to the indentured white labourers fresh off the boat: their distinction and advantage over African slaves. The literal and ideological descendants of these (many of them Europe’s contemporary ‘Deplorables’ ); whatever they lacked materially, they bought into their irrevocable badge of pigment.
The day TFG made the “shoot somebody on 5th Avenue” claim I flagged it as the most dangerous and divisive statement of his political career and I stand by that. I explained it once to a right wing Catholic anti-abortion TFG supporter (who was vaguely interesting to chat with until he blocked me...too much truth I like to think, especially as he didn’t note the dog whistles until I pointed out: he didn’t say “Main Street”, or refer to a local thoroughfare or landmark as pols do typically when making this kind of remark on the stump. He said Fifth Avenue, because of what it implied to his audience. Is he likely to shoot Auntie Em? Nope. It will be one of those east coast liberal elites, commie pinko f_____ n______ etc. Those folks heard EXACTLY what he meant them to understand.
And you are of course correct. We must in bold ways make clear that it is our duty to ignore and deny air to those whose political voice loudly shouts down all dissent all the time.
This is exactly right. Great analysis. All of this drives me nuts. It's been this way for as long as I can remember. It totally benefits Republicans and has for decades. We need to see a lot more articles about people who are upset about what's happening in our country instead of the “these people still support Trump” articles. I really want to know how Floridians feel about what's happening in their state, for example. I haven't seen any articles about that. I’m sure there are a lot of people who are outraged and terrified by DeSantis's fascism and his ability to get the state legislature to pass extremist, radical laws.
One of the best takes I’ve read. Thanks.
The Volk are the shock troops for corporate interests involving carbon heavy industries, freewheeling financial entities and self-interest inspired libertarians. Devolving the ability of a national government to regulate their activities is their goal. The seizure of SCOTUS has been accomplished. That body routinely declares that science-based regulation is
If we lose our democracy, the first to go is the free media. I wish they’d think about these things.