Someday, when there is a post-cold-war style reckoning with the past crimes of the American media – and I realize this may be more an “afterlife” kind of thing – the ongoing effort by the American media to slander people not like them, politically speaking, will be an entire wing in the museum.
Let’s allow up front that in a nation of 320 million people there will be loonies of every description afoot, and that not everyone deals with frustration, bigotry or hatred well or constructively.
With that out of the way?
There is no wave of Trump-inspired hatred in this country. The media is, er, trumping up a series of:
- Urban legends, breathless hysteria and photomemes
- Incidents fomented by Trump critics taken with unironic sincerity by the media
- Teapot-tempests of fringe loonies blown out of proportion by over-the-top media covrerage
…into a “story”, and spinning it into a largely fictional narrative.
To wag the dog. To try to create the movement that they’re reporting on. To try to do for hate what they did for Armenian valley girls and Flava Flav.
Will it work?
Well, their efforts didn’t give us an
Empress President HIllary. But that may have been a lucky break.
And “luck” isn’t a plan.