That awkward moment when the monsters hiding in your closet at night are real…
I keep hearing and reading (in the mainstream media) about how Hillary Clinton “won” the Democratic Debate this week. What inevitably follows are phone calls, tweets and listener comments flatly rebuking that statement. It’s like “wash – rinse – repeat,” with Bernie Sanders supporters stepping up to defend his performance. This morning I was listening to On Point on NPR and, again, there was this “summation” by Tom Ashbrook’s panelists that Hillary Clinton “won.” Tom Ashbrook didn’t seem to agree, but he was diplomatic and deferential to his panelists. Again, a caller phoned in and was put on the air stating that it was Sanders who had “won” the debate and the caller sort of scolded the mainstream media for going along with the inaccurate ruse that Clinton had “knocked it out of the ballpark.”
At some point in this segment, someone (it may have been the caller, I’m not sure) said something about CNN being owned by Time Warner, who is one of Clinton’s biggest financial backers. I “Googled” it, and one of the first “hits” was this Reddit comment:
Okay, maybe everybody but me knew this already, and maybe everybody but me already dismissed CNN’s ridiculously one-sided assessment of the debate as predictable and anticipated, but it was news to me. And it made me think of the snarky/shitty comment that Anderson Cooper made to Bernie about how he had “honeymooned in the Soviet Union.” At the time, I thought that sneaking that bit of red-baiting into a debate question was totally unnecessary, misleading, and inaccurate but Bernie didn’t even address it (Bernie went to the former Soviet Union with his new wife and ten other people on a pre-arranged visit to Yaroslavl, Russia because they had become a Sister City with Burlington, VT – hardly a “pinko-commie” love fest as Cooper implied), but within the context of other CNN follow up work, selective “edits” and attempts to rewrite history, I’ve lost respect for Cooper.
The articles and assessments put out by CNN since the debate are laughable. This one giddily states that, “The return of the favorite (She’s back)” which isn’t even in the same zip code of how anyone I know feels. Then there’s this CNN article which sounds like it was written by a Communist Party hack during Soviet times (how’s that for linkage?) titled, “Hillary Clinton’s Big Night on the Debate Stage.” It’s ridiculously one-sided and overly congratulatory unless they were watching a totally different debate than I was on Tuesday night.
As I’ve posted before, the mainstream media can and will just keep repeating and regurgitating the same thing until we believe it must be true if everyone is saying it. The pushback by Bernie’s supporters is key here since that may be the only sliver of truth breaking through the firewall of fake stories.
In an almost entirely fabricated reality which is coming at us from every direction, we are led to believe that the only reasonable choice is Hillary Clinton, an entirely bought and paid for corporate shill like all the rest of our elected representatives. Without HER as President, the narrative goes, we’ll all be living in Communist China (under President Sanders) or behind a wall keeping the undesirables out (under President Trump). Thanks to the internet and a growing “hive mentality,” sharing readily available information, deeper truths are only a few clicks away.