Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Media, The State and the Wonder of Trump

We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning.”

- Jean Baudrillard.

Last month with the departure of Michael Flynn, a dominant theory with many was that a group within the government were conspiring against the Trump Administration. A “Deep State” that wants nothing more than to damage him enough, forcing a capitulation, resignation or impeachment. Most news outlets have tried to dismiss the theory as bogus.

Of course, Yahoo News’ Katie Couric devoting an entire video segment to it only begs the question of why?

Why did someone hire Couric to deliver news when most people get their news on social media?

A few days ago, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow announced she would be revealing Trump’s tax returns. Much to the surprise of her bosses concerned about the supposed “scoop.”

And what did we find out?

They were from 2005, Trump paid a generous 25% of his income in taxes. In contrast to Bernie Sanders, who only pays 13.5% on his income. All while Sanders the Socialist advocated endlessly high taxation on successful individuals.

Meanwhile Maddow has a net worth of $20 million, an annual salary of $7 million and pays far less in taxes.

Interesting how all of Trump’s critics pay far lower in taxes than the man who they’ve claimed hasn’t paid his “fair share.”

Considering the very embarrassment Maddow made of herself via this “scoop,” its fun to know how much Trump gets under her and others’ skin.

Every waking minute of the media’s time had been dedicated to Trump and his “evil deeds.” We’ve already got  “judges” overruling his latest immigration order and the media immediately denouncing him in every conceivable manner. All while showcasing their misery.

Every time Trevor Noah tries to make what seems like some kind of a joke. Every moment Samantha Bee gets off another in an endless series of hiatuses to make a ghostwritten joke. You know how much it burns.

They lost and it appears Total War with Trump is only prolonging the agony of death. Much like an injured contortionist in a hospital bed, it’s just painful to look at.

Baudrillard spoke of the mysterious glow of a television left on in an empty room. Perhaps his ideas of a simulated reality would find a new definition as the media reshapes existence into a warped copy of itself.

Then again, when did news anchors have the seven figure salary of actors? Well they do have range.

Of course, legitimate issues have cropped up this week. The American Healthcare Act, heralded by the GOP, has its own set of concerns. While an improvement over Obamacare’s failure, it may prolong the former’s agony. As one blogger put it, something more must be done or Republicans may end up taking the complete blame.

So Maddow’s big tax “takedown” of Trump proved a resounding failure, as Trump faces an uphill battle with state judges over the fact immigration can be restricted by the President.

Sounds like an interesting month.

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