Apologies in advance for a week or so of coming silence, but I accidentally watched a few minutes of MSNBC. If you haven’t seen this remarkable discussion, a Democratic activist appearing on that psychological crisis posing as a cable network just said that far-right Florida is becoming a “terrorist state,” too terrifyingly dangerous for black and LGBT travelers to even contemplate visiting, and also she’s a black lesbian and she just went there for spring break. She was talking about the NAACP’s Florida travel advisory for vicious racist fascism, because Ron DeSantis, and somehow no one managed to mention that the national chairman of the NAACP lives in Tampa. I sort of start laughing, these days, and then give up and sigh heavily.
I’ve spent a lot of time talking about things like this, breaking down the difference between what media and political figures perform and what they actually know and do, but it begins to feel like I’m telling you that another lump of shit is a lump of shit. “Chew it carefully, and you’ll see that this, too, has the distinct flavor of fecal matter.” It’s important to notice propaganda, and to say that hey, that’s propaganda!, but let’s not be tedious about it.
In other news, I was reminded this week about the Ben Rhodes interview in which he shrugged and told the New York Times that OF COURSE the Obama administration lied to the news media about the terms of the nuclear deal with Iran — because why on earth wouldn’t you lie to journalists, who have no ability to figure out that you’re lying? Actual quote from a person who worked in the White House:
All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus. Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.
Specifically, I was reminded of the image of 27 year-old journalists who literally know nothing because of this:
Paging Ben Rhodes: BBC has empowered an actual 27 year-old to tell the world what it may be permitted to perceive as truth. Marianna Spring has no discernible training or experience in law, history, economics, or science, but she’s been on television for, like, several years, now, so. She is the arbiter. Fall into line, everyone.
Overwhelmed by stupidity and falsehood, baffled by the social psychosis of major institutions, I need to spend a few days thinking about how I want to handle the growing schism between observable reality and, how can one say this, the metastasizing Marianna Springness of the world. We’re battered by madness, or rather by what seems to be a calculated effort to inculcate madness, all day and every day. Florida is a terrorist state, it’s very dangerous for people like me, I just went there for spring break. What can I say about that? What’s worth saying? So I’m going to take a few days to recalibrate and figure out a plan for the immediate future. I don’t think very often, but man, when I do, I really go for it.
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I think the most amazing part of the Rhodes admission is not that he said it but that the media didn’t pay attention. He literally told them he will keep lying until they figure it out. And many of those people have then been lied to, repeatedly, probably by the same group of people. Wouldn’t you think at some point those same “journalists” would put 2 and 2 together? Or is it all in service of the “cause” by now?
They're all insane, in particular the young women like Miss Spring. But don't take too much time off: we need your gems about these sort of people: I can't watch much on TV because of them but need to know what they're up to. You may just have a touch of PTSD. For your medicinal treatment, I recommend a slightly dry, Sobieski Vodka martini, with blue cheese-infused olives, stirred, not shaken. Maybe several of them.