Yesterday, the reliably right wing The Wall Street Journal awoke and turned on Cheeto Jesus yesterday, speaking to what has been obvious to the rest of the planet for months now – CJ is a liar, and clings to his lies “like a drunk to an empty gin bottle.” The WSJ goes on to say that when the real crisis comes (and it will), will Americans believe the words he spews, or will they just dismiss it as another reality television show rant?
The incendiary tweets, bumbling second grade level language, repetition of lies he’s heard on Fox Noise and Infowars, and erratic behavior have taken their toll.
It only gets worse from here, folks. Better strap in.
One gratifying shift we’ve seen in the chaos since January 20th is the rejuvenation of the Fourth Estate – the press. In the last 20 years we’ve seen the press devolve into the 24 hour news cycle, infotainment, and simply blatant partisanship which willfully misinforms the electorate. At the same time, that same electorate has become less and less engaged, seemingly divorced from reality and facts. American Idol and The Voice get higher participation than elections that actually matter. The election of the worst candidate for the presidency in US history has changed that. His withering attacks on facts, truth, decency, compassion, AND the press have finally awoken a sleeping giant. Major news outlets have geared up and are actually digging for the facts, digging for the dirt, going after lies and the liars who speak them, and aggressively fact checking.
My response to this? It’s about goddam time (sorry Momma). Where the hell have you all been (besides working on your SEO and re-marketing strategy)? To demonstrate this awakening, The Washington Post recently altered their longstanding logo, to wit:
During the Oscars broadcast, The New York Times aired its The Truth is Hard ad, which is powerful:
Even Fox Noise has backed off of at least some of its perpetual GOP cheerleading.
The result of the press waking up is that our system of government has begun to actually function again. Cheeto Jesus stupidly accuses President Obama of wiretapping him (on Twitter), and the press relentless pursues the story until even HE admitted he got that BS story from Brett Baier of Fox Noise. He claims that busloads of fraudulent Massachusetts voters went to New Hampshire to commit voter fraud, and the press runs down the facts exposing that as false. Now, I’m not naive; even an army of reporters would be hard pressed to run down every one of CJ’s lies since he spews a bushel basket full on a daily basis, but with a functioning press, his big lies are quickly debunked, or at least vigorously challenged. So, instead of spewing more lies and misinformation at the daily press brief, all of Sean Spicer’s time is spent answering a barrage of questions about his boss’s most recent incendiary lie.
As ugly as this is, our republic is still hanging together. And it’s critical to our survival. With the rise of the alt-right propaganda machine, the actual Fourth Estate must continue to beat back lies with truth.
This week, Kellyanne Conway reminded us of the victims of the Bowling Green Massacre where Iraqi immigrants killed a lot of people. Concerned citizens have set up a fund to help the unfortunate families of these victims so tragically killed by radical Islamic terrorists on our own soil. Please, give now and give generously.
Charles Johnson of the conservative website Little Green Footballs pointed out yesterday another alarming move by Cheeto Jesus’s administration – the removal of the judicial branch from the official website, whitehouse.gov. Here’s the tweet from Johnson:
Steve Bannon, avowed racist and Cheeto’s extreme right hand man, is a big fan of Andrew Jackson, another white supremacist who defied the courts to maintain racist policies. Looks like the ghost of Old Hickory is back; there’s even a portrait of Jackson now hanging in the Oval Office. The removal of reference to the judicial branch on the website is not an oversight; it’s intentional and likely the first shot in a constitutional crisis that Bannon is trying to incite. Here’s the web address so you can see for yourself.
UPDATED: CBS News has just reported that indeed Cheeto Jesus brought in about 40 of HIS supporters to Langley and packed the first three rows in front of the podium. About 400 of thousands of CIA staffers came, and there indeed are some at CIA who support him. The majority, though, were offended by his remarks and the consensus is that he made things worse, not better, despite the gaslighting by his supporters for the press pool cameras.
Did it strike you as odd that the press was laughing and applauding at Cheeto Jesus’s press conference at Cheeto Tower just before the inauguration? Did it also strike you as even more odd when CIA staff did the same thing during his speech in front of the memorial for agents killed in the line of duty at Langley? Me, too.
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