The mainstream media has long been on President Trump’s short lost of frequent targets, and it’s easy to see why.
These pontificators and pundits are working within a flawed system that grinds noisily against the wishes and beliefs of a free and harmonious society. America is a melting pot, not just in the ancestral sense, but also in the case of free speech. This inalienable right should have given us an edge on the rest of the world when it comes to making democracy work.
The mainstream media has changed all that.
Instead of fostering the diversity of opinion, the media simply lumps us into one of two categories. Left or right. Republican or democrat. Liberal or conservative. The reason for this dumbing down of the rhetoric is simply corporate greed, which is the truly inexcusable truth.
By goading us into conflict with one another, they profit on covering the mayhem. With any number of “news” stations vying for our attention these days, the competition is fierce, and pundits are trained to poke and prod their guests for salacious and sensational soundbites so that the advertisers keep buying airtime.
That’s how we wound up with politicians on television openly and wantonly fantasizing about some ill-fate befalling the President of the United States.
Thursday on CNN’s “Situation Room,” anchor Wolf Blitzer asked Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) if he would like to see President Donald Trump in prison, as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly said.
Himes said, “This isn’t about my feelings or about retribution. Look, the lizard brain that I have says I hope bad things happen to this man because he has been so destructive to our Republic, to the concept of democracy, to the concept that internationally we are a light unto the nations. So, yes, I have my emotional reactions.”
This is not the America that the founders intended. This is a perversion of freedom by the infotainment industry, and an escalation of vitriol that could very well lead to violence.
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