1.4.19

TURNING THE APRIL FOOLS OUT?

A suggestion from J. H. Kunstler.  End the era of wonderful nonsense.
These two unrelated hoaxes [Russia-collusion and Smollett-beating -- ed.] emanating out of Wokester Land may signal something momentous: the end of the era when anything goes and nothing matters.

Welcome to the new era of consequences! All of a sudden, a whole lot of people who have been punking the public-at-large will have to answer for their behavior.
Well, good.

Let it begin with two journalists of the left who have retained some of their integrity.
A sad irony is that the Russiagate narrative, which so many people clung to in an attempt to bring down Trump, only helped him. Actual occurrences that could have undermined Trump’s authority and damaged his reputation were ignored as much of the media and political class focused almost exclusively on a literal conspiracy theory that does not resonate with the voter base that stayed home on Election Day or the Obama-to-Trump voters. Surely, Trump has done awful things, coverage of which could get out the vote and galvanize opposition. But the Russiagate obsession perpetuated Trump’s narrative about being picked-on by a media that peddles fake news and a political elite that represents the status quo.
It's a long interview, worthy of your attention in full.  Here's a sampling, quoting Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi.
Trump had made it such an important part of his message that journalists were out to get him, that they were representatives of the elite who would stop at nothing to undermine this presidency. And to me it seemed the only way we could possibly lose with the public in a contest with someone like Trump is if we completely abdicated the standards of the profession and did what he accused us of doing, which would be politicizing our jobs and using trumped-up evidence to try to make him look bad. That was the one option out of an infinite number of ways we could have pursued covering his presidency. That was the one thing that could have really helped him. And we did it. Not only did we do it, but we did it, basically, to the exclusion of everything else, for years.
He's looking straight at Rachel Maddow (and he didn't turn to stone doing so.)

Deeper into the interview, Aaron Maté gets to the heart of the matter. "This whole thing is incoherent."

Yes. That's what happens when you deny coherent beliefs.

Won't a rediscovery of logic and content and the rule of law be great?

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