Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Pot-addled hillbilly correctly calls election ten months out

Back in February I gave the crystal ball a gentle rub and found myself inspired to pen this gem; Trump will bury Hillary in November.

And so it has come to pass... and I think we pretty much nailed the reason; Main Street America is utterly fed-up with "the establishment," and Big Media are far too out-of-touch to recognize that fact. For the most part they don't seem to have had any significant burst of recognition right up until this morning when they read about the Trump landslide in their morning papers.

It's not that individual journalists don't see the suffering of Main Street America, it's that as an institution media has long since become part of the establishment. Establishment bullshit becomes incontrovertible fact that no longer needs to be questioned, because everybody knows it's true.

You know, like everybody knows free trade is good for us. Putin's aggression is an existential threat to America. Donald Trump is racist/sexist/homophobic, etc. These truths do not need to be proven and may not be questioned, certainly not by any j-school grad aspiring to an actual paying job with an establishment news platform. That would be career suicide.

Over time this results in an environment in which lots of media professionals reassure each other of the verity of their recycled insights by endlessly regurgitating the same shit over and over again. I'm guessing that's the frame of mind that set in over at Canada's national newspaper of record. Plenty of bright minds and quality writers on board there, but a week ago they found themselves advising the voting public in the US not to vote for Trump.

You've got all your mandatory Clinton camp anti-Trump smear points in one handy package that is at once outrageously presumptuous and embarrassingly unprofessional. There's not a single professional journalist at the paper who would find it appropriate for the New York Times to advise Canadians who not to vote for a week ahead of a Canadian election. Where did they get the idea this stunt was OK?

In the event, a week later the object of their derision is President-elect of the United States.

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