Starting on January 21st, 2021, Jen Psaki is going to have to bring her A+ game to work every day. And so is her new boss, Kate Bedingfield. They are the new Dynamic Duo of the Biden administration for the dissemination of information from the White House to the media.
Psaki is the new White House Press Secretary, and Bedingfield is the new White House Communications Director. And it’s going to be their unenviable task to begin to undo at least some of the damage wrought on the nation over the last 4 years by the Trump Ministry of Propaganda. And both of them are more than up to the task, but it’s going to take all hands on deck. And that means the mainstream media, it’s only fair, since they helped to create this Trumpenstein’s monster currently terrorizing the countryside.
Cast your mind back to the period between 2008-2016. If you had the television on, how often do you remember MSNBC or CNN dropping whatever they had on to shoot over to cover the daily White House Press briefing, live? Not very often. In normal times, with an actual, competent administration in charge, governance is about as exciting as watching paint dry. The Obama administration held daily briefings, but unless there was some sudden international crisis, or domestic crisis, the media simply covered the briefing, wrote it up, and threw up whatever interesting bits might occur on the nightly news. And that was perfectly normal for most White Houses.
POP QUIZ! How does propaganda survive, and even thrive? It survives and thrives when the same damn lies are told over and over again, with no opposition content to be allowed to dispute it. And from day one of the Trump campaign, the national mainstream media willingly became, what does Vlad the Imp call it?, oh yeah, useful idiots. From day one of his campaign, Trump was such a never ending wellspring of nonsensical, free entertainment that the media covered him obsessively, drowning out all of his opponents, and even Clinton in the general election.
And it only kept up once Trump took office. Starting with Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s petulant tantrum about the size of Trump’s inaugural crowd size, the media was obsessed with the clown car circus of the White House press office. Because it was such a Roman Circus, replete with bullshit and nonsense, MSNBC and VNN started covering the daily press conferences live, which gave first Sean Spicer, and then Sarah Flackabee Slanders free reign to spread and reinforce the propaganda. And because the nonsense was so obvious, the media never bothered to take the steps to properly repudiate it in real time, allowing it to stand.
Well, coming from this nearly 64 year old, Black Irish Roman Catholic, it’s time for the mainstream media, and I’m looking at you MSNBC and CNN, to go to confession, and to say your penance. You slobbered slavishly all over the Trump administration press shop from start until the point when your own viewers started to complain, now it’s time to show the Biden Press Office the same considerations.
After all, it’s not like you’re going to be wasting your time. In the first months of the incoming Biden administration, there is going to be a surplus of critical national information that is going to have to be disseminated. There will be the raging coronavirus pandemic, and the presumably botched Trump early distribution of the vaccines to fix. There are going to be millions of Americans living under the threat of starvation, high unemployment, and foreclosure of eviction. And there is going to be rebooting the economy, which can only be successfully done once the pandemic is brought under control.
This is critical, real world shit, and it’s going down in real time. The people who have the time, deserve to hear the full story, not just a 30 second sound bite at 6 o’clock. You let the Trump Abbott and Costello show run its course, you can let actual information make its way into the public media mainstream for a change.
Because this is how you defeat propaganda. The dissemination of real time information, with no corresponding bullshit. Sometime after January 20th, FOX News will, I have no doubt, hold a dignified memorial service to the Trump nightmare, and move on to other things. After all, they have one helluva rehab job to do to put themselves back into the realm of a reputable, if conservative news organization again. The more actual facts that we can get out there, with the inevitable spread to social media, and a lessening of the influence of Trump, the better chance we have to convince people that there are only one set of facts. Let’s not fuck this up.
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