Saturday, January 30, 2016

All I Know is What the Media Tells Me

Donald Trump has DSL*

In an embassy Suites in Orlando (don't ask) they have free cocktails from 5:30 to 7:30.    Free, except that you are forced to watch television.   They had on MSNBC.

On the telly was "Hardball" starring "Pasty White Guy" who told us that Donald Trump was taking a "victory lap" after winning the candidate debate by not showing up.  The sound was off, of course, but the legend at the bottom of the image was "Trump takes victory lap."

The media loves Trump, and gives him a lot of free publicity.   So everyone talks about him, which leads to more publicity, including pieces on the news where they agonize over whether they are giving Trump too much free publicity.

It feeds on itself.  We believe Trump to be a front-runner because the media tells us so.

Right after that segment was one on Bernie Sanders.  They did a brief piece on Clinton's e-mails, but then fell in love with Sanders for about a half-hour.  Why not?  Love him or hate him, he gets eyeballs glued to the screen.

And that is the name of the game in "news" is selling eyeballs.   So instead of analyzing Rubio's tax policies or Cruz's immigration stand, we get tons of Trump and Sanders - two clowns who should not be running for President outside of an insane asylum.

And yet, most people get their "news" from the television.   Go figure.

* DSL = urban slang for "Dick Sucking Lips"