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A Donkey Returns To Earth


"When a donkey flies, you don't blame him for not staying up that long." 

-- Murray Slaughter, The Mary Tyler Moore Show final episode

You may know Mr. Chuck Todd as the guy Comcast hired to sit in a big chair on the set of Meet the Press and say "But What About The Democrats?" and "Both Sides Do It!" every time another Republican commits another unspeakable atrocity.

They hired him after they fired a guy named David Gregory, whose job for six years had been to sit in a big chair on the set of Meet the Press and say "But What About The Democrats?" and "Both Sides Do It!" every time another Republican committed another unspeakable atrocity.

Pretty sweet gig.  Soul-destroying, but steady work and it comes with full dental.

Anyhoo, you may also remember that just a few weeks ago, after the Republican Hate Machine (which Mr. Todd had been ignoring or shooing away with Both Siderist platitudes for decades) --
A nearly 50-year campaign of vilification, inspired by Fox News's Roger Ailes, has left many Americans distrustful of media outlets. Now, journalists need to speak up for their work.  
...But there’s a new kind of campaign underway, one that most of my colleagues and I have never publicly reported on, never fully analyzed, and never fully acknowledged: the campaign to destroy the legitimacy of the American news media.
-- made it perfectly clear that they were coming after Mr. Todd and his friends personally -- 
Much of the current hand-wringing about this rise in press bashing and delegitimization has been focused on the president, who—as every reporter in America sadly knows—has declared the press the “enemy of the people.” But, like much else in the Trump era, Donald Trump didn’t start this fire; he’s only spread it to a potentially more dangerous place...

-- Mr. Todd suddenly rediscovered his deep love of "journalism" and the First Amendment and all that kinda good stuff.
Instead, Ailes created an organization that focuses on attacking the “liberal media” whose “liberal bias” was ruining America. Almost any big story that was potentially devastating to a conservative was “balanced” with some form of whataboutism. The Ailes construction has been so effective that these days, I often get mail from viewers who say: Now that you’ve focused on all of President Trump’s misdeeds, you are biased if you don’t dedicate the same amount of time to Hillary Clinton’s misdeeds. It seems completely lost on this segment of the population that one person is the leader of the free world, and the other is a retiree living in the suburbs of New York City.... 
He played up cultural fears, creating the mythology of a biased press.
In fact, he got right up on his hind legs and said "No more!  Sort of!"
I’ve seen a nearly 50-year campaign to delegitimize the press, and I’m saying so. For years, I didn’t say a word about this publicly, and at times I even caught myself drawing false equivalencies because I was afraid of being labeled as biased. I know that stating the obvious will draw attacks, but I’ve also learned that the louder critics bark, the more they care about what’s being reported.
And after this bold declaration, that donkey stayed aloft for about a month.

And then...
And then, the day after that...
The bad news for Mr. Todd is that, when it comes to this journalistic integrity stuff, he clearly has no fucking idea whether to shit or go blind.

The good news for Mr. Todd is that, by a happy coincidence, he happens to work at a job where  understanding the difference between shitting and going blind is not a requirement.



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