Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Roger Ailes' America

As Cretinous Manslime Roger Ailes slinks off to a lucrative twilight, we have to realize we live in his country in many ways.

Tonight - if the leaked copy is correct - Trump will describe a dystopian hellscape where America is under siege from all sorts of threat, most of them imagined.

Here is a good example.  My old buddy Jake Tapper notes that historical crime trends are down, citing the FBI.  Paul "Love Me Some Dictators" Manafort says that the FBI is suspect because they didn't pursue the bullshit server story.

Think about that.  Revel in that.

The FBI... the most esteemed law enforcement agency in the country... is drawn into yet another partisan battle.  James Comey, a Bush appointee at one point, is yet another tool of the Democrats.  So we are going to throw out years of longitudinal study of crime by the FBI in order to keep you afraid.

At this point, my lovely wife is listening to the Overgrown Racist Oompa Loompa engage in his fear mongering and authoritarian leanings.  (It's frankly hard to blog with the noise coming in.)

Ailes perfected the fear-based media model.  He stoked the fears and resentments of the white working class for years, always tinged with race.

Trump took his model and ran with it.

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