Readability

A week of pearl-clutching

At a very early age, I rec­og­nized that some women are prone to over­re­act, eas­ily offended at the least thing that they can­not con­trol. I’m old enough that, back then, the women wore pearls they could actu­ally clutch.

Young as I was, I learned to care­fully tune off such over­re­ac­tions the way one gets used to peo­ple who talk too loud not because they’re angry but because they are los­ing their hearing.

This week the media was aflame because Pres. Trump fired FBI Direc­tor James Comey on Tues­day after­noon. The Democ­rats were clam­or­ing for Comey’s fir­ing at lunchtime; by teatime they were call­ing Trump a fas­cist because he did exactly that.

The grey lady and her ilk clutched their pearls.

After a solid twenty-​four hours of hys­ter­i­cal media cov­er­age and wall-​to-​wall reac­tions on social media (includ­ing email noti­fi­ca­tions), by Wednes­day evening I was pro­foundly unin­ter­ested in the subject.

I com­pletely tuned off any­thing that had to do with Comey, until yes­ter­day after­noon, when I lis­tened to Ed Morrissey’s pod­cast while doing house­work. I tuned off again until this morn­ing for prepar­ing this post.

The one thing that is clear from the start of the Trump pres­i­dency is that the media insists that it owns the nar­ra­tive, regard­less of the emer­gence of inde­pen­dent media, or whether, in this instance, peo­ple don’t care about a career bureau­crat, who, as Byron York points out (empha­sis added),

is the FBI direc­tor who did not tell the Direc­tor of National Intel­li­gence that the FBI had opened a counter-​intelligence inves­ti­ga­tion involv­ing Rus­sia and the 2016 election.

The lib­eral media (I repeat myself) owned the nar­ra­tive for so long that they took Hillary’s vic­tory as a given. After the Amer­i­can peo­ple went against that nar­ra­tive, the media will do any­thing to take Trump down, and will clutch ever-​larger pearls, to the detri­ment of actual news.

Some of those pearls are the size of ice cream scoops.

Con­sid­er­ing the cur­rent state of Turkey and its posi­tion in Europe and the Islamic world, you would think that Pres. Trump’s White House meet­ing with Turkey’s pres­i­dent Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would get a head­line or two above the fold.

You would be wrong.

Instead, CNN ded­i­cated air time to two scoops of ice cream on the President’s dessert plate. Pay atten­tion to the tone,

CNN got the scoop (all puns intended) from Time mag­a­zine. A search on Time Mag’s web­site turned up noth­ing on Erdogan’s White House visit.

As Stu­art Var­ney says, we’re being forced into a polit­i­cal strait­jacket by a media that has abdi­cated all respon­si­bil­ity. It almost makes a woman want to clutch a pearl or two.

UPDATE
Linked to at The Other McCain. Thank you!

Linked to by Stephen Green. Thank you!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes in U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog. She doesn’t clutch her pearls when she wears them.

At a very early age, I recognized that some women are prone to overreact, easily offended at the least thing that they cannot control. I’m old enough that, back then, the women wore pearls they could actually clutch.

Young as I was, I learned to carefully tune off such overreactions the way one gets used to people who talk too loud not because they’re angry but because they are losing their hearing.

This week the media was aflame because Pres. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday afternoon. The Democrats were clamoring for Comey’s firing at lunchtime; by teatime they were calling Trump a fascist because he did exactly that.

The grey lady and her ilk clutched their pearls.

After a solid twenty-four hours of hysterical media coverage and wall-to-wall reactions on social media (including email notifications), by Wednesday evening I was profoundly uninterested in the subject.

I completely tuned off anything that had to do with Comey, until yesterday afternoon, when I listened to Ed Morrissey’s podcast while doing housework. I tuned off again until this morning for preparing this post.

The one thing that is clear from the start of the Trump presidency is that the media insists that it owns the narrative, regardless of the emergence of independent media, or whether, in this instance, people don’t care about a career bureaucrat, who, as Byron York points out (emphasis added),

is the FBI director who did not tell the Director of National Intelligence that the FBI had opened a counter-intelligence investigation involving Russia and the 2016 election.

The liberal media (I repeat myself) owned the narrative for so long that they took Hillary’s victory as a given. After the American people went against that narrative, the media will do anything to take Trump down, and will clutch ever-larger pearls, to the detriment of actual news.

Some of those pearls are the size of ice cream scoops.

Considering the current state of Turkey and its position in Europe and the Islamic world, you would think that Pres. Trump’s White House meeting with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would get a headline or two above the fold.

You would be wrong.

Instead, CNN dedicated air time to two scoops of ice cream on the President’s dessert plate. Pay attention to the tone,

CNN got the scoop (all puns intended) from Time magazine. A search on Time Mag’s website turned up nothing on Erdogan’s White House visit.

As Stuart Varney says, we’re being forced into a political straitjacket by a media that has abdicated all responsibility. It almost makes a woman want to clutch a pearl or two.

UPDATE
Linked to at The Other McCain. Thank you!

Linked to by Stephen Green. Thank you!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes in U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog. She doesn’t clutch her pearls when she wears them.