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For fear of sound­ing like Pauline Kael, who appar­ently said,“I live in a rather spe­cial world. I only know one per­son who voted for Nixon,” yes­ter­day I did an infor­mal sur­vey of peo­ple I’ve known for years and all but one said that they’re “up-​to-​here” and fed up of hear­ing about Rus­sia Rus­sia Rus­sia in the news. Some used less del­i­cate words.

The only one who is inter­ested in Rus­sia Rus­sia Russia/​Trump cam­paign story at this point lives in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., is heav­ily involved in pol­i­tics and despises our cur­rent President.

Per­haps “I live in a rather spe­cial world.” Per­haps Wash­ing­ton is the “rather spe­cial world.” But by now every­body, except for those in D.C., who has been hear­ing about this for over half a year is con­cerned about their well being and that of their fam­i­lies, health and per­sonal prob­lems as they may arise, pay­ing their bills and solid­i­fy­ing a sta­ble finan­cial sit­u­a­tion, and myr­iad other prob­lems. That is, the same prob­lems adults grap­ple with their entire lives con­sume their time.

Some are in ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tions: Larry O’Connor’s radio show caller dra­mat­i­cally explains (empha­sis added),

O’Connor: Allen in South­ern Mary­land, you’re on WMAL. Go Al.
Allen: I’m sick of the Don­ald Trump stuff, all the Trump stuff. I con­sider myself one of the for­got­ten men and women. I’m wor­ried about job cre­ation. I’m wor­ried about tax cuts. I need more money. I’m liv­ing pay­check to pay­check. They just cut off my cable bill. I’m rub­bing two nick­les together. My girl can’t find a job to help me. We’re out here strug­gling and these peo­ple don’t get it. I mean they really don’t get it. [Inaudi­ble] I don’t have money. I mean, I’m cut­ting back on my med­i­cine, my gro­ceries. She can’t find a job…
O’Connor: Do you feel like the Pres­i­dent … Allen, do you feel like the Pres­i­dent is keep­ing his head down and doing what he promised to do to try to help you and other Amer­i­cans like you?
Allen: If they let him do it and give him a chance. They are fight­ing him every step of the way. We need help out here. We’ve been strug­gling for years under Obama and he had the right mes­sage. We voted him in because of that. We need tax cuts. I need a cou­ple of extra dol­lars on my pay­check every week. We need jobs. We need Trump and these lib­er­als, the press and all this to get off that and think about us that’s out here putting our boots on every­day, get­ting up at four o’clock in the morn­ing, going to work and try­ing to pro­vide for our fam­i­lies and it’s hard. I love you Larry.
O’Connor: Thank you Allen. Thanks for lis­ten­ing and keep the faith.

I’ve writ­ten at my blog about how this media obses­sion is obscur­ing cov­er­age of what­ever else is tak­ing place around the world; when it comes to Latin Amer­ica, our hemi­sphere has nearly van­ished from Amer­i­can media.

We could spend days dis­cussing the dis­con­nect of the media and the Belt­way from the aver­age Amer­i­can, or spec­u­lat­ing about who ben­e­fits from this Rus­sia Rus­sia Russia/​Trump cam­paign story obses­sion. My col­league Snoopy at WoW! Mag­a­zine posits there’s some­one laughing:

… the only man that is still laugh­ing is the one in Krem­lin. Watch­ing the trav­esty of the ongo­ing witch hunts and the admin­is­tra­tion busy at coun­ter­at­tack­ing the media, instead of doing what the gov­ern­ment is meant to do – how could the man not laugh?

Aye, there’s the rub.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

For fear of sounding like Pauline Kael, who apparently said,”I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon,” yesterday I did an informal survey of people I’ve known for years and all but one said that they’re “up-to-here” and fed up of hearing about Russia Russia Russia in the news. Some used less delicate words.

The only one who is interested in Russia Russia Russia/Trump campaign story at this point lives in Washington, D.C., is heavily involved in politics and despises our current President.

Perhaps “I live in a rather special world.” Perhaps Washington is the “rather special world.” But by now everybody, except for those in D.C., who has been hearing about this for over half a year is concerned about their well being and that of their families, health and personal problems as they may arise, paying their bills and solidifying a stable financial situation, and myriad other problems. That is, the same problems adults grapple with their entire lives consume their time.

Some are in terrible situations: Larry O’Connor’s radio show caller dramatically explains (emphasis added),

O’Connor: Allen in Southern Maryland, you’re on WMAL. Go Al.
Allen: I’m sick of the Donald Trump stuff, all the Trump stuff. I consider myself one of the forgotten men and women. I’m worried about job creation. I’m worried about tax cuts. I need more money. I’m living paycheck to paycheck. They just cut off my cable bill. I’m rubbing two nickles together. My girl can’t find a job to help me. We’re out here struggling and these people don’t get it. I mean they really don’t get it. [Inaudible] I don’t have money. I mean, I’m cutting back on my medicine, my groceries. She can’t find a job…
O’Connor: Do you feel like the President … Allen, do you feel like the President is keeping his head down and doing what he promised to do to try to help you and other Americans like you?
Allen: If they let him do it and give him a chance. They are fighting him every step of the way. We need help out here. We’ve been struggling for years under Obama and he had the right message. We voted him in because of that. We need tax cuts. I need a couple of extra dollars on my paycheck every week. We need jobs. We need Trump and these liberals, the press and all this to get off that and think about us that’s out here putting our boots on everyday, getting up at four o’clock in the morning, going to work and trying to provide for our families and it’s hard. I love you Larry.
O’Connor: Thank you Allen. Thanks for listening and keep the faith.

I’ve written at my blog about how this media obsession is obscuring coverage of whatever else is taking place around the world; when it comes to Latin America, our hemisphere has nearly vanished from American media.

We could spend days discussing the disconnect of the media and the Beltway from the average American, or speculating about who benefits from this Russia Russia Russia/Trump campaign story obsession. My colleague Snoopy at WoW! Magazine posits there’s someone laughing:

. . . the only man that is still laughing is the one in Kremlin. Watching the travesty of the ongoing witch hunts and the administration busy at counterattacking the media, instead of doing what the government is meant to do – how could the man not laugh?

Aye, there’s the rub.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog