Meaningless Media Spreading Manufactured Outrage…Among Itself.

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Meaningless Media Spreading Manufactured Outrage...Among Itself.

We are in the 4th day of a com­plete media talk­ing heads melt­down over the Trump Sum­mit with Putin.

I had thought actu­ally that it has pro­duced one of the few errors of the Trump admin­is­tra­tion, not the orig­i­nal remarks mind you but the clarification.

It was my thought that there was no per­cent­age in it, after all it’s quite appar­ent that while some of the con­ser­v­a­tives who were upset at his remarks were paci­fied, the left’s con­tin­ued unabated call­ing his remarks inad­e­quate and try­ing to use it as club against him and his policies.

This proved once again that Trump is a bet­ter media guy that me, because it’s pre­cisely that over­re­ac­tion that is a God­send to him.

Here’s a test. Leave DC or New York, drive a few hours out to Amer­ica, find a ran­dom guy on the street and ask, “Hey, don’t you think it’s awful that Trump wants our allies to increase their con­tri­bu­tions to their own defense to just about half of what the U.S. pays?” You can safely assume he’ll respond, “Wait, why only half?”

That’s Kurt Schlichter not­ing that Trump’s demands on Nato that com­pletely freaked out the left sound pretty rea­son­able to nor­mal peo­ple, in fact a lot more rea­son­able that what his foes are say­ing:

On MSNBC, where illit­er­ate histri­onic analo­gies lit­ter cov­er­age every day, a con­trib­u­tor com­pared Don­ald Trump’s meet­ing in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin to Pearl Har­bor and Kristall­nacht, just to be safe.

Social media is teem­ing with sim­i­lar hyper­bole — “trea­son,” “trai­tor,” etc . — and not just from anony­mous trolls. It’s dif­fi­cult to accept any­one with a work­ing brain actu­ally believes this rhetoric, and they cer­tainly don’t act like it. But if well-​heeled pun­dits keep telling every­one The Fourth Reich is immi­nent before retir­ing to their town­houses in Capi­tol Hill every night,

The prob­lem of with this nar­ra­tive of course is the last sen­tence when the peo­ple insist­ing that Trump is a Nazi and that the world is about to end are able to go home in com­plete safety unafraid of retal­i­a­tion for tak­ing on some­one who is only worse than Hitler in that he’s really crappy at being Hitler who would have already exe­cuted and silenced his crit­ics by now.

But that’s why Trump keeps win­ning, you can’t spend two years scream­ing that the world is going end at a time when the econ­omy is boom­ing and peo­ple are doing great. If you to that you get one or both of these results.

Peo­ple think your crazy

Peo­ple ignore you

The lat­ter was illus­trated dur­ing Tim Blair’s lat­est US trip

Any­one who has not vis­ited the US since Trump’s hilar­i­ous 2016 vic­tory over Hillary Clin­ton might be sur­prised by the utter absence there of Trump in daily life. Every­day Amer­i­cans are mostly just get­ting on with things, as nor­mal, non-​obsessive peo­ple tend to do. The appar­ent civil war we keep hear­ing about just isn’t happening.

Of course, cer­tain pre­cau­tions must be taken to avoid being drawn into a vor­tex of anti-​Trump mania. Dur­ing my visit I care­fully avoided tiny out­posts of Trump fix­a­tion, includ­ing Hol­ly­wood celebrity house­holds, the offices of any for­mer Clin­ton staffers and news­rooms at the New York Times, CNN, the Wash­ing­ton Post and MSNBC.

In fact he dis­cov­ered that if you don’t go to places like col­lege cam­puses at stick with areas where things are actu­ally made and done, the pres­i­dent isn’t really a topic of con­ver­sa­tion:

If peo­ple from either side of the alleged Trump divide wished to speak out, I was there to hear them.

Except that nobody wanted to talk about Trump, Clin­ton or pol­i­tics in gen­eral. This wasn’t due to apa­thy or lack of engage­ment. It was because there are more inter­est­ing top­ics of con­ver­sa­tion, such as, well, just about every­thing. Work. Fam­ily. Sport. Music. Weather. Cars. Food. The semi-​trailer car­ry­ing a few tons of bour­bon that crashed and caught fireon the inter­state. You know, top­ics peo­ple care about out­side of elec­tion years.

Or put sim­ply peo­ple were more inter­ested in real­ity than what the media cared about and the louder they shout the more they are ignored.

Put sim­ply Trump has taken the left/​college/​media/​entertainment bub­ble that they all live in and man­aged to rein­force it to the point where they not only can’t seem to get out of it but he’s man­aged to sound proof it to the point where you have a bunch of peo­ple essen­tially talk­ing to themselves.

And while that might keep peo­ple in the belt­way in wine, steaks and oys­ters I sus­pect it’s not going to win a lot of votes in November.

We are in the 4th day of a complete media talking heads meltdown over the Trump Summit with Putin.

I had thought actually that it has produced one of the few errors of the Trump administration, not the original remarks mind you but the clarification.

It was my thought that there was no percentage in it, after all it’s quite apparent that while some of the conservatives who were upset at his remarks were pacified, the left’s continued unabated calling his remarks inadequate and trying to use it as club against him and his policies.

This proved once again that Trump is a better media guy that me, because it’s precisely that overreaction that is a Godsend to him.

Here’s a test. Leave DC or New York, drive a few hours out to America, find a random guy on the street and ask, “Hey, don’t you think it’s awful that Trump wants our allies to increase their contributions to their own defense to just about half of what the U.S. pays?” You can safely assume he’ll respond, “Wait, why only half?”

That’s Kurt Schlichter noting that Trump’s demands on Nato that completely freaked out the left sound pretty reasonable to normal people, in fact a lot more reasonable that what his foes are saying:

On MSNBC, where illiterate histrionic analogies litter coverage every day, a contributor compared Donald Trump’s meeting in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin to Pearl Harbor and Kristallnacht, just to be safe.

Social media is teeming with similar hyperbole — “treason,” “traitor,” etc . — and not just from anonymous trolls. It’s difficult to accept anyone with a working brain actually believes this rhetoric, and they certainly don’t act like it. But if well-heeled pundits keep telling everyone The Fourth Reich is imminent before retiring to their townhouses in Capitol Hill every night,

The problem of with this narrative of course is the last sentence when the people insisting that Trump is a Nazi and that the world is about to end are able to go home in complete safety unafraid of retaliation for taking on someone who is only worse than Hitler in that he’s really crappy at being Hitler who would have already executed and silenced his critics by now.

But that’s why Trump keeps winning, you can’t spend two years screaming that the world is going end at a time when the economy is booming and people are doing great. If you to that you get one or both of these results.

People think your crazy

People ignore you

The latter was illustrated during Tim Blair’s latest US trip

Anyone who has not visited the US since Trump’s hilarious 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton might be surprised by the utter absence there of Trump in daily life. Everyday Americans are mostly just getting on with things, as normal, non-obsessive people tend to do. The apparent civil war we keep hearing about just isn’t happening.

Of course, certain precautions must be taken to avoid being drawn into a vortex of anti-Trump mania. During my visit I carefully avoided tiny outposts of Trump fixation, including Hollywood celebrity households, the offices of any former Clinton staffers and newsrooms at the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post and MSNBC.

In fact he discovered that if you don’t go to places like college campuses at stick with areas where things are actually made and done, the president isn’t really a topic of conversation:

If people from either side of the alleged Trump divide wished to speak out, I was there to hear them.

Except that nobody wanted to talk about Trump, Clinton or politics in general. This wasn’t due to apathy or lack of engagement. It was because there are more interesting topics of conversation, such as, well, just about everything. Work. Family. Sport. Music. Weather. Cars. Food. The semi-trailer carrying a few tons of bourbon that crashed and caught fireon the interstate. You know, topics people care about outside of election years.

Or put simply people were more interested in reality than what the media cared about and the louder they shout the more they are ignored.

Put simply Trump has taken the left/college/media/entertainment bubble that they all live in and managed to reinforce it to the point where they not only can’t seem to get out of it but he’s managed to sound proof it to the point where you have a bunch of people essentially talking to themselves.

And while that might keep people in the beltway in wine, steaks and oysters I suspect it’s not going to win a lot of votes in November.