I generally watch CNN, if I am watching TV at all. Maybe some Rachel Maddow, maybe some Jim Cramer. I will surf around the televangelists, I will peek into FOX once in a while, but the “right-wing” stuff always rubs my nerves wrong after awhile and I turn it off.
This morning I had CNN on before work, they were discussing the 4.1% GDP growth. I thought CNN was going plainly out of its way to spin the news and the speech in a negative way. They didn’t present a coherent criticism of 4.1% GDP growth, but the presenter did sort of sneer and say, “We’re gonna fact check that”, as if there were some kind of fakery behind the report.
My gf suggested I switch over to FOX. So we watched the discussion over there, and the “liberal” guy was pointing out all the bs coming out of the GOP, just point after point. They let him talk, then the other panelists sort of laughed as if they only took him half-seriously but still liked him and then went on about how great Trump is. My comment was, “It’s better because at least they are allowed to say something positive about Trump.”
I’ve been disappointed too many times by CNN and their blatant partisanship. I know what I am going is kind of stunt, kind of like Supersize Me and other dramas like that. I know I will be reminded of why FOX is sheer propaganda, the details of which I’ve somewhat forgotten. This will probably take on the character of an endurance competition.
I do hope I will at least get some challenge to my opinions and POV. FOX is not just another network but a whole 'nother world view. It would be nice if the whole thing turns out to be underpinned by demonstrable facts, but at this point I retain a low tolerance for self-delusion (FOX is on right now in the background). Basically, FOX promotes the idea that bad=good (except on those occasions when the GOP scores a point). Super conservative supreme court judge who might overturn Roe v. Wade? Bad! Not that abortion is all that great, I don’t like it at all, but I think even the dumbest Originalist could parse a plain reading of 1st Amendment separation of church and state. If it takes a team of hot kindergarten teachers to walk them very, very slowly through the whole thing, maybe 3 times over as many days, it can be grokked.
I seriously doubt I am going to become a Trumpist. The deception and lies are going to cause me a species of pain. But I think my reasoning can withstand a few weeks of pro-GOP argumentation. If it truly, simply can’t, then it isn’t worth the poop I had to produce to keep it under consideration anyway.
(I haven’t seen any network suggest that a $1 trillion deficit represents ~5% of the GNP, while GDP is only a segment of the American economy. In the big picture we are actually in the hole, though one might argue that “fake growth” is better in the near to mid term while “recession right this minute” really sucks, right now.)