Rachel Maddow turned this into an epic segment tonight at the very beginning of her show on MSNBC and I swear the point made on the air and at her blog can’t be circulated far or wide enough. Here’s the fact: While every single news outlet in America is covering the shutdown of the United States government, the first in 17 years, as the massive and depressing story it is, the conservative entertainment complex is bringing you the story as if it may as well be happening on another planet. It’s difficult to even wrap your head around unless you force yourself to go from Fox News to the Washington Times to talk radio and submit fully to the delusion they’re all peddling.
Remember Fox News’s decision years ago to refer to suicide bombers as “homicide bombers” in an effort to, I guess, make them seem more evil than everyone knew they already were? That was stupid and awful. But it’s nothing compared to the conscious choice the network’s brass has apparently made deep within the bowels of Fox News HQ, circulated in either a near-network-wide memo or through the usual silent telepathy, that what’s happening to our government right now isn’t a “shutdown” but a “slimdown.” This proudly Orwellian newspeak sells to Fox’s audience the load of bullshit that not only are Republicans not to blame for the terrible situation we’re all currently in but there is no terrible situation and, in fact, what’s happening right now is good for the country and Republicans should be proud to take full credit for finally reigning in government.
The thing to keep in mind, though, is that if Fox News and the rest of the conservative media didn’t know how god-fucking-awful this whole thing looks for the conservative base they regularly toss red meat to, they wouldn’t be trying so hard to rebrand it and put a positive spin on it. But here’s all you need to know: as usual it’s the collective conservative viewpoint from inside the bubble versus not just everyone else’s opinion but reality itself. If you’re not willing to report reality you’re either insane or you’re dishonest. Who the hell knows which one of the two best describes conservative media these days.
Chez Pazienza was the beating heart of The Daily Banter, sadly passing away on February 25, 2017. His voice remains ever present at the Banter, and his influence as powerful as ever.