Matt Taibbi’s latest Rolling Stone column is a real gem and brilliantly illustrates the fascinating power struggle going on between Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump for the heart of conservative America.
Recently, Murdoch labeled neurosurgeon-turned-idiot Ben Carson as the “real black president” in waiting – a strange turn of events given Carson’s evident lack of intellectual chops and obvious inability to take on Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. Taibbi has smelled a rat and sees this race baiting as part of Murdoch’s desperate attempt to undermine Trump – a force he is ill prepared to take on. Wrote Taibbi:
The problem with morons is that you can do a pretty good business asking each one for a dollar to keep them safe from the giant asteroid that is going to land in their living rooms tomorrow. But even an American starts to get suspicious after 30 or 40 years of tomorrows.
You have to keep upping the ante to make it work. Trump is doing his best, but he’s going to places now that make even Rupert Murdoch nervous. Meanwhile the “respectable” candidate is Fox’s own Ben Carson, a man who continues to be living proof that you don’t need to have a brain in order to operate on one.
Carson’s latest gem is that the Holocaust could have been prevented if only the Jews had been armed, a line so dumb that it would have been cut from a Zucker brothers movie. Six months ago Rupert Murdoch dismissed the loony neurosurgeon in an amusingly condescending tweet. “Wonderful character, up from Detroit ghetto, sadly seems political naïf,” he wrote. But now he’s clinging to Carson as his best hope to stay in the game.
I think Rupert Murdoch fired off those desperate tweets last week because he senses his beloved audience of idiots drifting away. They are beginning to suspect the truth about him, i.e. that he isn’t really one of them: They may finally sense that he’s a foreigner, that he wouldn’t be caught dead eating pork rinds, that he knows what the word “naïf” means.
It really is incredible to think that two astonishingly wealthy white men have managed to convince vast swathes of lower middle class Americans that they represent their economic interests, when all the evidence points to the exact opposite. Trump and Murdoch are cheerleaders for an economic system that has stripped middle America of its wealth while selling them cheap lawnmowers and toxic mortgages. They, and the system they represent have sold white Americans a nightmare of rapist Mexicans and marauding black men out to take their hard earned money. Right now, Trump’s nightmare is selling better and Murdoch is watching his business model crumble beneath him. His aging demographic isn’t buying what he is selling, so he’s wheeling out every trick in the book to gain the upper hand.
And if you’re betting the house on Ben Carson, it’s safe to say Murdoch is in big trouble.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.