I Hope You Hate This Story
It takes kind of a junkie to listen to only one radio station in the car. Mine is POTUS – Politics of The United States. I have to subscribe to satellite radio for $18 per month to get it.
Lately I have been wasting my 60-cent-per-day Sirius XM radio subscription by listening to Middlesex, a novel about an intersex Greek kid by Jeffrey Eugenides.
If you are wondering how often I listen to Oprah Book Club recommended stories about coming to terms with modified gender identity, the answer is not very.
Why is this happening when the choice is to hoover up every detail about the final month of a presidential election?
The answer is simple: your candidate and the campaign you prefer are disgraceful and you should be ashamed, especially if you contributed. It reflects on you and I hope you hate this story.
One of the stars of the POTUS channel is Julie Mason who hosts The Press Pool in the afternoon. She interviews reporters who are covering various aspects of the race and she tries to be objective about the contrast between the narrative spun by the campaigns and anything that is, or ought to be, real.
Yesterday, she and her guest agreed that they could not stand this anymore. They described that segment of the show as a support group for those who had to cover the debacle.
And here I was thinking I was the only one who felt that way. Thank you @juliemason.
Michael Thomas is a published author and commentator. His audience is well educated and at least attempting to be thoughtful. He posted the following on Facebook yesterday:
“For the last several years, I’ve used FB as a kind of bulletin board. As of today, no longer. I’ve set up my own website, www.midaswatch.com, and it’s there, from now on, that I will post opinions, commentary, recommendations etc. You may click on it freely, and bookmark it. At present, there’s no comments page – and I’m not sure there ever will be. I think online argumentation and flattery/disparagement have become virtually pointless. I’ll continue to look in on FB now and then, to follow family and friends, to follow interesting discussions of art and books, to send birthday greetings, but I intend to cease to be a vocal presence. Truth to tell, I’ve come to find FB tiresome, especially in this political season.”
Key phrase – what some would refer to endlessly and wretchedly as the “money quote” — “At present, there’s no comments page – and I’m not sure there ever will be. I think online argumentation and flattery/disparagement have become virtually pointless.”
Here is another quote that caught my eye today. It could have described your candidate and your campaign:
“You’d think that the utter savageness on display here would horrify fans. Online celebrity feuds capitalize on some of the most vile and destructive social ideas: that sexual shaming is an acceptable response to a stated opinion; that women are manipulative liars; and that a person who missteps in a private dispute deserves to be punished by the crowd. And these days, nearly everybody has a story about being subjected to similar abuse online.”
Where did it come from? A story about various Kardashians.
When the Kardashians get done staging public spats they will not have a country to govern.
Your candidate is a disgrace. Your campaign is a disgrace. This could not be happening without your support. It is your fault and I hope you hate this story.