How the Left Lost Its Mind


#1

How the Left Lost Its Mind
MCKAY COPPINS
JUL 2, 2017

Last month, Democratic Senator Ed Markey delivered what seemed like an explosive bit of news during an interview with CNN: A grand jury had been impaneled in New York, he said, to investigate the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.

The only problem: It wasn’t true.

… The story had no reliable sourcing, and not a single credible news outlet touched it—but it had been fervently championed by The Palmer Report, a liberal blog known for peddling conspiracy theories, and by anti-Trump Twitter crusaders like Louise Mensch. Soon enough, prominent people with blue checkmarks by their names were amplifying it with “Big if true”-type Tweets. And by May 11, the story had migrated from the bowels of the internet to the mouth of a United States senator.

The Trump era has given rise to a vast alternative left-wing media infrastructure that operates largely out of the view of casual news consumers, but commands a massive audience and growing influence in liberal America. There are polemical podcasters and partisan click farms; wild-eyed conspiracists and cynical fabulists. Some traffic heavily in rumor and wage campaigns of misinformation; others are merely aggregators and commentators … . … they form a media universe where partisan hysteria is too easily stoked, and fake news can travel at the speed of light.

People like Mensch, Claude Taylor, Andrea Chalupa, Eric Garland, and Leah McElrath feed their followers a steady diet of highly provocative speculation, rumor, and innuendo that makes it sound as if Trump’s presidency—and, really, the entire Republican Party—is perpetually on the verge of a spectacular meltdown.

… focus on the Russia scandal, weaving a narrative so sensationalistic and complex that it could pass for a Netflix political drama. … it is acceptable to allege that hundreds of American politicians, journalists, and government officials are actually secret Russian agents; … that the Kremlin has “kompromat” on everyone, and oh-by-the-way a presidency-ending sex tape is going to drop any day now.

IMO, this article is marred by ritualistic moral equivalency that lacks equivalency. That de rigueur content is likely to have the effect in Lib & Prog circles of dampening the effect of what is spot on in this article, that there is a large and possibly growing segment among political liberals who will believe virtually anything that confirms and conforms to their hysterical hatreds, regardless of how ludicrously implausible, and regardless of how many such reports are proven ridiculously wrong.


#2

I used to be convinced that they were executing a strategy that worked because Republicans were sympathetic to Leftist agendas, these days I really do think that the Left is just this stupid.

They keep taking the bait, over and over and over again they keep taking the bait.

I never would have dared to dream that the media would fall on their sword so quickly and completely, it’s as if they have even less concern for their credibility than their opponents have; I am extreme in that I want them all replaced by new entities with integrity but most on my side just want them to become genuine news providers.

6 months in and Trump has essentially slayed the dragon that has kept the GOP shaking and crying in the corner since Gingrich retired, soon the followers of these petulant children will be the equivalent of Alex Jones audience; something to point and laugh at.


#3

The gif in this Twitchy post shows what Trump has been doing to the MSM the past 12-18 months. He’s a master troll.


#4

Perfect! Like Rush’s analogy of using a laser pointer to play with cats :slight_smile:


#5

Here is what I believe and know. A KEY tenet in propaganda is the repeating of the LIE over and over and over again. If you tell it often enough more and more people will believe.

We have about 100M people in the us that I will refer to as The Bottomfeeders. For the eat what ever drifts down to where they live on the bottom. These folks are neither left nor right on their own, but rather they follow the bouncing ball and that is how they sing the song [if some of you don’t know or don’t remember the bouncing ball, just ask’].

The reason why they are neither left nor right is because they honestly don’t know the difference. They are “tribal” in thought so what ever the Witch Doctor says is what they do and if he tells them to drink Draino then they will. If you stop one on the street today and ask if Trump is under investigation for collusion with the Russians, they will answer YES. Ask if Trump is a Russian spy, they will say YES.

The bottom feeders can be herded around like a flock of birds…


#6

Very true but the bottom feeders alone cannot drive a political agenda, there are just not enough of them and they don’t vote consistently.

Screwing with them like Trump does is the best way to keep them hysterical, and they are never more off putting and glaringly stupid than when they are hysterical; it is my hope that they can stay hysterical for 4 years so more Conservatives can be elected and more good things passed while they are chasing the laser pointer :slight_smile:


#7

RET, in one of my rare moments I will disagree:

They do drive the political agenda and while voting is somewhat iffy they have become a power player and they have done so thru force. You either do as they want or they will just burn down the place, loot the malls.

The turning point came in the LA Riots and while they mostly have burned their own nests the fact they use the fear factor just like Big Al Capone did in the 30’s and the unions have.

Fear is a strong motivator. Why bother to vote which is the honest way of changing policy when you can just march down the streets of America doing as you please and folks will start jumping to your demands. Gays, Transgenders are now the number 1 in demand minority. Almost ½ of this years entering class at the Naval Academy are minorities. Of the TOP 5 on the Joint Chief of Staffs list of Fighting ISIS etc, was found the Integration of Transgenders into the Military. Even the VA has given them priority 1 status for nothing other than being a tranny. Only took me 3+ years to get my annual diabetic eye exam by tranny’s can get sex reassignment paid for by the military/VA and taxpayer.

We have radically changed our policies at the public and at the private level in America. GUNS! More gun ownership, more women and this is driven by FEAR. Black Lives Matter, either do what they want or they will burn, loot and assassinate. FORD Foundation has committed to $100 MILLION for BLM to support their agenda!

Fear of BLM, Radical Mulsims and the non working class of people is driving America at this time and they have the FULL support of the radical far left…