Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Not Funny Anymore

WORDmeister Note: We have been doing The WORD for 21+ years, and it’s really not any more political than journalism ever is. But it’s hard in this political season not to weigh in. Especially as the press has failed its responsibility so badly.

The Drumpf Farce

“We wrongly treated Trump as a farce.

“‘The media made a mistake by covering Trump’s candidacy at the start as some sort of joke or media prank,” notes Danielle S. Allen, a political scientist at Harvard. ‘The repeated use of references to ‘the Donald’ across all platforms structured the conversation around ironical affection for a celebrity rather than around serious conversation of character and policy.” . . .

“I personally made the mistake of regarding Trump’s candidacy as a stunt, scoffing at the idea that he could be the nominee. Mea culpa.”

—Nicholas Kristoff, columnist, “My Shared Shame: The Media Helped Make Trump,” The New York Times, March 26, 2016

 Editorial Comment: Well, he was not alone. The Drumpf? Seriously????!!

PeezPix by Ted Pease

Wakan. Now a dead dream.

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