As usual, the media is falling all over itself to explain how Trump said Alabama was a possible target of Hurricane Dorian as it moved north- northwest skirting the country’s eastern seaboard.
As this photo shows, Trump used a black magic marker to extend the hurricane’s path farther west and near the Gulf of Mexico to include the Alabama coast. Almost immediately, the National Weather Service, which employs real scientists, some of whom believe in climate change, contradicted Trump and said Alabama was never included in its original projections of where the hurricane would hit.
As he has in the past, Trump bumbled for an answer to his mistake and then compounded it by fabricating more lies.
That is the simple story.
The media, however, as it has since Trump was inaugurated, has failed to admit that Trump has mental problems. This would explain this whole event in simple terms. But mental problems are difficult to diagnose. And since he has paid-off doctors and former employees who cannot discuss his condition, legitimate mental health professionals cannot diagnose him unless they actually conduct face-to-face clinical sessions.
Still, the media is not bound by those medical ethics.
But the court of public opinion believes otherwise. The average American can see Trump is mentally deficient, but the media spends hours discussing:
- What he said.
- What he meant to say.
- What they thought he said.
- What they wished he would say.
- What he said like this in the past.
- What his inane statements may mean.
- Why they think he said it.
- How his inane statements fuel his “base.”
What the media never says is that Trump has mental problems.
He probably had these problems his entire adult life. But if the media said Trump has mental problems, it would cut hours per day from their programming model of speculation and endless discussions about the bullet points listed above. This would render the entire broadcasting model of CNBC and CNN obsolete.
If the media stopped covering Trump’s blatant examples of nonsensical and intentionally misleading public pronouncements, the nation would still know that Trump is bumbling around the White House with his unquestioning Republican entourage. That is old news, but it is replayed every hour as if it belonged on a legitimate news network. Even worse, the networks label many of Trump’s foolish statements as “Breaking News.”
Trump’s poor mental state has never been so visible by anyone else in public life. During the last years of his presidency, Woodrow Wilson had a stroke and his wife served as the intermediary between him and Congress. But there was no evidence Wilson was mentally impaired.
Since then, no president has been so visibly unbalanced, This created a major journalistic problem: Should the media respect the office, but disparage the president? Or, should it just pretend this is the “new normal”?
The media has still not decided on how to cover him. As a former reality show TV host, the media, including CNN chief Jeff Zucker, have admitted they used Trump like a cheap source to generate ratings. Trump’s rallies served as cheap productions to the networks since the rallies were paid for by American taxpayers, while simultaneously generating large profits for FOX, CNN, and MSNBC.
But, as we know, what is good for the media is not good for American voters and American democracy.
Time to Admit the Truth
The media must admit that Trump has mental problems. He also has been a sociopath his whole adult life. This is readily visible to any thinking American. It is why Trump has never worked for anyone else and why he would not be appointed to the board of any respectable corporation after he leaves the office.
He, his family, advisors and Republican fellow travelers all know this. This situation also explains the unprecedented amount of public graft and diverting public funds into his private companies. The Trump clan knows this is their last hurrah, so they are milking it every day for all it is worth, without any interference from Republicans, many of who are also on his larcenous bandwagon.
So whether it is a fantasy hurricane map or telling 2,000 lies, it all stems from the same man. The media should reconsider its news coverage model in light of this unprecedented situation. They have to realize the Commander-in-Chief is closer to Dr. Strangelove than Abe Lincoln.
Many of the political news shows on MSNBC and CNN would better serve the public if they showed reruns of the Three Stooges, Lassie or Sargeant Bilko, instead of repeating the same, tired news format that really does not contain much that is really new. I suspect the producers already know this and this explains why they overuse the “Breaking News” headline when they are repeating the news that is days old. At least with these old re-runs, Americans knew they were watching legitimate entertainment, not the low-class, criminal reality show that is now devastating our democracy.