Caitlin, Thanks for the piece. We need more “rogue” journos like you.
Having said this, all this with Trump & the two party system is not new. MSM has had us by the balls since even before the days of Hearst and Pulitzer in the late 1800’s. Even the most savvy of Americans were kept in the dark about what was happening in WWII. In the interest of “fair and balanced,” assholes like Charles Lindberg were allowed to express their support for the Third Reich — much of that was to blame for turning away Jews seeking asylum in America (and elsewhere) before they unfortunately were taken back to Europe for a singular fate.
Vietnam was another great example of the media being duped for the longest time. The military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about has been around for a long time. Now it’s even more heinous because it’s a worldwide manifestation due to globalization.
Unfortunately, no journalistic org is immune — corporations own most of them. Six large orgs own 80–85% of all international news-gathering orgs — digital, print or electronic. Hell, even YOU might be tempted to turn the other cheek for a few shekels…who knows? Just kidding.
Bottom line: We have a lot of stupid people in this country. Fortunately 40–50 yrs ago, we DIDN’T have social media around to clog it up with stupid people. Only the most enlightened read or watched anything beyond their local newsrag, Time Magazine or their local TV news, respectively. Now we have thousands of voices yukking it up on social media — and the majority of us unfortunately still has the mindset of those dummies of yesteryear, but this time, instead of the local news in print or on the tube, they pick one or two outlets that confirm their bias and then rant at the rest of us on Facebook or Twitter.
No, what this is going to take is an underground movement of sorts — something radical will have to happen — whether it’s an assassination or six, whether our backs have to be up against the wall in some sort of Armageddon-y way, I don’t know. But as long as we have Kentucky cousins and North Carolina bigots flamethrowing against the likes of you, we’re going to be in this quagmire for a while. But don’t stop what you’re doing.