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Jerry Shenk


The 'Physics' of Political Media

by Jerry Shenk
 

Politics and physics are fundamentally different: In physics, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction; for every political action there are dozens of extravagantly dramatic overreactions, almost always from liberals.

Writer Charlie Martin reasoned: “Donald J. Trump is President. Really. Won it fair and square, he was inaugurated [nine] " almost [ten] " months ago, and very probably is going to be President for another three and a half years. Minimum. So, now, children, let’s calm down.”

Left-wing media, unreconciled to Trump’s election are still overreacting " extravagantly and, often, stupidly.

For example, in an article entitled “Trump Tax Plan,” the NY Times’ Binyamin Applebaum wrote about congressional tax reform efforts: “The plan would not benefit lower-income households that do not pay federal income taxes.”
No kidding?

Following personnel cutbacks, Times copy editors are an endangered species, but headcount reductions are a weak excuse. At minimum, shouldn’t personal and professional pride motivate a “journalist” to proofread his own material to avoid that sort of embarrassment? Or does taking gratuitous swipes at the president now override accuracy?

President Trump has called the Times a “failing newspaper.” If Applebaum’s blunder is typical of its product, Trump is spot on.

Writer Kurt Schlichter observed: “Kathy Griffin forgot that normal people have an aversion to beheading political opponents. ... She then apologized and then unapologized at a press conference with Gloria Allred’s lawyer daughter. I’m not sure why Griffin needed a lawyer, unless she feels compelled to file a class action suit against normal people for malicious decency. What was truly great was how this Hollywood fringe mediocrity’s idiocy brought the current manifestation of liberalism into...focus...for normal people.”

Indeed, CNN's Fareed Zakaria condescendingly asserted that Donald Trump’s election was a class rebellion. "The election of Donald Trump is really a...class rebellion against people like us, educated professionals who live in cities, who have cosmopolitan views about things."

“Educated,” “cosmopolitan” “people like us.” Got that, Trump voters?
Zakaria argued that Trump focused on "’ugly racial animus’ generated by having to endure eight years of a black president; ...threatened that minorities were beginning to claim the dominant status once held by the ‘white working man.’"

Democrats haven’t been this angry since 1865 when another Republican president freed their slaves.

On that subject, headline: Salon Slams National Anthem as ‘Neo-Confederate Symbol’. Someone should inform the social justice warriors at Salon that the War of 1812 predated the Civil War by 48 years.

The left’s fainting couch pretensions over Civil War monuments and memorials morphed into self-parody when ESPN pulled an Asian-American announcer from a University of Virginia, Charlottesville, football game because his name is “Robert Lee.” Note to ESPN: Lee’s last name is Chinese; he wasn’t named after the Confederate general.

If the past is prologue, and liberal hysteria persists, the worst is yet to come.

Progressive media excesses are perfect examples of Blair’s Law: “...the ongoing process by which the world’s multiple idiocies are becoming one giant, useless force.”

Blair overlooked “malicious” and “foolish.”

http://www.ldnews.com/story/opinion/2017/10/18/physics-political-media/775462001/


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