• NBC’s Cultural Revolution (Ronna McDaniel)

    April 11, 2024

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    For all the talk of a Civil Cold War now underway in America, Red vs. Blue, it is the wrong historical example. The professional death of Ronna McDaniel at NBC earlier this month was an event right out of Mao’s time, not Robert E. Lee’s. McDaniel was fired by the masses at NBC because she wrongthought, because she held political views associated with the right and not the leftist road NBC and its running dog networks follow. The decision comes less than a week after NBC News announced her hiring, prompting an extraordinary public protest from the former host of its flagship Sunday morning show, as well as from popular MSNBC hosts. They fired her, but a public flogging would not have been out of the question if Chuck Todd thought he might get away with it, and he might have.

    Fans of the new Netflix series “3 Body Problem” saw it in action: the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Beginning in May 1966, this was a decade-long period of political and social chaos caused by Mao Zedong’s bid to use the Chinese masses to reassert his control over the Communist party. It was almost unfathomable in its brutality, killing as many as two million people for wrongthinking, thoughts that fail the ideological purity test. Wrongthink is an Orwellian word that preceeded the Revolution by decades but described its core spot-on. The word is equally useful today.

    “3 Body Problem” opens with a fictionalization of just one death, a university professor who refused to change his beliefs about physics to match Mao-thought, as contained in his so-called Little Red Book. For its complexity, the Cultural Revolution boiled down to one thing: believe what the majority says is right or suffer, to the pain of death, at the hands of the powerful. “Mean Girls” this is not.

    McDaniel, who is the niece of Republican Senator Mitt Romney, was first hired to lead the Republican National Committee (RNC) by Trump in 2017 after she served as chair of the Michigan Republican Party. She was then hired by NBC presumably to bring a dot of balance to NBC’s news coverage after her recent Trump-led ouster at the RNC. She was stricken from the news network after only four days on the job because as head of the RNC she in the past voiced support for claims by Trump about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. The gist of the burn at NBC was that was a lie, McDaniel thus a liar, and as an NBC analyst she could not be trusted to not lie more.

    “Hold my beer” said dozens of people who came from the Democratic National Committee and the Biden White House to work as NBC analysts, chief among them Jen Psaki, who, as the official spokesperson for the Biden White House, lied as a profession to defend Joe Biden (here’s a compendium of her lies.) She jumped from liar-for-hire to hosting a show and constantly being on MSNBC, including “Meet the Press.” NBC frequently calls on the former spooks John Brennan, James Clapper, and once-senior FBI official and associate director Frank Figliuzzi. These are trained liars of the Deep State, men who helped promote Russiagate and sought the overthrow of Trump on fake accusations. Previously Neo-Cons were given hours of airtime on NBC to defend the invasion of Iraq under false pretenses and to later defend torture as a righteous response of a democracy to terrorism. How are they different from McDaniel? Rightthink versus wrongthink. If you are going to tell a lie it had better be in line with what the masses want to believe at NBC.

    Truth? In a cultural revolution as we are undergoing now the truth is what the Party tells the masses it is. Remember how vehement Rachael Maddow was about the truth of Russiagate even after it was shown to be an elaborate hoax of the Deep State? No matter; there was no one like Ronna McDaniel around to tell her she was wrong and we now know there never will be.

    Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski — hosts of Morning Joe, a morning show watched daily by President Biden — said they were being inundated with calls over the decision to hire McDaniel. They vowed never to have her on their show in any capacity. Nicolle Wallace, a former White House communications director for President George W. Bush who is now a host on MSNBC, said on her show Monday having McDaniel on the network would embolden “election deniers.” Rachel Maddow, continuing the group therapy session, likened it all to hiring “a mobster to work at a D.A.’s office.” Chuck Todd, who emerged alongside Maddow as the spokesperson for the masses in the NBC news division, worried especially about “giving Ronna NBC News’ credibility.”

    Credibility? Only 32 percent of the population reports having “a great deal” or even “a fair amount” of confidence the media reports the news in a full, fair, and accurate way. The only other time in recent history that trust has fallen to 32 percent was in 2016, with the election. A record-high number of Americans — 39 percent — say they don’t trust the media at all. That number has steadily increased since 2018. Much of the change is driven by Democrats and Independents, presumably NBC’s target audience, whose collective trust in media plummeted 18 and 13 percentage points, respectively, from their 2018 peaks. What could you expect when the people who create the news are such blatant hypocrites? NBC news should not worry too much; its reputation for honestly ranks somewhere near “American Idol” anyway. The latest partisan jousting is just one of the many reasons why so many Americans roll their eyes when asked about the media.

    This is in no way to grant Ronna McDaniel status as some magnificent journalist, someone who can be seen as speaking for a generation of Republicans. Nor is it to say she would have spoken much truth to power at NBC anyway; chances are she would have barked out what those who fed her wanted to hear, perhaps as a Washington Generals-like foil to some hero like Chuck Todd. And what happened at NBC could have just as easily taken place at CBS, CNN or NPR. As my colleague writes “greater injustices have been perpetrated in the media world than the premature conclusion to Ronna McDaniel’s punditry career at NBC News.”

    The news is not there to make anyone feel safe. It exists so we can learn from it, and for us to learn from it we have to at times be offended and uncomfortable with it, to bathe in it, to taste it bitter or sweet. When you wash your hands of an idea you also lose all the ideas which grew to challenge it. Think antibodies fighting a disease. What happens when a body forgets how to fight an illness? What happens when places like NBC forget how to challenge a safe idea with an opposing one?

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  • Recent Comments

    • John Poole said...

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      How to be a Liar For Hire may soon become a popular course at most journalism schools. You and Bauer are lucky you aren’t working under the DEI ethos at State today. You’d most likely stay a buck private and that is a compliment.

      04/11/24 7:50 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Be honest, Peter, nobody gives a crap about her. She was replaced by some blonde airhead. If she was remotely attractive, Faux News would have hired her. Admit it, you don’t care. When was the last time you bothered to watch NBC News or MSNBC?

      04/11/24 8:50 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “The news is not there to make anyone feel safe. It exists so we can learn from it, and for us to learn from it we have to at times be offended and uncomfortable with it, to bathe in it, to taste it bitter or sweet.”

      Ronna got shitcanned by Diapers because she foolishly believed this. Diapers shit himself and became irate with her after she declined to cancel TV debates that gave a platform to his would-be challengers within the party.

      04/12/24 9:26 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      While Peter thinks the final act of Trump is a “3Body Problem” tragedy, it actually is a comedy of errors when goofball Nauta, who tried to hide the boxes of classified documents in the Trump dump, said it was nothing but “Hairspray.”

      04/12/24 2:05 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      JP,

      Buck privates? Peter and I were treated more like the Viet Cong, targeted for removal from State because we were seen as threats in speaking truth to power, which is a big no-no in an organization to get along one has to go along. In State’s case your corridor reputation gets assassinated. If you start speaking truth about government fuckups, I mean, where does it end?

      While Donnie Diapers is a raving loon on most issues, he is right about the Deep State, involving SS type wannabes inside the intelligence community, whose impossible mission is to keep the public ignorant about fuckup stuff they don’t have a need to know.

      I don’t know if you are history buff, but Nazi Germany really got started when the SS attacked the SA. Diapers, if elected would not eliminate the DS. He should just change the targets.

      04/12/24 10:17 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      found that since the 2020 election cycle, the most prominent pro-Trump websites have seen their once robust traffic dry up. Writer Paul Farhi analyzed data from media analysis website The Righting, which focuses on conservative publishers, and reported that of the 10 most popular right-wing websites, traffic was down by an average of roughly 40%.
      “ Only 32 percent of the population reports having “a great deal” or even “a fair amount” of confidence the media reports the news in a full, fair, and accurate way. The only other time in recent history that trust has fallen to 32 percent was in 2016, with the election. A record-high number of Americans — 39 percent — say they don’t trust the media at all.”

      That explains this:

      The flow of traffic to Donald Trump’s most loyal digital-media boosters isn’t just slowing, as in the rest of the industry; it’s utterly collapsing,. Some of the bigger names in the field have been pummeled the hardest: The Daily Caller lost 57 percent of its audience; Drudge Report, the granddaddy of conservative aggregation, was down 81 percent; and The Federalist, founded just over a decade ago, lost a staggering 91 percent.”

      04/13/24 11:54 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Peter is right that the world is deprived of Ronna’s truth, like how she knew the diabolical Dems rigged the election against Diapers, but let the other MAGATS win so nobody would know the election was rigged. But fear not MAGA, Diapers is still on the airwaves to spew shit like this:

      I go to Gettysburg Pennsylvania to look and to watch and the statement of Robert E. Lee who’s no longer in favor …did you ever notice that no longer in favor …never fight uphill me boys never fight uphill they were fighting uphill he said wow that was a big mistake …he lost his great general and they were fighting never fight uphill me boys but it was too late.

      04/14/24 2:57 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer: Trump’s evangelical base is reinvigorated by the current dustup between Israel and Iran. Revelations here we come! Are they yet packing their travel size toothpaste and deodorant tubes for the Rapture?
      Would Pompeo fill in if Donnie suddenly keels over? He does have the right attitude about DEI.

      04/14/24 4:18 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      JP,

      Pompeo is the Koch Bros man, so you can’t rule him out for the White House if demented Diapers gets sentenced for a year to the Big House. At least DD can get therapy there for his deteriorating sociopathic tendencies. His fixation on Gettysburg and his hopes for a civil war to save his fat ass from prison should invoke the 25th if enough dumbass Amerikans vote for him. If DD selects Pompeo as his running mate, his last words may be ET TU, POMPEO.

      04/14/24 8:25 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “For all the talk of a Civil Cold War now underway in America, Red vs. Blue, it is the wrong historical example.”

      Really, Peter? You should tell Donnie Diapers. The guy is obsessed with Gettysburg and starting a civil war. The Civil War is the perfect historical example to describe what is going on this dumbass country. Diapers lives in his mansion in the South making money off his gullible servants who are struggling on minimum wage while his dumbass family makes millions.

      “The Battle of Gettysburg,” the sociopath said at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday. “What an unbelievable ― I mean, it was so much and so interesting, and so vicious and horrible, and so beautiful in so many different ways.”

      Are you still talking about Gettysburg or sex with porn stars?

      So vicious and horrible and so beautiful in so many different ways. And It was all so unnecessary. While Diapers craps himself sitting in that courtroom for weeks, it will dawn on him that he never had to engage in fraud to hide his porn star payments. His cult didn’t care. He got 11 million more votes in 2020.

      04/15/24 10:06 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Gettysburg. Wow. I go to see and watch.

      Just checking, there aren’t strip clubs in Gettysburg.

      Good thing for the RNC there is not an intelligence test for candidates.

      04/16/24 9:40 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “What happens when places like NBC forget how to challenge a safe idea with an opposing one?”

      Why don’t you write about Phil Donahue and Bill Moyers? Unlike Ronna, they got fired for exposing the lies that got people killed. Ronna is trying to make a career on lies that got people killed.

      04/18/24 8:43 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “This is in no way to grant Ronna McDaniel status as some magnificent journalist, someone who can be seen as speaking for a generation of Republicans.”

      Ronna is the perfect person to speak for this generation of Repug politicians who are willing to say anything if they can benefit from their lies. It is ironic that she was a victim of the NBC insurrectionists who refused to certify her election when she herself was a participant in the Trump insurrection. Just as Trump let his dumbass insurrectionists hang out to dry, so did the NBC honchos who caved in their support for Ronna. Karma is a bitch, and so is Ronna.

      04/19/24 12:28 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “Only 32 percent of the population reports having “a great deal” or even “a fair amount” of confidence the media reports the news in a full, fair, and accurate way.”

      Only 15 percent of the population reports having a fair amount of confidence in polls. After the Red Wave polling fiasco, why anyone gives polling any degree of confidence is a mystery.

      04/19/24 9:19 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      If Diapers wanted a second Civil War, then he just joined Robert E. Lee as the Biggest Loser. He got Gettysburged on the TikTok vote. He lost the Ukraine Foreign Assistance Vote by 311-112. And now he may lose his house after the fraudulent bond for the $175 million judgement is rejected.

      Stay tuned next week to see if Diapers really shits himself in court.

      MAGA man makes awful gas again.

      04/20/24 8:24 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Poor Diapers can’t get a break. His North Carolina rally called off because of Stormy weather. The Gods do gave a sense of humor.

      04/21/24 12:51 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Is Donnie Diapers possessed? DD’s diseased body is emitting revolting gases at his trial, but don’t overlook the possibility DD is demonized. Consider:

      1. His many associates swear DD is not the guy they once knew. Many people say DD died of Covid in the hospital and the demon took over his body.

      2. DD has complained the courtroom is freezing, just like the bedroom of the girl in The Exorcist.

      3. Just as in The Exorcist, it is just a matter of time the demon can’t stand sitting in a courtroom day after day and leaps out of his body while he is sleeping. Vegas has the over/under at 11 days.

      Demon: And I thought Hell was bad.

      04/22/24 11:22 AM | Comment Link

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