The Donald Trump Show in the media this week has been beyond ridiculous. He was never required to go to NYC, as the arraignment was offered over Zoom, but why miss an opportunity to put on a show, right?
The media coverage – constant, unrelenting, and a whole lot of nothingness – was appalling. There was literally nothing to see. Trump’s jet takes off from Florida. It lands in NYC. His convoy drives through the streets. Marjorie Taylor Green is bat-shit crazy. His kids are revolting human beings. And MTG plus his two adult sons share a photo of the judge’s daughter on social media…. which is illegal and appalling.
The only piece of coverage worth seeing was the door smacking him in the face.
But what about the media – what the hell are they thinking? Seriously? Wall to wall media coverage is what got him elected as President in the first place, and here they are, giving it to him again? If you went to any of your favorite news apps this week, the top five stories (minimum) were all different angles to the Trump Show.
In fact, if you want to see a very interesting perspective, I can wholeheartedly recommend Mary L Trump on Twitter. She is taking no prisoners.
Because there’s nothing else going on that’s important, right? Ocean temperatures are off the charts and El Nino hasn’t even kicked in yet. People are dropping dead from heat stroke across India, Thailand and beyond (it’s so hot right now!). Deforestation is hitting record numbers in Indonesia, again. CFCs are back in the atmosphere at record levels (remember CFCs which caused the Ozone hole). California’s farms are under water and will cause massive food shortages as global famine starts knocking on our doors. Forever chemicals are impacting women’s ability to get pregnant. And on I could go.
None of this is important, it seems. Just the Show. Donald Trump is the ultimate shiny thing, and boy we love shiny things.
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that for many people, this is an important moment. Seeing Trump get what he deserves is vindication for all the chaos he’s created since 2016. He did a lot of harm to America and the world, so this moment is important to many people. BUT we know how he uses and abuses the media. We also know that this level of media coverage could put him back in the Oval Office, and boy, we don’t need that. We really don’t.
I wonder when we will wake up. I wonder when the media will wake up, because boy they better soon, or we’re all completely screwed.
IMPORTANT news below, with a tiny smattering of the Show. I couldn’t ignore it completely.
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Jonathan Pie meets Prof Haigh| Climate Science Translated (awesome)
Resources for those struggling with eco-anxiety. Please share with your community.
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