Afternoon Notes: The Media
- I still can’t believe that we have allowed a moron to displace 100,000 people and provoke what Richard Engels calls “ethnic cleansing” and corporate news commentators continue to laugh and joke and normalize the political situation.
- I like Chris Hayes. I was delighted to see him come from the Nation Magazine to host a major MSNBC news program. I cheered for him on his first night when he was so uncomfortable and anxious, he could barely stay in his seat. But, I am now ashamed of him and for him. The nightly news is not a game show. It is not a celebrity event. This is true any time, but especially at the moment when democracy hangs in the balance in this country.
- This is not a game. There’s nothing funny about a president who provokes genocide and an “opposition party” that is too cowardly to respond.
- Chris Hayes running onto the set like a stand-up comic, to wild applause is undignified, inappropriate and offensive.