I really wanna know, y’all. Because I’m 100% convinced of something that seemingly everyone else in the whole world views the complete opposite way.
I say they’re stuck in the old paradigms — they don’t realize the world has shifted.
They… well, they don’t say anything, because this is a blog with about four readers, two of whom only come here to tell me how wrong I am. But if they ever did read RC, they’d think I’m building an elaborate delusion bubble — one billion Chinese can’t be wrong, &c.
Anyway, it’s going to be clear soon enough who’s right.
That “Allahpundit” guy at Hot Air, re: rumors that Fox’s Roger Ailes is out to get Teh Donald:
Both Trump and Ailes concluded independently that they have more to lose by waging this war than by reaching detente. For Ailes, Trump is a threat to Fox’s populist cred. Their whole gimmick is that they’re giving you fair and balanced news that left-leaning establishment outfits won’t; now Trump is telling conservatives that Fox is part of the establishment itself. That’s awful for the brand.
That part is half right, half bullshit of the purest ray serene. The supposedly-fair-and-balanced, but really-mouthpiece-for-the-GOP, network attacking a guy that would win the Republican nomination in a landslide if it were held today IS bad for the network’s brand.
It is, however, fantastic for Trump’s brand. And here’s why I keep thinking I’m crazy, because nobody seems to see the 800 lb gorilla in the room: Trump’s shtick is attacking The Establishment. A huge media conglomerate like Fox is, by every conceivable definition, part of The Establishment. I’m half tempted to ask Morgan to put up something on his site about this and attribute it to George Washington, just so his fucking Cuttlefish trolls can chime in with their patented circle-jerk-on-the-dictionary routine.
The Media is The Establishment. Fox is part of The Media. How fuckin’ hard is that?
For Trump, meanwhile, sneering at Megyn Kelly has some downside with no real upside. It makes him look petty to still be whining about the debate three weeks later, especially at the expense of the most widely respected member of the Fox primetime (and arguably the most influential woman news anchor on TV right now). Even Ingraham, a loyal Trump defender, is on him here for wasting his time picking fights with Kelly when he could be talking about immigration instead. There’s just no money in this feud for either side, unless/until Trump is finally ready to do an interview with Kelly herself. There’ll be some money in that, I dare say.
Au contraire. Sneering at Megyn Kelly — and Laura Ingraham, and whoever else — is an integral part of the shtick, because they are The Establishment. Let’s break him out again:
Here, maybe this will help:
I just can’t grok how people who are so perceptive about the other side’s failings have zero understanding of our own. You know how Our Betters, the Liberals, are forever exempting themselves from their own rules? Like, they crow about how they’re all tolerant and inclusive and whatnot, then throw out everything and everyone that doesn’t agree with them 100%? Or, they assume that if you raise taxes on something, people will still keep doing it, because nobody responds to incentives? It’s infuriating, ain’t it?
We are doing the same damn thing, y’all. We’re somehow pretending that Fox isn’t part of The Establishment, even though they’re the one and only mainstream “conservative” news chanel in the entire world. We’re somehow pretending that Megyn Kelly isn’t what Rachel Maddow is to them — a mascot, a flagship, whatever you want to call it. And we somehow can’t grasp — and this baffles me above all else — that The Media, of which Fox is a major part, cannot, can NOT, deep-six Trump in any conventional way. If they attack him, they prove his point. If they “no platform” him, they lose a gazillion eyeballs. Indeed, the only way The Media can sink him is by devoting every single second of airtime to him — following him around with a camera and an open mic 24/7 and waiting for him to do or say something unforgiveably egregious. And they won’t do that, because they hate him, even as he makes their ratings explode.
Lastly, there’s this:
There’s just no money in this feud for either side, unless/until Trump is finally ready to do an interview with Kelly herself. There’ll be some money in that, I dare say.
Dude, you’re clearly not grasping the core concept here. Trump would be seventeen kinds of stupid to even be in the same building as Megyn Kelly before he secures the nomination. At that point, sure, make nicey-nice (by which I mean, demand “how ya gonna help me beat the Dems?”). But sitting down with major media figures — conventionally known as The Enemy to anyone remotely conservative — is something ordinary politicians do, and the minute people think Trump’s just another politician, he’s toast.
That’s my read, anyway. What do y’all think? Do I have a case, or should I send for the men in the white coats?