Contrary to the twisted, delusional ranting of Mr. Trump, the traditional news media are pretty much the only friends we have left. The Republicans are acting on behalf of the Republican party. The Democrats, meanwhile, worry about the Democratic party. And the president is a fabulist and a goddamn lunatic.
The media, at least, have the best interests of the country in mind. Left up to the government, we’d all be in the dark sporting earplugs. If nothing else, the 2016 election has exposed the venal, sordid, self-serving nature of American politics. We’ve suspected it all along, of course, but the reality is far worse than anyone imagined. You knew we were screwed when the first thing the Republicans did after seizing power was gut the Office of Congressional Ethics — an independent watchdog.
The media, those low-down, dirty snakes, blew the whistle. The media, you see, are working on our behalf, yours and mine, the hapless victims in this mess. That’s what annoys Mr. Trump. He doesn’t want reality to interfere with the illusions he creates. Mr. Trump much prefers everyone shower him with blind adoration while he sucks the country dry of hope and compassion and tax dollars. And doing a little marketing for the Trump brand on the side.
Thank God there are still signs of integrity and courage around. Not in the Senate or House of Representatives, not the White House, but in the New York Times and Washington Post and CNN, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert. Without their intervention, we’d be screwed six ways from Sunday.
Oh, as long as I’m here, a shout out to the leakers, as well. And John McCain. You’re all true, blue American heroes.
I hope every member of the United States government is aware of the damage they’re doing by sitting on their hands. The mistrust and suspicion are deep and wide, everywhere in the world. Because of your spinelessness, the United States is no longer trustworthy and barely even respectable. We’re an unstable, disgraceful joke.
Donald Trump needs to be watched, like an insidious disease, and kept in check. With a temperament such as his, he could quickly prove fatal. Please, media people, don’t take your eyes off him for a second or stop blowing the whistle.