There’s this scene from the TV show “Mad Men” that pretty much sums up the disconnect between the news media and the average American.
I know I’ve cited this scene before. And maybe it’s because I’m going through the series again right now that it’s fresh in my mind.
If you don’t know “Mad Men,” it was an AMC series that ran from 2007 until 2015. It’s about Madison Avenue ad men during the 1960s.
The main character is Don Draper – the suave, handsome creative director from Sterling Cooper advertising agency.
Don is a man with a secret.
You see, Don Draper is not his real name. He was born Dick Whitman – an illegitimate child of a prostitute and a farmer named Archibald Whitman. Dick’s life was not a good one.
While serving in Korea, he and Lt. Donald Draper are in an explosion where Draper is killed and Whitman injured. So Whitman switched dog tags with Draper and proceeded to live his life as a new man.
Unfortunately, a slimy ad exec at Sterling Cooper named Pete Campbell discovers the truth and decides to leverage that secret into getting Draper to promote him.
When Don calls his bluff, Campbell spills the beans to the head of the agency Burt Cooper.
Campbell is certain that Cooper will be so mortified that he fires Draper and rewards Campbell.
Only, it doesn’t work out the way he expected.
Instead, Cooper rises from his desk, walks to Don, looks him in the eye and says to Pete Campbell:
Mr. Campbell, who cares?
Mr. Cooper, he’s a fraud, a liar. A criminal, even.
Even if this were true, who cares? This country was built
and run by men with worse stories than whatever you’ve
I’m not imaging anything.
The Japanese have a saying: a man is whatever room he is in.
And right now Donald Draper is in this room.
In a lot of ways the idiots in the news media are just as slimy as Pete Campbell.
They really, truly believe that every one of their breathless, “breaking” reports will be met with horror and disgust by us.
And, just like Burt Cooper, our response is: Who cares?
Whether it was Rachel Maddow’s bumbling “Trump’s tax return” story or “ShitholeGate” or yesterday’s embarrassing “Kavanaugh threw ice” story — the news media never gets the response they thought they would.
Instead the response they get is always the same: Who cares?
Sure, the people who already hate Donald Trump and religiously follow Alyssa Milano might get huffy and well-I-nevery.
But normal people with lives?
The most we can muster is “Who cares?”
Case in point, last night President Trump held a MAGA rally in Mississippi.
And during his speech, he commented on the smear campaign against Brett Kavanaugh where he pointed out that Ms. Ford’s memory gaps are, well, peculiar.
In fact, President Trump called attention to something I wrote about a couple weeks ago – specifically that despite not remembering much, Ford remembers she only had one beer.
The media responded to that soundbite like scandalized Victorian women and spread it far and wide on social media.
Here’s the clip:
BREAKING: President Trump mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, during a rally in Mississippi. https://t.co/yjrqDceYv6 pic.twitter.com/iv22aHRwhn
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 3, 2018
Note how NBC describes this clip.
“President Trump mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.”
Naturally, like Pete Campbell, NBC expects you to see this and immediately respond by saying, “Well, I never! How dare he?! This is beyond the pale!!!”
And, the usual suspects responded exactly that way – from the aforementioned Alyssa Milano to Senator “Da Nang Richard” Blumenthal.
In fact, Blumenthal’s response is actually pretty funny.
I just rolled my eyes so hard they got stuck in the back of my head. https://t.co/vsB8CXGxNg
— Dianny 🇺🇸 (@DiannyRants) October 3, 2018
But we Burt Cooper Americans?
Our response is “Who cares?”
The fact is, most of us have been wonder the same exact thing.
As I said a couple weeks ago:
Odd isn’t it?
She can’t remember the year of the party.
She can’t remember at whose house the party was held.
She can’t remember how she got there or how she left.
But when it comes to how many beers she consumed on one evening over thirty-five years ago, suddenly her foggy memory is as sharp as a tack.
This strains credulity to put it mildly.
The news media, the Democrats and Hollywood celebrities are so out of touch with the American people they really don’t understand that the things they take to the fainting couch over don’t faze us in the least.
The other thing that they fail to comprehend is often times President Trump gives voice to the exact things we are thinking.
Which, come to think of it, is a large part of why he won.
You’d think by now they’d understand that.
But they don’t.
At least after Pete Campbell dropped this bomb thinking it would work, he stopped doing that kind of thing.
The media on the other hand just keeps using that same tactic over and over again expecting different results.
But see, they created this rule that Ms. Ford is not to be questioned or criticized. They created the rule that we must always “believe women” – even without any supporting evidence or corroboration.
They’ve browbeaten us for weeks demanding we follow those rules to the letter. Because their narrative won’t work otherwise.
Then along comes President Trump who tramples over those rules as if they aren’t even there.
That’s why they’re angry.
Not because what President Trump said was so horrible.
But because once again President Trump exposed the Media and the Democrats as the self-serving, scheming frauds that they are.
And, see, that’s pretty much why our response to their repeated pearl-clutching is to simply shrug and say “Who the hell cares?”
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