There are two realities in America today.
There is reality-reality — where we all live.
And then there’s the made-for-TV reality of the corporate news media.
In reality, Americans live our lives, raise our kids, earn some money, pay the bills, attend school, church, or sporting events. We do the laundry – or in my case, call the appliance repairman to fix the washing machine. We laugh, live, love, garden, shop, or spend time on the Internet watching silly cat videos or taking BuzzFeed quizzes to find out how much we know about Star Trek.
Then there’s the made-for-TV reality of the corporate news media.
This made-for-TV reality is bleak, dystopic, and teetering on the brink of collapse.
Where radicalized white men are hiding in the shadows waiting to kill you because Trump has been sending them coded messages in his rally speeches.
In this alternate “reality,” MS-13 are just bike-riding young scamps who love America. And calling them “animals” is racist, not to mention denying their spark of divinity. Antifa is an African-American organization seeking peace through violence. And a mob chasing people out of a restaurant while screaming in their faces is not a mob.
In the made-for-TV reality, the thousands upon thousands of Central Americans – most of them young men – marching toward our country are as peaceful as fluffy lambs. Calling them an “invasion” is just laughable (and of course racist) because all of them are white collar professionals-in-the-making and potential Valedictorians. And they’re so much more noble and virtuous than any of you.
In the made-for-TV reality, President Donald Trump is worse than Hitler and is just days away from ushering in a thousand-year-Reich.
And every single American – except those radicalized racist white men – despise Trump with every fiber of their being.
The Walk Away Movement is a Russian-generated social media fraud. And Candace Owens is a white supremacist.
In the made-for-TV reality, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is whip smart, David Hogg knows what he’s talking about and John Kasich matters.
Meanwhile, every claim President Trump makes is “without evidence.”
But every claim the corporate news media makes without evidence is straight-up fact.
According to the made-for-TV reality, nobody in Pittsburgh wanted President Trump to visit. And that small band of protesters organized by an anti-Israel progressive group represented the mood and opinion of the entire city.
But in reality-reality:
Now, there’s two possible explanations for the disconnect between made-for-TV reality and the actual reality where we all live.
Either the corporate news media is so cloistered within their hermetically-sealed bubble that they really have no idea that their “reality” has nothing to do with actual reality. You know, like “The Truman Show.”
Or they are deliberately lying to us.
It’s either one or the other.
If I had to choose, I’d say the former is highly unlikely.
See, the corporate news media has access to the same alternative news sources and social media that all of us do.
That video of President Trump and Melania at the hospital for example has gone viral.
And I’m guessing quite a few of them have seen it.
So I doubt these guys believe any of their made-for-TV reality.
No. They are deliberately lying to us.
And maybe sixty or even twenty years ago this made-for-TV reality would have succeeded in hoodwinking us.
But it isn’t today.
They do not control the flow of information anymore.
And their monopoly on “news” is dead.
You’d think after 2016, the corporate news media would have realized that their made-for-TV reality can’t compete with the real world.
And frankly, I just do not understand why they think it will work now.
Are they so invested in their hatred for Donald Trump that they don’t realize just how ridiculous their lies appear?
I really don’t know the answer to that.
But like the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, even after reality has cut their narrative to ribbons, they still believe they are winning the fight.
Are there Americans who believe them still?
Yes. Sadly, there are.
But I think it’s less “believing” and more wishful thinking. Like the corporate news media, they too despise President Trump. So they desperately want the made-for-TV reality to be true.
Just like they did in 2016.
Which is why, when the actual reality-reality broke through, those folks didn’t handle it well.
Then again, neither did the corporate news media.
But not because they believed their made-for-TV reality. No. What got them upset in 2016 was that not enough of us in the Real World fell for it.
And from the way things are shaping up for next Tuesday, I think reality-reality is going to trump them again.
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