Joe Scarborough’s co-host accused Donald Trump of undermining the media and implementing thought control —”That’s Our Job.”
In case you thought they didn’t know what they were doing, here’s Mika Brzezinski forthrightly stating on Morning Joe that the problem with Donald Trump attacking the media is that he is doing thought control, which is “our job.”
Here’s as transcript of the exchange, from grabien:
Joe Scarborough: “Exactly. That is exactly what I hear. What Yamiche said is what I hear from all the Trump supporters that I talk to who were Trump voters and are still Trump supporters. They go, ‘Yeah you guys are going crazy. He’s doing — what are you so surprised about? He is doing exactly what he said he is going to do.’”
Mika Brzezinski: “Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.”
Brzezinski thinks it is the media’s job to “actually control exactly what people think” and doesn’t even hide it!
According to grabien, “The comment failed to raise any eyebrows from her co-panelists.” Joe Scarborough also mentioned Donald Trump calling the media “the enemy of the people,” and claimed that using the phrase made him sound “like Mussolini or Lenin” and ” like a dictator in training.”
But by not objecting to Brzezinski’s claim that the media’s job is thought control, he has proven to anyone listening to his show that he, and the rest of the media, is indeed the enemy of the people! I think, for most Americans, an institution that believes it alone has the right to control people’s thoughts is, by definition, an enemy of the people. They want to enslave us and consider it their right to do so. And, if Donald Trump is doing “our job” by controlling thoughts, then he is also doing the media’s job by becoming a dictator. The media believes that the main problem with a dictator is that he usurps the media’s role in society to engage in though control.
Nothing is uglier than the media’s sense of entitlement. Media privilege is on display.
When this arrogance is taken seriously, it is impossible not to feel grateful for Donald Trump even if you disagree with him. The media monopoly has been broken by him! He has thus increased freedom of thought in America simply by offering an alternative account.
It seems to me that the media spends a lot more time accusing Donald Trump of violating media prerogatives rather than producing an argument that shows why he is wrong. They seem more concerned with the fact Donald Trump dares to disagree with them more than with the substance of what he says. As a result, they make Trump look like a hero—a champion for freedom of thought against the media monolith. They are effectively campaigning for Trump’s reelection.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joe Scudder
Joe Scudder is the “nom de plume” (or “nom de guerre”) of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.