With Bloomberg doing well in some polls, it’s very disheartening to see how MSNBC and a couple of other news organizations (along with some online sites down the internet food chain) have made Democrats so reactive and fearful, some are willing to vote for a polite, ‘racially tinged’, authoritarian Republican. Democratic policies and politics have never performed well in an environment of fear, but, historically, that fear mongering was external to Democrats: now, it’s inside the wire.
Democratic celebrity journalists, along with their fame-seeking experts have a vested interest in stoking fear. It sells ads. That a significant fraction went all in on Russia to the exclusion of other issues and problems, such as corruption, in order to avoid confronting their own failures hasn’t helped.
I’m old enough to remember when parts of the left, construed broadly, wished that we would have some equivalent of Fox News. Well, we got it, and those media are fear mongering just as much. It’s good to have less biased media, but don’t think those less biased media figures are our allies, even the ‘good ones.’ And Sweet Baby Intelligent Designer, don’t let them set our political agenda.
Things are bad here, maybe as bad as I’ve ever seen them, and I’m not young. There are legitimate reasons to be worried–I don’t want to downplay them (my co-religionists are being murdered in our synagogues. For example). But we have become so scared, we think Bloomberg will be the answer, even though the very same polls some are so obsessed with suggest he wouldn’t do well against Il Trumpe.
We are not thinking clearly, and too many supposedly-Democratic friendly news sources are making it worse.