The Media Can't Pretend Forever
The make-believe quality of the American power structure is flickering like a frayed copy of a third-run movie, but still seems to be fooling most of the people at least part of the time. President Joseph Biden resembles a distant, ceremonial figure like the King of Thailand—or perhaps Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: someone who must be heard but not really listened to.
Last week, Biden exited an ice-cream shop, decked in his trademark aviator shades, holding a cone. A small crowd, composed mostly of fans, oohed and ahhed his appearance. “We are so excited about what you are doing for the country,” one enthusiast gushed. “Well, thank you,” responded the President.
A reporter called out, “Mr. President, what did you order?” Biden gestured with his cone and answered, “Chocolate chocolate chip,” to gasps of wonderment and approval, the way benevolent aunts might applaud a 3-year old who has buttoned his pants correctly. The reporter followed up her initial salvo by asking what Biden would say to Republicans who were blocking the establishment of a commission to investigate the disorder at the Capitol on January 6. “Eat some chocolate chocolate chip,” he riposted.
For decades, Newseum-level media analysts have gravely discussed the way that the White House press corps, in the days of FDR and JFK, was supine and compliant. Reporters used to help the White House hide the fact that FDR was crippled, and that JFK had extramarital dalliances. But during the Vietnam War and Nixon’s depredations at Watergate, we were told, the press embraced its muckraking, obstreperous legacy, and went after entrenched power like starving ferrets. During the Trump years in particular, reporters fearlessly took on the autocratic fascist, ruthlessly calling him out on his lies, prevarications, and scarcely concealed high signs to his Klansman supporters.
So what happening now? Is the press corps still fighting to afflict the comfortable? Or are they taking a well-deserved break?
The release of the emails of Anthony Fauci (“Dr. Fauci”) has further frayed the edges of the standard narrative, especially following the general acknowledgement that the novel coronavirus almost certainly did emerge from the lab in Wuhan that conducted advanced research into bat viruses, contradicting 18 months of fevered insistences that the virus appeared “naturally.”
Even speaking as a non-scientist and just as someone who reads newspapers, the massive effort by the media and other servants of power to pretend that the virus emerged out of a batcave seemed absurd and coordinated from the beginning. As early as February or March 2000, I recall reading that there was a major virology lab a few hundred yards from the “wet market” that was first identified as the source of initial contagion. Wasn’t this coincidence worthy of investigation?
Instead, we were subject to constant insistences that the lab-leak hypothesis was a racist “conspiracy theory” that Trump was using to deflect attention away from the 500,000 people he had murdered through denial and mismanagement of the pandemic response. Not too long ago we were informed that the Chinese claim that the virus came from meat imported into China from abroad—possibly from America—was credible. “Who knows?!” became the correct response.
The real story apparently was too hot to keep covered up forever, and seems to be leaking out slowly. Eventually we may know the truth. Meanwhile, Dr. Fauci still has his job, and Joe Biden laps contentedly at his ice cream.
Of course the propaganda press can pretend forever. Göbbles did it until May 8, 1945 and Bagdad Bob did it until May 1, 2003.
FauCHI the doctor who has no patients and has never treated anyone with his virus.
I would say he’s responsible for most of everything that has to do with the virus.
Paying a third party to do GoF. The guy is a Brit BTW (Dasak?). No one asking much about him. Why not?
Masks and Bill Gates...Tons of mask studies that all say what FauCHI did in his email. They don’t do anything. In reality though they make investors lots of money. Try convincing some people now after being gaslit for months.
Bill Gates who is not a researcher nor a scientist also involved. Weird.
FauCHI and the natural occurrence of virus. This is hilarious and he thinks everyone is dumb.
6 foot rule is made up nonsense. This is FauCHI.
I believe he said vaccines were government approved!!! He left off its approved for Emergency Use. All of them are still experimental and everyone is part of the experiment.
Would think more people might ask about long term side effects of a vaccine for something that really isn’t dangerous to most people...
I believe FauCHI still claiming that people who had is virus(he paid for it) still need a vaccine that he probably has some patent ownership in...No conflict there and human immune systems no longer work!!! Also the tyrant governors or guess stupid ones still claiming vax percents when people who have recovered should also be counted.
Moderna is the government vax or is it FauCHI’s?
How did the animal trials on the FauCHI virus/vax go?
Why is an Australian reporter getting scoops on FauCHI? Kind of weird.
Why are brain freeze and his peeps all the sudden interested in the FauCHI?
Would think some people who could ask questions would ask the right ones.
Could go on...but every Retched Whitmer out there is putting FauCHI’s name on every outrageous mandate.
States should do their own criminal investigation of FauCHI. The feds aren’t. Elected officials to busy worrying about themselves instead of ending this BS.
It’s the FauCHI-19. All elderly and children will pay for this the most.