We have seen the future, and it sucks.

‘It’s All About the Narrative, Larry’

24th January 2017

Watching Donald Trump deal with the DemLegHump Media has been one of the most entertaining experiences in my sixty-odd years on this planet. It’s like watching a really, really good matador work a clever-but-not-clever-enough bull through its paces in the ring. Every Republican President since Nixon has gone into the arena and done his best, but wound up on the horns eventually. Every one — until now.

Scott Adams has done yeoman work playing Ernest Hemingway for us, pointing out the finer points of the process, but you don’t need to be an expert to appreciate a job well done.

Every day, sometimes multiple times during the day, Donald Trump (or one of his crew) walks up to the media bull and boots it in the butt. We then step back and watch it run around in circles and jump up and down, sweating and snorting and pawing and bleeding into the sand. Then it happens again. And again. You begin to wonder how long the beast is going to last. It never seems to learn.

Donald Trump appreciates, as has no Republican politician before him, that the public image of the Presidency is all about Narratives. Narratives are not about truth, but about persuasion. The DemLegHump Media have had a monopoly on creating public narratives since Vietnam went sour, and they are so accustomed to getting their way (in service to the Democrat party) that they don’t know how to react to somebody who is even better at it than they are. In military strategy terms, he has gotten inside of their decision loop and is leading them on a merry chase, all the while laughing maniacally. ‘Run run run/As fast as you can/You can’t catch me/I’m the Gingerbread Man!’

I keep expecting some cartoonist (yeah, Ramirez, I’m looking at you) to do a panel where Trump is shining a laser pointer on the floor while a bunch of cats labelled ‘ABC’, ‘NBC’, ‘AP’, ‘NYT’, and ‘WP’ run around attempting to catch it, with the caption ‘Hate the media? No, no, no. I LOVE the media. They’re so cute!’

Pass the popcorn. It’s going to be a fun four years.

2 Responses to “‘It’s All About the Narrative, Larry’”

  1. Elganned Says:

    The fact that he flat-out lies obviously doesn’t bother you. So much for “narrative”.

  2. Tim of Angle Says:

    And the fact that every Democrat President since Jimmy Carter also made it a practice to ‘flat-out lie’ obviously doesn’t bother you. Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander.