Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The Wrath Over Con
Much to his credit, I waited all day for this yesterday: Lawrence O'Donnell's victory lap-slash-final evisceration of Donald Trump. And in the end it was everything I'd hoped. Once again to his immense credit, O'Donnell was fearless when it came to his pounding of both Trump and his own network, NBC -- which he saw as protecting its "investment" at the expense of all other considerations, not the least of which was its increasingly not-very-good name, to say nothing of a modicum of professional ethics or morality. But to see the entire history of the cynical Trump canard laid bare from beginning to end -- to watch pretend-serious buffoons like Mark Halperin and "Gospel of Wealth" sycophantic suck-butts like David Brooks slavishly circle jerk over Trump's gargantuan ego -- it's really staggering stuff. Staggering when you realize just how instrumental many in the media were in the perpetuation of this con and in the elevation of the man behind it.
And then there's NBC. Jesus Christ -- NBC.
Here's the quote from yesterday's upfront for next season that should damn NBC for all time. It should, but it won't.
"And now you're probably wondering about our favorite ratings hit, 'Celebrity Apprentice.' We will of course be bringing it back... As we saw this year, the crazier the celebrities, the higher the ratings."
That just about says it all.
Adding: After watching this again, here's the most salient point made by O'Donnell and the Quote of the Day:
"You live now in a world of unlimited news sources. As the 2012 presidential campaign gets ever slightly more serious by the day, you have to make choices about where to gather your information. From this point forward you would do well to ignore every word spoken or written by any political pundit who gave one day of credence to the possibility of a Trump for President campaign."