In a recent interview, citing wide-spread discontent among the white working class, Pat Buchanan said that Trump might just win this election.
You remember Pat Buchanan don’t you? You don’t?
This election has been more about the media deciding what we should be thinking rather than about the issues or even the candidates.
They have artfully succeeded in turning this race — between a pompous ass who will say anything to get attention and an extremely qualified candidate who’s main sins are her husband, that she’s a woman, and a politician — into a horse race where the pompous ass might just win.
Yet this same phenomenon is true in most elections, it’s just that this year, with Trump as a candidate, it seems even more untenable and over the top.
The media has dumbed everything down to the 3rd grade level, “Trump said what?” is on the first page.
Editor’s comments: “What Trump said is a lie.” are buried much later reserved for the small minority who are not just passing by.
Buried still further, but you really have to dig for it: “Most of what Trump says is a lie, well 80% or so at least. At least!”
And then the next day, almost the same headline. And the same buried analysis.
This is not done in the service of the public, or even to dumb us down as that already seems to have happened. What it does do is make for a good story that even a child could grasp: i.e. He said, she said with no pretense of the most rudimentary character judgments or even the facts. It grabs eyeballs. It’s easy to understand. And most importantly it sells advertising.
So who is Pat Buchanan you ask?
Pat Buchanan was a senior aid to Presidents Nixon through Reagan. He was the original host of CNN’s Crossfire. He ran for president in 92, 96 and 2000. He has been a contributor on CNN, MSNBC and now with Fox. In his hey-day he was considered somewhat of a right wing extremist, but now post-Tea-Party and Post-Trump, he seems a little less extreme, even though his views have not changed.
But how much of what Pat Buchanan says is simply to say something or say anything? Just like Trump says anything. Just like most of the rest of the media seem to just be saying anything.
So, simply stated, you should listen to Pat because he is still speaking. He still has a platform and a megaphone. He’s been a commentator for so many years that now he’s famous just for being famous.
And he thinks Trump could win. It makes a good story. At least it got him another interview didn’t it?