Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Tiny Ghosts || Chris Wallace and the Afterlife of the Republican Party

Americans love a crash…they love crazy people doing crazy things. This is why Fox news is so popular, and this fact is often overlooked. 

The truth and being reasonable can be so boring to so many Americans, themselves leading rather boring lives. I remember when I was in high school all the “really cool” kids were jocks or rebels or trouble makers…they were not the good kids doing good work and working for the truth. Nothing has changed when we transfer American TV viewing habits over to the so-called adult world of broadcast news. Fox wins because it is filled with trouble makers, clowns, liars, and bad kids who like throwing trash around more than they like the boring truth. So, the nightly train wreck of the truth, the nightly murder of reason, is very popular. Fox News has never been “fair and balanced”, it has always been about the phony outrage and the misdirection of the truth…always. They know what really sells.

Enter tiny Little Chris Wallace…a man who daily disgraces the memory of his father while pandering to those who believe whining, whimpering and groveling are good entertainment. No one whines and cries better than little Chris Wallace. Representing America’s fascination with losers, more than in its interest in actual talent, Wallace continues to be put forward as the tiny little voice which whimpers on behalf of legendary losers like Mitt Romney,  and other heroes of the fear and loathing social set which daily insults and damages the search for reason in the United States….for no better reason than its entertainment value.

The great book, Hubris, which I highly recommend, shows us, at its conclusions, that the liars who brought us to war in Iraq were all rewarded with board positions, book publishing deals and other platinum perks which used to be reserved for our best. Wallace is a living, sterling example of how incompetence and cowardice in the face of the quest for truth is rewarded, praised and promoted. Proof that there are no consequences for being inept, for telling lies, for being hysterically and historically wrong on a daily basis. Most American understand that O’Reilly is a bully, an intimidating punk of a journalist, while Hannity is the greasy, slick heckler who never listens to what anyone is actually saying, and uses his so-called “guests” as props in his rantings for the sake of entertainment. Only Wallace, it seems, is disguised as a so-called serious journalist. He is so tiny and timid in real life, that Fox goes out of its way to showcase his timid and whimpering interviews of suspected losers of the political right. Wallace is  an engineered counterpoint to the more gangsterism styles of O’Reilly and Hannity so they can continue to hide the truth and manipulate the floundering political right. The camera angles are carefully chosen so we cannot see how diminutive Wallace really is. Of course it is not his miniature size that sets him apart, in my view, but the tiny, miniature stature of his journalistic cowardice.

It was no accident that loser Romney “chose” Wallace for his first “serious” post election interview. O’Reilly would have bullied and pointed his big finger at him, Hannity, as usual would not have listened to a single word he and his strange wife had to say, so that really only left Wallace. The Big Blonde, whatever her name is, on Fox is just a news reader, I have never seen her actually interview anyone.

I don’t actually ever watch Fox News…but there is no need to watch it, all the other news organizations quote Fox and refer to it all day and all night. A practice I find rather strange. They do this with the drug addict R. Limbaugh as well, reporting on his pain-killing-drugs induced rants on a daily basis. This all seems to underline the tragic nature of Fox News, their pronouncements and general behavior are so tragic, the regular news has to be interrupted as if to say, “OMG, this is what happened over there today”…

I put Wallace forward for this rant because, in his body language, and sometimes even in his eyes, you can see that he knows better. He occasionally lets the truth slip out, like an unexpected fart. 

His father, the late Mike Wallace was a really honest journalist, a real reporter, a man who would never have worked for Fox News. Mike Wallace was not perfect, but he was clearly a journalist of the old school who tried hard to do his job without stretching the truth or being a shill for the clear agenda of hate and fear which drives Fox News at its core. He was not a manipulator, and you never heard him whine and cry and whimper the way his disappointing son does on a daily basis. Mike Wallace believed in an honest day’s work. His son has never, it seems, even done a days work. Fox News loons read from scripts and teleprompters, they rarely, except by accident, express original thoughts. It is all an orchestrated act. 

I also put the little Chris Wallace up because maybe one day he might grow up and search for the legacy left him by his father and walk away from the catastrophic disaster to the truth represented by Fox News. But, I’m not holding my breath.

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