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We're Living In Crazytown Now | Main | Overnight Open Thread (10 Mar 2017)
March 10, 2017

Amusing Song from Remy On Fake News

A guy at Reason spoofs the media's criticism of fake news while pumping boatloads of the stuff. Video below.

One thing he alludes to quickly -- it has to be quick, it's a song after all -- is the lazy media's ultra-lazy method of "news" concoction, whereby they take a couple of tweets by some nobody and turn it into... I don't want to call it a "story." Or even a micro-story.

Let's call it a datafart.

It's insane. It's so transparently a case of just making up alleged "news" from random crap you saw reading twitter, turning time-wasting into work-product.

Anyway, a guy at the Free Beacon named Matthew Walther put together a bunch of these contrived concoctions of clickbait to prove that when the press isn't being dishonest, it's just being lazy to the point of mental impairment.

"Twitter" is not a person, and certainly not a person of consequence, so the media has to stop running headlines like "There's a Giraffe Having a Baby, and Twitter Couldn't be Prouder" or whatever.

I guess that shut-ins who consider themselves part of the Twitter Nation are flattered by this and will click on this braindead horseshit, because the fact that you're on Twitter, and some other asshole mentioned Twitter, means you finally are somebody.

But while this might generate clicks for very little money-- how much do you have to pay the kind of bottom-feeding imbeciles who churn out this kind of crap? Do you even have to pay them? Or do you just give them some circus peanuts and some lubricant to masturbate with? -- it is certainly not real news, and any media relying so hard on such obviously fake news for its revenue is itself fake news.

I've begged them to follow up and document the "Real News Media's" other obsessive clickbait beat -- blogging about what Stephen Colbert or Seth Meyers or John Oliver said that last night, and which persons were SHREDDED during these momentous news events of rich white guys talking to a television camera.

I'm tellin' ya, this now seems to be 80% of their net output -- clips of tv clowns telling jokes.

Certainly it's their most heavily promoted "news work product." The Hill-- an alleged newspaper allegedly covering Congress as its niche beat -- will literally pump out the same Seth Meyers clip 10 times in a day, just to make sure that its very informed audience didn't miss Seth Meyers' latest ejaculations.

I barely ever see them promoting a story about, you know, Congress.

You know, there was a time, say 20 or 30 years ago, when someone belonging to the media class might have been flattered to be insulted as "one of those pointy-headed intellectuals who always has his nose stuck firmly in a book."

Well -- I'd say there's very little chance of our current media class being slurred like that any longer. I literally never hear these guys talking about a book.

What's the one book you saw them talking about this last year? Yes, they did talk about one. Hillbilly Elegy. They talked about it for two weeks, and it was all pretty clear they just read the same excerpt from a blog.

Then it was right back to nonstop Stephen Colbert.

Even our alleged intellctual genius of a former president never, and I mean never, talked about books. What he talked about was ESPN's Sports Center, his brackets, Homeland and Game of Thrones.

Muh shows! Muh shows!


Muh beautiful shows where rich white college-educated people born to the upper middle class reaffirm my views as a poor member of the white college-educated cohort born to the middle class, who one day hopes to be rich or at least upper middle class!

So I better be able to repeat Seth Meyers' lecturejokes about the proposed Obamacare repeal from last night!

Otherwise, I might be blackballed from the fancy social club catering to witty intellectuals that doesn't exist except in the imaginations of idiots on Twitter and FaceBook.

Why read a book about a subject, or even an actual newspaper article, when I can just listen to John Oliver repeat the headline and then make a sillyface?

We seem to be separating in so many ways, but one noticeable way is the separation of the Tribe Who Watches TV Incessantly and Then Talks About Nothing But, and the Tribe Who Watches Less TV and Kind of Feels a Little Ashamed of the Indulgence of It and So Doesn't Talk About It All Day Long, and Also, You Know, Tries to Fit Some Other Things In Between Watchin' TV All Day Long.

I'm happy to identify as part of the latter tribe, and many progs are prouder and prouder to be counted among the former.

Good night, and open thread.

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