From Mike Huckabee:
Is anyone else suffering from a severe case of “outrage fatigue”?
The 24/7/365 anti-Trump hysteria in the media has gone from baffling to annoying to downright wearying. At least when the left had the “Russian collusion” tale, they could scream “Treason!!” all day and claim to have a somewhat legitimate foundation for their hyperbolic accusations. But with two years passed and still no evidence of Russian collusion by anyone except the DNC and the Hillary campaign, the anti-Trump brigades have to keep coming up with new Trumpian “OUTRAGES!” to raise alarms about whilst running around like their hair is on fire.
With failing liberal media outlets finally showing profits thanks to pandering to seething Hillary voters (they should thank Trump for saving them from bankruptcy), there is a huge demand for ginned-up Trump “OUTRAGE!” clickbait stories. Nothing is so petty that it can’t be used as fuel for the outrage machine, from Trump eating two scoops of ice cream for dessert to Melania’s choice of footwear while boarding Air Force One. After all, when 24/7 news channels have to grind anti-Trump propaganda ‘round the clock, it burns up a lot of material. Even if you watch only the big three networks’ (ABC, CBS and NBC) evening newscasts, you get an onslaught of it: a new study by the Media Research Center found that in 2018, those shows’ coverage of Trump was 90% negative.
(Of course, that doesn’t apply to their coverage of the government shutdown, which is caused by Democrats’ refusal to compromise with Trump and provide funding of a border wall that’s a fraction of what they’ve previously approved. In December at least, the broadcast networks' coverage of Trump’s handling of that was 97% negative.)
But granted that the outrage machine is running on fumes, this week, the tank may have reached a new low. Here are some of the things we’re supposed to be boiling oil and sharpening pitchforks over:
Trump made a one-letter misspelling in the word “hamburger” in a tweet, then later noticed the typo and fixed it:
Head not exploding yet? Okay, brace yourself: Trump made a joke about the White House chefs being furloughed during the shutdown, so he ordered burgers and pizzas for the Clemson Tigers football team rather than letting his and Mike Pence’s wives make them “small salads.” That was enough to send some CNN talking heads into an OUTRAGE meltdown over his horrifying sexism.
(A hat tip to Ed Driscoll at Instapundit for noting that one of the panelists who was most in a lather over Trump’s alleged clueless insult of a large demographic group is also the author of a book called “What’s the Matter with White People?”)
Of course, there was also the expected faux OUTRAGE over Trump serving fast food burgers and pizza instead of haute cuisine or kale and tofu. But the football players seemed to like it (not being CNN, I don’t repeat fake news, so I’ll point out that the Clemson quarterback who allegedly praised the grub said that quote was fabricated, “however, the trip to the White House was awesome!”
Finally, to cap off this day of pointless OUTRAGE, former New York state attorney Preet Bharara (who was fired by Trump) launched a much-discussed tweet claiming that if Trump wants to withdraw from NATO, he should publicly state it “so he can be impeached, convicted and removed from office.”
Whether you support NATO or not, all rational persons should agree that anyone who thinks it’s a high crime for a President to hold a negative opinion of a particular multinational organization probably shouldn’t be a US Attorney. But the tweet garnered plenty of “attaboy” responses, including one from someone who thought Trump should not only be impeached, but jailed and all his money seized by the government (that guy must really love NATO – wonder if he knows what the letters stand for?) Eventually, even Bharara recognized that he’d gone too far and backed away.
And that’s just a typical Tuesday!
I freely admit Trump sometimes says (or more likely, tweets) things that make me cringe, that are poorly expressed, unpresidential, too personal or insulting, or just a distraction from more serious matters that only hand his critics ammunition. I think of them as unforced errors.
If I don’t comment on every one of them, it’s not because I condone them. It’s just I have “outrage fatigue.” What’s the point in commenting on every unfortunate Trump tweet when I know the media is going to erupt like Mt. Vesuvius no matter what he says or does? They’ve become like the boy who cried wolf – into a TV camera, 24 hours a day for two years and counting. If Americans have started to assume their hysteria is baseless and simply ignore it, it’s because that’s what they’ve taught us to do.
The most appropriate response to all this phony OUTRAGE is laughter, and Will Lloyd at the Spectator US supplies us with some, via his imagined conversation between a liberal elitist Millennial snowflake couple quivering in horror over Trump putting hot mustard packs for the Big Macs into the Eleanor Roosevelt silver servewear.
OOPS! Dept: Here’s a pointer for liberal pundits who love to play the race card at every opportunity. When a radio host asserts that his success is due to hard work, qualifications and experience rather than his skin color, before you accuse him of refusing to acknowledge his unfair white privilege, make sure you’re not talking to a black radio host.
Not yet confirmed, but it appears that the stench of anti-Semitism from the leaders of the Women’s March has gotten so pungent, they’ve even lost the sponsorship of the Democratic National Committee.
Our Insane World, Cont’d: Sheriff’s deputies were called to Oberlin High School in Louisiana after a student came under suspicion of making a terrorist threat. The student’s house was searched for weapons, but none were found, nor was any evidence of plans to do harm. The “threat” was based on the fact that while taking a math test, the student drew the square root symbol, and several students noticed and commented on the fact that it’s shaped sort of like a pistol.
And yet, all the warning signals put out by real school shooters get completely ignored. Something doesn’t add up.
I don’t know why we even need a President when we have so many federal judges who are willing and eager to do the job. Today’s example is an Obama-appointed judge in New York who ruled that the Trump Administration can’t add the question, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” to the 2020 Census.
Considering the many intrusive questions asked by the Census, one would think that was a pretty basic piece of information. The judge also admitted that the question isn’t “racist.” And it’s hardly unprecedented or unconstitutional: it used to be on all Census forms until 1950, when it was dropped because there were so few non-citizens in the US (hardly the case now), and it stayed on the long form until 2010. No, the judge ruled that the question couldn’t be asked because Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross didn’t go about reaching that decision in the right way. Again, something that I wasn’t aware was part of the oversight power of federal judges.
This is yet another time-wasting and partisan attempt by the judicial branch to constrain the legitimate Constitutional powers of the executive, and let’s hope the Supreme Court rules it so quickly. Meanwhile, here are five reasons why the people who oppose putting this question on the Census form didn’t go about reaching that decision in the right way.
And From Staff writer Laura Ainsworth:
It’s official: leftists have no sense of humor. I can see why stand-up comedians increasingly turn down bookings on college campuses –- and why so many colleges no longer try to book them in the first place. There’s hardly anything that comics are even allowed to talk about. Every joke has to be dissected to decide which ones can be laughed at. Here’s the latest example:
A panel of commentators at CNN went nuts over President Trump’s wisecrack about Melania making some “quick little salads” for a championship-winning football team visiting the White House. Because of the partial government shutdown, Trump had had some food ordered in, and his choice was mass quantities of fast food from McDonalds and Wendy’s, which I'd assume is a great menu for football players. It would be pretty fun for the players to eat Big Macs at the White House, and this is something they’d enjoy much more than little salads. But to the comedy-overseers at CNN, the remark was taken as incredibly sexist.
Listen, you pea-brains at CNN, I am a woman who writes comedy material for a living, and Trump gets an A+ in my book for that remark. It doesn’t strike me as sexist at all. I imagine Melania really is someone who favors “little salads,” and the truth of that is part of what makes it funny. What if Obama had made the same remark about Michelle, who was known for touting the benefits of eating the healthy greens from her garden? No one would have called him sexist. The football players would have just enjoyed their fries and shakes, happy that Michelle wasn't making them eat beets.
The “shutdown” notwithstanding, I seriously doubt that the First and Second Ladies would have actually toiled in the White House kitchen making kale-and-kiwi-fruit plates for the football players, just as Michelle didn’t really spend hot summer afternoons spreading manure over her cabbage and broccoli. (It’s the people at CNN who are busy spreading manure, but I digress.) If it’s hard to picture Melania making the little salads, the image becomes even funnier. Perhaps it would be reminiscent of the TV show “Green Acres,” with Eva Gabor trying to cook an egg while wearing an evening gown and four-inch heels.
One of the panelists asked why Mike Pence couldn’t have been the one to make the salads. Actually, that would have been funny, too. Both versions are funny --- in different ways, as they conjure up different images. Sometimes one wonders what duties the Vice President actually has, day to day. Maybe it’s making little salads, who knows?
Anyway, leftists have no sense of humor. There are just too many places they won’t allow their minds (or yours) to go, in order to stop themselves from committing thoughtcrime. Don’t ever seat me next to one at a dinner party, unless you want that person to get up in a huff and leave before the “little salad” is served.
Which brings me to Gillette. Some nimrod decided that the way to get men to buy their shaving products (or at least to talk about Gillette) was to get on board the “toxic masculinity” train, trash men for being male and admonish them to be “the best a man can be.” I’ve read commentary from a few people who actually like this ad, and also from many people who do not. I most emphatically do not.
Being someone who does have a sense of humor, I decided it might be fun to offer my opinion while incorporating some ridiculous puns based on shaving. First, here’s the ad, along with some information about it:
Now, my opinion: Though it’s trying hard to be CUTTING-EDGE, this is a terrible ad. I BRISTLE at this heavy-handed lecture about how bad men are –- generously allowing that “some” of them aren’t bad, but “not enough” of them. I get into a LATHER when I see men taking it on the CHIN yet again, just for being male. I get IRRITATED when I see men painted with such a broad BRUSH. In fact, I could FOAM at the mouth. Most of them deserve credit for dealing with BUMPS in the road and for being there in the NICK of time when you need help –- also for keeping a stiff UPPER LIP when that is appropriate. Many should be commended for doing a good job of GROOMING their sons (and daughters as well) for adulthood. Men, stay SHARP, and don’t let them brainwash or intimidate you –- be the man who goes AGAINST THE GRAIN. You’ve developed a THICK SKIN, but I’m sure most of you could use some positive STROKES right now. You deserve them.
Okay, enough with the puns. (You’re welcome.) It also occurred to me how offensive it would be for a company to do a similar commercial aimed at women and their personal shortcomings. As in, “toxic femininity.” Can you even imagine what that might be like, and the reaction it might get? If it were the counterpart of the Gillette ad, it would use images of women in forced, stereotypical gender roles, too --- maybe instead of showing two boys fighting on the playground or an executive touching a female colleague, it would show a group of popular little girls bullying an unpopular girl or a professional woman getting seductive with a married male co-worker. “Women...is this the best a woman can be?”
Gillette, your ad doesn’t cut it.