Discovery motions underway in a widely watched (by some, at least) court action against a propaganda peddler masquerading as a news outlet have turned up some interesting tidbits.
Turns out the purveyors of disinformation swallowed whole by a large part of the nation knew they were pushing the political leanings of their corporate master, knew they were lying, and knew what they were doing was a cynical and disgraceful attempt to hold onto their market share of an audience already actively participating in the lie.
The fact that many of these almost comical agent provocateurs are still on camera and not hiding in shame in a deep cave somewhere is testament to how far we’ve fallen as a nation – with disgraceful behavior apparently now considered an acceptable bullet point on a person’s Curriculum Vitae.
Even as these and other revelations come to light it appears that many Americans remain comfortably ensconced in their own echo chambers, with no amount of proof or self-admission swaying them from their belief that baby-draining Democrats are an actual thing.
Fine. If a public voir dire is not enough for those deep in their rabbit holes, okay, you’ve made your bunks and you should be prepared to lie in them – usage noted. But we do fear that this single-minded Skew Think has now become the norm, infiltrating our layers of government and trickling down to the suburban level where we make our home. With our own notes on public transparency firmly in hand we can’t help but observe the writings of peer publications running up against systemic barriers and obfuscations of their own. And while we tend to focus on our own stated area of coverage we have to say the independent confirmation of our own observations is troubling.
Almost as troubling is the public’s apparent, ongoing fascination with what many seem to believe are bodies or body parts scattered about the region like cordwood. And while, certainly, citizen observation of unusual things has led to the discovery of some pretty unsettling incidents we are left to wonder if the proliferation of true-crime podcasts and programming is leading to a sort of public hysteria – with otherwise normal folks obsessing over discarded carpet or clumps of week-old chicken bits. We don’t know what movies or shows you’re watching but drive-by observations by budding criminologists has been leading to some interesting discoveries as some poor schmuck – usually someone with a real badge and gun – is dispatched to check out the latest corpse du jour.
Recently, report of a “lifeless, very white woman sitting upright in a car and staring straight ahead” spurred further inspection by a John Law who trudged out to find, you guessed it, a mannequin propped up in a car seat. Something to remember the next time you stumble upon your next murder victim.
And, on a busy President’s Day, ours turns up in the middle of a shooting war, flying the flag a little for an embattled people and remarking on the price of eggs – something Americans can relate to. By all accounts residents of Kyiv were happy to see Joe Biden, and he apparently made a point of making himself accessible to them, providing something of a lift for people rocketed or shelled on an almost daily basis. The trip was conducted under a strict security blackout, of course, comparable perhaps to our Mr. Roosevelt sneaking off to London during the Blitz – which never happened but you get the drift.
We were out and about a little ourselves Sunday, strangling in suit and tie and remembering our declaration of Constant Casual Days but pulling it together long enough to conduct some business. Sometimes you just have to Embrace the Suck and put your business face on.
Judging from the number of emails and Flashback texts waiting for us upon our return the whole Restful Sabbath thing may be a thing of the past as we spent the evening catching up and finding out what was on everyone’s minds. Always (well, almost always) enjoy those communiques so thanks for reaching out.
Anyway, we’re back in the saddle and ready for the coming week. Talk to you soon, we’re sure.