The media is having a glorious time exploiting Obama’s “bitter” comments. NONE are reporting on this accurately, in fact most, not just Fox, are grossly miss-reporting in what I can only assume is motivated by a need to fan the flames to create a real barn burning, ratings grabbing issue to keep Americans glued to their tvs to see what will happen next. Sadly, some I expected to do better. Take for instance The rubes and the elites at Salon today. Very intriguing look at the cultural geography in our nation as a way of explaining how and where Obama succeeds, this “Greater New England” of “the vast region from New England and the Great Lakes to the upper Plains and Pacific Northwest settled by New England Yankees in the 19th century along with culturally similar Germans and Scandinavians”. The piece puts also shows the historical relevance of this region as well as a cultural split between the Truman wing and the Stevenson wing. All great stuff, which makes this shit all the more surprising and inexcusable:
To judge from Obama’s several statements on the subject, he sincerely believes that working-class whites, lacking the self-awareness to recognize the actual economic origins of their distress, seek relief from their pain by praying in church, slaughtering deer, and making illegal immigrants and imports from foreign countries scapegoats for ills that have nothing to do with immigration or trade. They may not be racists, they may even be sympathetic victims, but they are too irrational to understand their genuine problems and their true interests, which are chiefly economic, a fact that university-educated progressives in big cities and college towns can readily perceive.

Uuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhh… WRONG! Here it is again:

“For the past 25-30 years, Democrats and Republicans have come before them and said ‘we’re going to make your community better, we’re going to make it right’ and nothing ever happens. Of course they’re bitter. Of course they’re frustrated. You would be too, and many of you are… Nobody is looking out for YOU. So people, they don’t vote on economic issues because they don’t expect anyone’s going to help them”

Now let me repeat what Mr. Lind said, “[Obama] sincerely believes that working-class whites, lacking the self-awareness to recognize the actual economic origins of their distress…” No, I think they recognize all too well the actual economic origins of their distress but even if they didn’t, they sure as hell know one thing, and that’s that neither Democrat nor Republican for the last 25-30 years could be trusted to help them. This, understandably, makes people bitter and angry. Well maybe not so understandably since the media can’t seem to understand that, or understand that when it comes from Obama. Or, of course, it could just be they understand all too well but choose to hide such understanding in exchange for inflammatorily blissful ignorance, blissful for it brings ratings. This sort of thing is indicative of a new word kicking around, “manufactroversy”, manufacturing a controversy for some ulterior motive. In this case, ratings.

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6 Responses to “The Media’s Gleeful New Manufactroversy – "Bitter-gate"”

  1. "they sure as hell know one thing, and that's that neither Democrat nor Republican for the last 25-30 years could be trusted to help them"Which is precisely many don't bother voting at all.

  2. Philly:
    No, I think they recognize all too well the actual economic origins of their distress but even if they didn’t, they sure as hell know one thing, and that’s that neither Democrat nor Republican for the last 25-30 years could be trusted to help them.

    Hmmm. “Neither Democrat nor Republican,” eh? Maybe there’s a lesson there.

  3. I don’t know about on the levels of Senators, Congressmen and local officials, but no President has done anything. True, the only Dem in that period was Clinton, but he signed NAFTA and Hillary called it a success in her book, although now she seems to be backing off that.

    Hey, I remember the odd little Perot ranting about how NAFTA would fuck us, and here we are. Maybe both parties do have their heads up their asses. Maybe Obama might fix that, or make it worse, or just be another name to add to that 25-20 year list.

    The point really is that I’m fed up with the media incorrectly reporting on this whole thing. I feel like it’s some taboo thing, like how none of them would show those muslim cartoons. Why can’t we talk on tv about blacks being upset at inequality, or whites upset with affirmative action, or the working class being bitter and frustrated with the economy and no one doing anything about it for them? There’s a taboo in place about this shit and I feel Obama is getting fucked for daring to break those taboos and hey, if the breaking of those taboos isn’t provocative enough to garner ratings, well, let’s just skew the reporting to get a manufactroversy.

  4. I actually have to give Joe Scarborough some credit. He said that even the worst case interpretation was not necessarily any sort of window into Obama’s soul. He said Obama was talking to a group of potential donors and some one asked him why he was not winning a particular group of voters. Obama had to come up with an explanation that would not deter the questioner from coughing up some cash. In the same circumstances, Scarborough might have said “Because they’re all nuts.”

  5. That would be the way he sees it since he’s a slimy ass. If you’re a slimy ass and have no empathy (ie- you assume EVERYONE must be like you) then you’d figure his comment was an insincere, say whatever will work kind of comment.

  6. Which is precisely many don't bother voting at all.

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