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This is a fascinating segment on several levels. The “everyday” people, as “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan calls them, have some interesting answers, but more interesting is the host and her questions, her demeanor, and her many attempts to cajole, push, and spin the folks into saying something positive.
It can be seen as a microcosmic metaphor for the current state of how the media has found itself at its limits on its ability to “manufacture consent,” as our friend Noam Chomsky puts it.
That CBS chose to air this segment is itself remarkable.
My Spidey sense tells me that the media is abandoning President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. There are other clues too. Something’s up.
By the end of the segment, I found myself wondering if CBS was just doing a CYA and rebuking the Biden press handlers. Seen through this lens, Ms. Brennan was doing a fine job shilling for the administration, but this segment reveals that the everyday folks aren’t buying it. At all.
CBS to Biden admin press coordinators: See, we are trying, but it’s not working.
Until further notice, I consider anything the mainstream media says or does as manipulative and propagandistic. Nothing is as it seems.
Democrats must get rid of Biden and Harris pronto before the midterms, somehow. I don’t know if they have a plan or if they are just winging it and have decided to just dump them and hope for the best.
Or, it could be that CBS has decided to go back to basic journalism?
That would be my last consideration.Published in