Today’s news features another pandemic-ignoring spring break in Florida. It also featured a heavy helping of the newest media obsession, another “crisis” on the southern border of the sort that conservatives discover with clockwork regularity and media outlets desperate for both sides rhetoric promote with an eagerness that comes very close to outright groveling.
That much of the current narrative is unsubtly premised on the supposed neutrality of a choice between continuing to violate international human rights doctrines (as the last administration did with vigor) or retreating from those policies shows how close to the surface America’s fascist tendencies remain—and how impossibly vapid our national political press continues to be. We cannot all be Edward R. Murrow, but perhaps our most staid punditry could crib a bit less transparently from Shark Week?
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