President Trump. This is why

Michael Rosenblum at Huffpost writes

In the 1950s, early television was allowed, with many restrictions, to be an observational guest at political conventions. They were quiet “flies on the wall,” carefully and quietly commentating on what they saw way down below. They did not get involved in the process. Today, they ARE the process. Today, political conventions are nothing but carefully directed TV shows. Likewise “debates.” They exist only to entertain a TV audience. TV and entertainment now dictate everything political. It is a never-ending show. The biggest reality show on air.

And Donald Trump is great TV.

He knows how to entertain.

He understands ratings.

Hillary Clinton is crap TV.

She may be smarter, better prepared, a better politician. It won’t matter. She is terrible entertainment.

That’s just how it is. Depressing, but true.

He is Kim Kardashian. She is Judy Woodruff.

Who gets better ratings?

Who would you rather watch for the next four years?


In 1825, the great French gastronom Brillat de Savarind said, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” Today, in America, we can safely say, “Tell me what you watch, and I will tell you what you are.”

And what do we watch?

It isn’t “PBS NewsHour.”

Has politics really got to a point where The running man meets Hunger games?  And if not yet, will it?




  • Metricman

    Very sad, even if true.

  • Wheninrome

    So that brings us to Little versus Key

    • Sailor Sam

      You are assuming that it will not be Robbo v Key?

      • Wheninrome

        No assumptions here, still same argument who will be the best,

  • biscuit barrel

    The conventions were allways just a show. Even when they did make a choice who was to be the candidate it was in smoke filled rooms out of sight of the then media

    Sure Trump has the biggest show in town, but its getting out the vote that matters. The polls especially in the swing states will tell the results month by month. The current month is all Clinton and thats a fact.
    Next month it should be her again, but could be Trump, we wont know till 30 days time

  • shykiwibloke

    Perhaps a factor in why polls do not match voting. Everyone is happy to go along with the circus until they get in the booth and think of their money.

  • spanishbride

    I think politics as entertainment is a factor, why else would this vain pretty boy be in power?

    • bristol

      Conversely, someone once said, “politics is show business for ugly people.” ;)

    • biscuit barrel

      I see the backdrop for Trudeau says Ottawa Cancer Foundation. maybe a better situation than a cage at a radio station and some shock jocks ?

  • Disinfectant

    We all judge people by what they read.

    Sit on a train in the U.K. and you can tell straight away whether a socialist or capitalist.
    Gaurdian – Socialist, Telegraph – Capitalist.

    But with mobile media (smart phones) I’m stumped. Oh well, back to seeking other clues – dress sense!?

    • Bluemanning

      Exactly I see here now in England the youth reading and talking about the Guardian and the more mature just reading the Telegraph.