Tuesday, December 26, 2017

All The President's Meh

The heir to the Washington Post fortune, William W. Graham, committed suicide last week, echoing his publisher father's death in 1963. Graham, a 69-year-old lawyer, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound last Wednesday, according to an obituary published in the Post. 

The Washington Post fortune?

His family, which is to say his Mom hasn't owned the WaPo since she sold to it to Jeff Bezos for 250 million.  I guess that's what they are referring to.  It's just the phrasing that's a bid odd to me.  It's as if the newsies can't quite let go of the fantasy of the powerful crusading newspaper dynasty.  This desire for a family of tycoons seems a little out of place for a bunch of demi-communists like journalists.  But then again Engels himself came from money and he was not necessarily the junior partner in the comedy act of Marx and Engels.   

William Graham's suicide is probably a bit more skylined than would be it's usual want because there is now a movie about his mother in the theaters. 

Yeah, it's bullshit.  What do you want it's directed by Speilberg?  After BFG cratered he went back to what he knew.  Putting Tom Hanks in an Oscar bait vehicle.  

It's both fantasy and projection.  In the fantasy world of newsies the WaPo is the paper that was so powerful it once brought down a president, thanks to the leaks of a senior FBI agent.  The projection here is obvious.

By the early 1970s, mass media had reached its zenith (if you’ll pardon the pun). Most Americans were getting their news from one of three TV networks’ half-hour nightly broadcasts. With the exception of New York, most big cities had only one or two primary newspapers. And no matter what a modern newspaper’s lineage, by and large its articles, except for local issues, came from global wire services like the Associated Press or Reuters; it took its editorial lead from the New York Times; and it claimed to be impartial (while usually failing miserably).

Up until the Reagan years, [Shannon Love of the libertarian-leaning Chicago Boyz econoblog] says, “definitely fewer than one hundred people, and maybe as few as twenty people, actually decided what constituted national news in the United States.” These individuals were principally concentrated within a few square blocks of midtown Manhattan, the middle of which was home to the offices of the New York Times. The aptly nicknamed “Gray Lady” largely shaped the editorial agendas not just of newspapers but of television, as well. As veteran TV news correspondent Bernard Goldberg wrote in his 2003 book Arrogance, “If the New York Times went on strike tomorrow morning, they’d have to cancel the CBS, NBC, and ABC evening newscasts tomorrow night.”

Love calls this “the Parliament of Clocks”: creating the illusion of truth or accuracy by force of consensus. “Really, the only way that consumers can tell that they’re getting accurate information is to check another media source,” Love says. “And unfortunately, that creates an incentive for the media sources to all agree on the same story.”

The truth is that Nixon offed himself and would have ended up resigning even if Deep Throat hadn't leaked.  

Now the dream is that history will repeat itself and somehow through a combination of senior FBI Deep State leaks and fearless reporting, the Trump presidency will be magically whisked away.

Except now the dream is becoming nightmare.  The president not only remains but has been only strengthen by their attacks and the Deep State leaker is rapidly becoming discredited.

And as for the Graham Family Fortune, well 250 million is a fair chunk of change to have jingling in your pocket but it's only a fraction of what the Washington Post was worth fifteen years ago.


Lovekraft said...

Meryl should donate all of her salary to Harvey's victims.

((( bob kek mando ))) - ( the Original Militant Apathist ) said...

i think Meryl should just admit that she loves pedophiles.