My name is asiangrrlMN. I am a lefty blogger at the highly-esteemed blog, Angry Black Lady Chronicles. I am not Black or a Lady, but I am definitely Angry, and today? My ire is aimed directly at you. Because, you all fucking suck, first of all. You’re all about your fucking ratings and making sure that you don’t upset the status quo. You will report on shit like the Kardashians (the fact that I even fucking know who they are kills my soul a little bit) and the stupid British wedding (note, we are Americans. We fought against the British purportedly to get away from all this monarchy bullshit*) and all the other mundane bullshit that passes for news these days.
Confession time: I have very little use for you. I don’t watch any news, cable or broadcast, and I read very little old-timey news, either in paper form (none) or on the web (very very little). I read blogs I trust, and when they direct me to the latest chicanery of the day by the MSM, I sometimes click on the link with great reluctance. This means I don’t watch ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, or any other so-called news network. I used to watch Rachel, but I haven’t done that in months, either. I rather imbibe my news by reading about it because I get to control the pace of the information download, and I find TV news to be seriously broken.
That said, I don’t live in a complete vacuum. I know what the MSM is babbling about most days, and my disgust has grown quantum leaps in the past few weeks since Donald Trump declared that he might declare, but he might not. But, at any rate, he’s a smart guy who, you know, is such a success**, and, you know, he’s not sure the president was born in this country.
Stop. Stop right there. This is one of my conversation-stoppers. If someone says s/he isn’t sure whether President Obama was born in this country, that person loses all credibility with me. As a terrorist anchor baby*** myself, I take much exception to this entire line of questioning and to the nerve of people demanding the president produce proof of his birth (beyond the birth certificate he’s already shown). If someone wants to make a ridiculous claim, it’s up to that person to prove his/her claim, not to the person being accused to prove it’s not true–which isn’t fucking possible, anyway. You can’t prove a negative.
And, you, our stupid American media is complicit in all this bullshit by allowing Sarah Palin, Trump, and other leading Republicans to hem and haw over this issue. You actively foster birferism when you have Trump and the others on your fucking news shows spewing their fucking bullshit and you don’t push back on it. Well, just having Trump on your shows is bullshit, but by not saying, “The president showed his birth certificate way back in the day, and it’s legal”, you’re as much to blame as all these batshitcrazy people on the right and the people who are mimicking them to get attention (yes, Donald, I’m looking at you); you do not get to hide behind the cowardly statement of, “We’re presenting both sides” or, “We’re letting the viewer decide for him/herself” or the infuriating, “Both sides do it!” That’s bullshit. You’re goosing the fake controversy to boost your ratings. That’s all this bullshit is.
As for “both sides do it”, BULLFUCKINGSHIT. The best comparison, the truthers on the left, are rightly shunted off into the corners and told to shut up. There is not a Democrat in any high position (of which I am aware) who gives full-throated support to the 9/11 conspiracy theory that W. and his cronies somehow masterminded the fall of the Twin Towers. Frankly, I think it’s bullshit because no fucking way people THAT incompetent could have conspired to pull off something like the attack on 9/11.
Another beef: very few, if any of you have had the guts to say that this birfer bullshit is racism, pure and simple. You know, of the two candidates who ran for president in 2008, one of them was not born in the United States. That person was not Obama–it was McCain. And yet, no one ever questioned his legitimacy to run for president. Why is that? What is it about Obama that drives this idiotology?
He’s black. It’s as simple as that. Whenever he talks, the batshitcrazyrightwingnutters only hear this:
Anyway, I woke up today to Kerri Miller on MPR talking to some journalist about Trump. I thought it was just a general, “Do you think the media is responsible for the Trump circus” bullshit, and the guy’s answer pissed me off. He laughed and said, “Well, you know, it’s our job to jazz things up, but, no, it’s the American people who are mostly responsible. Until we stop demanding news like this, it will keep being reported.” I’m paraphrasing, but that was the gist. I thought he was full of shit with that answer–when I found out why they were talking about that issue today, I nearly lost my damn mind.
Obama released the Kraken? Er, I mean, he released his long form birth certificate? My immediate thought was, “Damn. I wish he hadn’t done that.” Then, as I heard more about what he said in his speech and the response to his announcement, I changed my mind. I’m not mad at him for doing what he did, and I loved the way he excoriated the media in the process. And, really, this is what it was all about. President Obama wasn’t trying to change any minds today. He knows that nothing will satisfy the birfers. He did it to send a message to the media–stop fucking around and do your damn jobs. On one blog I read, someone pointed out that Trump said he would release his financial records when Obama releases his long form. Well, Obama has done the latter, so Trump now has to do the former. In addition, Obama is making a statement–this is ridiculous. We have real things about which to worry–any Republican who doesn’t walk back birferism will be viewed as part of the batshitcrazy.
This leads me back to the media–you assholes are already trying to spin this and say how Obama shouldn’t have couldn’t have should have could have blah-di-blah-blah-blah, and why is he so meeeeeean to us?
Because you fucking deserve it. A purported democracy such as ours cannot survive without a healthy and vibrant press. You’re not it. You’re a bunch of bottom-feeding parasites who would write admiringly about how talented a musician Nero was as he fiddled away. Or, you would bicker about which of his wives was hotter–Claudia or Augusta.
I’m not mad at Obama for releasing his long form. I’m fucking furious, though, that I live in a country that forced him into doing so. I’m livid that our media pushed and pushed this birfer nonsense to get better ratings, and now they’re acting as if their hands are not dirty. The Republicans have to own the birfers, yes, but the media has to own the fact that if they had said right after Obama was elected, “He was born in this country. Here is the evidence” and refused to give any measure to the birfers, it would have stopped right there as a political weapon. Or, if the media had reported on the birfers and put them in context of, “They are fucking insane and racist” every single fucking time, the meme wouldn’t have had nearly the legs it did. But, no. You, the media didn’t do any of that. And now, you are SHOCKED that the president called you to task for not doing your damn jobs.
“It was only four percent of the newshole“, yeah, fuck whatever. Any time spent juicing this non-troversy is too much, and it’s pretty fucking insulting as a POC that the media is trying to weasel its way out of this. The grownup thing**** to do would be for them to say, “Hey, you know what? He’s right. We have a near-depression. Unemployment is still high. We are involved in three wars. There are plenty of REAL fucking issues about which we can report–this manufactured, racist bullshit should have never made it past the first month of Obama’s presidency. Sorry, Obama. Our bad.” But, fuck it. I know you never will because that would mean you’d have to take personal responsibility for what a mind-numbing shithole the newshole has become, and you all are just not willing to go there. And that’s why you will be obsolete in a decade or two. I will be waving my pitchfork triumphantly in the air and laughing my flat ass off when the last one of you is gone.
This video is for you:
Now, if you excuse me, I have to go season eleven billionty pitchforks so I can do some righteous prodding of your hindquarters. Oh, and FUCK YOU!*****
*Yes, yes, yes, gross oversimplification, so sue me.
**The man went bankrupt more than once running casinos. That doesn’t sound like a success to me.
***Neither of my parents were citizens or permanent residents when I was born in Minnesota. And, you know what? I can still run for president. And I am. Right here.
****Yes, I am well aware of the irony of me calling for a grownup response in this post, thankyewverymuch.
*****Man, I’m glad Lent is over.