We were recently treated to the crown jewel in the Fox News coronet of failure, as a news source. This came after almost a year of obscene pandering to Trump, in which Fox gifted him with dramatically more coverage than any other candidate, since he announced last June.
From May 1, 2015 to December 15, 2015 Trump received an astounding 22 hours and 46 minutes of airtime – more than double the amount of any other candidate. How stimulating for audiences; how educational! It’s hard to imagine that any, among the most indoctrinated Trumpers, could withstand such an onslaught of Trump promotion without surfing on over to the Cartoon Channel.
Now the most sycophantic hour of television ever inflicted on an audience in the free world has been aired. On Thursday, Greta Van Susteren took viewers on a full-hour visit with the only people more tedious and less informative than Trump himself: his family. After an opening graphic evidently created by Fox interns, Greta announced: “It’s time to Meet the Trumps!” Right: that was the title. The graphic can be viewed here, if you dare.
This was not the updated version of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”; it was a new form of media art: an entire hour of immersion in a family that dwells in the Challenger Deep of sameness and monotony.
Melania’s exotic beauty is momentarily interesting, but the Trump children seem like a cross between Stepford children and the Corleone family.
The program garnered an enormous amount of criticism. Mediaite said of the show:
“[It] is reminiscent of footage we see out of Pyongyang, North Korea: adorned gold tapestries and photos dedicated to honoring Kim Il-sung and his family. Triumphant music plays in the Fox News segment as well, the exact type of processional tune you’d expect an arena full of North Koreans to eagerly cheer to as the DPRK supreme leader comes out to take his seat among his people.”
TheBlaze offered a roundup of media scorn:
“‘A glimpse of what state media will look like after Glorious Leader Trump is victorious,’ MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted.” [Note that Hayes used the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer’s reverential title for Trump.]
“‘I agree it’s like something you might see on the state-owned TV station in a tiny country somewhere,’ echoed senior Fortune writer Mathew Ingram.”
“‘Kill me,’ wrote BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski.”
“‘Shout out to North Korea,’ opined the Globe and Mail’s Andrew Woo.”
“’The worst sitcom in history or informercial posing as journalism? Maybe both?’ asked Daily Caller contributor Derek Hunter.”
One wouldn’t think the demise of a once-great news channel would be humorous, but some of the tweets attendant upon its fall into Prntly-dom are snicker-inducing:
Here’s a two-minute montage of Trump’s kids praising him, if you haven’t had enough.