As a quick rule of thumb, a way to determine whether a right-winger considers a piece of new “fake news” is to ask a simple question: “Do they agree with it?” If the answer is “no,” then they’re going to call it “fake news.” If “yes,” they won’t — even if it is actually fake news.
That’s why Donald Trump, at this point, has pretty much declared all of reality “fake news.” It’s his favorite phrase — he’s so taken by this phrase that he’s holding his own “Fake News” awards in honor of it. And naturally, the idiots on Fox & Friends are hyping said pretend awards. Because what else are they going to do on that ostensible waste of electrons?
“Well, excitement for President Trump’s fake news awards is so off the charts that, guess what, we have to wait another week to find out who won,” Jilian Mele told the audience at the start of the segment.
After that, she quoted Trump’s tweet, recapping the situations for both the bobbleheads in the audience and the bobbleheads on stage:
President Trump announcing the delay on Twitter, writing, quote, “The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the mainstream media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!” Guys!
Co-host Pete Hegseth thought “it’s going to be great,” and another co-host, Ainsley Earhardt, asked whether the author of Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff, was going to be at the top of the list.
Of course, it was Steve Doocy, one of the stupidest people in that whole cluster of jesters, that asked if there was a trophy, prompting him to suggest what it’d be like if Trump gave a trophy “in front of the press– the White House press pool? That would be something.”
Hegseth added wistfully, “I hope he does. Amazing.”
Sometime around the 2nd century AD, Roman satirist Juvenal wrote:
Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.
As is often the case in 2016-2017, Juvenal’s satire is too gentle. At least the Roman people had the common sense to demand bread and circuses from their elected officials. Trump voters are clearly happy with just the circus.