FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Hey Rachel and Anderson, Wake Up!

Rachel Maddow (annual salary $7m) is nuts or I am, pick one.

With a ferocity and zeal like Dickens’s tricoteuse Madame Dafarge who gloated while royalist heads tumbled off  the revolutionary guillotine, Rachel blindly pursues the great non story of our time, the “Russia connection”.

What’s so evil about a sneaky line to the homicidal Putin?  To save the planet Jack Kennedy did it with an off-his-rocker Khruschev in the Cuba missiles crisis, and in Paris newly president Macron is front and back channeling Putin over Syria and “matters arising”.

Republican Devin Nunez, a Trump stooge and House Intelligence committee member, says Democrats  are using the Russia investigation to justify Clinton’s loss.

100% correct, Devin.

The Russia probe is just another excuse for divided, disarrayed Democrats – passionate young Bernies vs. the Same Old Bunch – to switch the spotlight away from the tough BIG UGLY STORIES to a lazier TV scandal that eats up all the available time and our eyesight.

OK, what are the ugly stories worth raising hell, headlines and prime time about?  No, not the Paris pollution accord.

Foremost, budget director Mick Mulvaney’s fierce hatred and contempt for any of us not a billionaire.  Trump’s Mulvaney, a southern Tea Party hawk, means us great harm.

With a bloody machete Mulvaney (life pension, generous congressional health plan) is in a war mode to cut, cut, cut everything from food stamps, to Meals on Wheels, access to contraception, disability benefits, lengthen already long waiting times for help, Medicaid, senior and child and pregnant woman assistance – any and all programs that we’ve built  up for ourselves and others in trouble.

The great thing about this money monster is his honesty.  “We’re no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or people on those programs, but by the number of people we help get off those programs.”

Sweet Jesus, this guy is Catholic condemned by the U.S. Conference of Bishops, as if he cares.

Swish, lop, head drops into the basket.

(Personal note: yes, mum and I were on govt programs called “relief” where you stood in line all day for handouts of farm-surplus lard, beans and anything else indigstible but welcome.)

Damn Mulvaney to hell.

Ugly Story #2.  Easy to cover if you really want to.  Trump-and-it-should-be-said-Obama inspired ICE immigration  ‘rafles’ (roundups) of our own “Jews”, mainly Latino immigrants.

ICE is bossed by Homeland Secy, Marine general John Kelly who lost a son to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan and, in revenge, sees our border crossers as just another Taliban.

Newspapers occasionally pick up the ICE story, TV, which sponges off newsprint, hardly ever unless something photogenic erupts.  But there’s nothing camera-worthy about ICEmen hanging around a courthouse, school or home itching to add to their bonus.

From January through March in “Operation Cross Check” Trump’s out of control ICEmen  arrested for deportation 21,000 immigrants, many of them with no record or with traffic violations.  In New York they took a four-year-old kid from school.

Here in Southern California we have daily mass raids on homes and sweatshops.  God help you daring to go to a hospital or police station to report an assault or robbery.

What’s the problem, Rachel?  Wake up Anderson!

Most TV anchors (CNN Anderson Cooper, $4m) and producers make a lot more money than the poor, vulnerable and poverty-stressed who are Mulvaney and Trump’s pigeons.  Media folks hardly ever walk in our shoes, and it shows.

Ugly Story #3.  The lousy state of the Democratic party with the Pelosi-Schumer-Hillary ancien regime’s death grip, and the “sans culottes”, the young progressive rebels straining to break free.

Stop futzing about, you prosperous TV glrls and boys.

More articles by:

Clancy Sigal is a screenwriter and novelist. His latest book is Black Sunset

Weekend Edition
August 17, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Daniel Wolff
The Aretha Dialogue
Nick Pemberton
Donald Trump and the Rise of Patriotism 
Joseph Natoli
First Amendment Rights and the Court of Popular Opinion
Andrew Levine
Midterms 2018: What’s There to Hope For?
Robert Hunziker
Hothouse Earth
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Running Out of Fools
Ajamu Baraka
Opposing Bipartisan Warmongering is Defending Human Rights of the Poor and Working Class
Paul Street
Corporate Media: the Enemy of the People
David Macaray
Trump and the Sex Tape
CJ Hopkins
Where Have All the Nazis Gone?
Daniel Falcone
The Future of NATO: an Interview With Richard Falk
Cesar Chelala
The Historic Responsibility of the Catholic Church
Ron Jacobs
The Barbarism of US Immigration Policy
Kenneth Surin
In Shanghai
William Camacaro - Frederick B. Mills
The Military Option Against Venezuela in the “Year of the Americas”
Nancy Kurshan
The Whole World Was Watching: Chicago ’68, Revisited
Robert Fantina
Yemeni and Palestinian Children
Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond
Orcas and Other-Than-Human Grief
Shoshana Fine – Thomas Lindemann
Migrants Deaths: European Democracies and the Right to Not Protect?
Paul Edwards
Totally Irrusianal
Thomas Knapp
Murphy’s Law: Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors
Mark Ashwill
More Demons Unleashed After Fulbright University Vietnam Official Drops Rhetorical Bombshells
Ralph Nader
Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives
Hans-Armin Ohlmann
My Longest Day: How World War II Ended for My Family
Matthew Funke
The Nordic Countries Aren’t Socialist
Daniel Warner
Tiger Woods, Donald Trump and Crime and Punishment
Dave Lindorff
Mainstream Media Hypocrisy on Display
Jeff Cohen
Democrats Gather in Chicago: Elite Party or Party of the People?
Victor Grossman
Stand Up With New Hope in Germany?
Christopher Brauchli
A Family Affair
Jill Richardson
Profiting From Poison
Patrick Bobilin
Moving the Margins
Alison Barros
Dear White American
Celia Bottger
If Ireland Can Reject Fossil Fuels, Your Town Can Too
Ian Scott Horst
Less Voting, More Revolution
Peter Certo
Trump Snubbed McCain, Then the Media Snubbed the Rest of Us
Dan Ritzman
Drilling ANWR: One of Our Last Links to the Wild World is in Danger
Brandon Do
The World and Palestine, Palestine and the World
Chris Wright
An Updated and Improved Marxism
Daryan Rezazad
Iran and the Doomsday Machine
Patrick Bond
Africa’s Pioneering Marxist Political Economist, Samir Amin (1931-2018)
Louis Proyect
Memoir From the Underground
Binoy Kampmark
Meaningless Titles and Liveable Cities: Melbourne Loses to Vienna
Andrew Stewart
Blackkklansman: Spike Lee Delivers a Masterpiece
Elizabeth Lennard
Alan Chadwick in the Budding Grove: Story Summary for a Documentary Film
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail