In a recent article by Terry Paulding at The American Thinker, entitled “Biden’s rope-a-dope autocracy,” the author explores why it is that we who want a reason, sanity, and normalcy always seem to be playing defense against a hopelessly Hydra-like deluge of endless news journalist agitations.
“The American public can’t seem to pay attention to more than one or two things at a time, and the extreme leftists are using our lack of ability to multitask effectively.”
How? Answers the author: “By bombarding us relentlessly with bad news, our ever-pragmatic autocrats keep us all off-balance.” At the same time, the present White House administration “just lies back on the ropes, bobbing and weaving a bit to keep from getting hit too hard.”
I would disagree, to begin with, over any analogy that compares Joe Biden or the Biden Administration to the media rope-a-dope GOAT.
Of course, I’m speaking of Señor Donald Trump, who, as president, wore the Democrats out so seriously with his rope-a-dope Twitter game, that they, frustrated and exhausted, let the mask slip and showed us the true face of modern progressivism, just old-fashioned authoritarianism.
But there’s no doubting that the biggest brands in news journalism are owned, run, and staffed by people who are busy every day to bring Americans more and more different ugly, tragic, and vicious news items (factual or fabricated out of the real) faster than we can digest any of them before policymakers have already taken drastic and destructive action on misinformation and entire news cycles and even generations-old news narratives that are glaringly missing context.
There’s no way to fight this one ridiculous article at a time. There’s not enough time to refute every falsehood, to point out every missing context, to fix every broken logic.
Instead of thinking about news from within news, we must stand aside and think about it as what we are every time we open a news article: An outsider looking in at something.
But that’s not enough. We have to think about news articles from outside of the entire news paradigm. It is called “meta-cognition,” thinking about thinking.
We will drown in this filth if we don’t pause and think critically about news as a genre of literature and how our generation’s most influential news creators have abused the format and the public trust, with the consistent goal of demoralizing their readers, listeners, and viewers.