Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" (Network, 1976)
Commentary by Marc Platt
It has started. We all knew this day would come. The beginning of the end.
Do you remember the brilliant 1970's movie "Network" and the late-great Peter Finch's Howard Beale character? They KILLED that character off on national TV to get better ratings. In New Hampshire Trump's own supporters did the job.
It happened on Thursday night (9/17) in New Hampshire. "The Muslim Moment" happened when a town hall goer asked Trump about "The Muslim Issue" and the insane and debunked "Obama Birther" notion. Trump did not stop this guy from spewing his garbage and it exposed the MAJOR problem with his entire candidacy...His actual supporters are white trash.
I am not demeaning YOU if you support his message of "being an outsider" and you may identify with Trump on certain levels, but you will leave him shortly because you don't want to be identified as a rascist, bigoted moron who believes our twice-elected U.S. President was not born in America. You will be reminded that Mr. Trump spent a great deal of time a few years back spearheading the "Birther" movement.
Trump's supporters hating Muslims and wanting to shut down "Muslim Training Camps" in America is ridiculous. Promoting fear and hatred and ginning up a base that was dormant for political gain will run its course and completely damage what was left of the Republican brand.
Okay...The political media, pundits, advertisers, network chiefs and the written press are responsible for the rise and certain fall of the Trump candidacy. These are the people who need to make money during the "Silly Season."
I admit that I am truly addicted to the cable news networks. I watch all of them at certain times during the day and night when I am working at home.
"No bucks...No Buck
(The Right Stuff, 1984)
Donald Trump was a gift to the networks. He made the early election season amusing and he will be missed by the advertisers. Trump brought MILLIONS of viewers to the FOX and CNN debates who never would have tuned in. Trump also exposed the fragility of the other 16 candidates that will only hurt their chances next year when the real voting starts.
Pundits need to have content on their programs and they could devote 40% of their alloted time to Trump throughout the summer. They all made big bucks with the never-ending Trump coverage. The cable networks devote entire blocks of time giving Trump coverage when he has a rally, or a town hall. It is a train wreck that they hope will derail in real time.
When all is said and done, this guy in New Hampshire who spewed his "Hatred of Muslims" did Donald J. Trump and the country a favor. This man put Trump's supporters front and center and let the world know how scary a Trump presidency could really be.
By Marc Platt
I made up a new word, but you know exactly what it means: "Relig-idiot."
Why do politicians and many "public servants" find it necessary to persecute non-believers while compaining that THEY are the ones being persecuted?
Why do men and women give money to these zealots?
If you keep encouraging them, they will keep taking advantage of your "faith."
Ted Cruz has done little, if anything in the way of policy as a U.S. Senator. He has raised holy hell in the GOP to the extent that he is hated by most of his own caucus. He was responsible for the $24 billion 2013 government shutdown. That shutdown was due to the GOP's hatred of affordable health care for millions of U.S. citizens.
Let me repeat that. The Republicans shut the government down because President Obama wanted to make sure people with pre-existing conditions could be insured, etc...
Now Senator Cruz wants another government shutdown because he and his co-horts are against women's health care. Yes, my friends...Planned Parenthood is evil, according to the Republicans. Never mind the fact that only 3% of Planned Parenthood deals with abortions and not ONE CENT of taxpayer's money goes to abortions.
Mike Huckabee, Louie Gohmert, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Carly Fiorina are among many who support shutting the government down to defund Planned Parenthood.
This brings me to Marriage Equality and the use of the term "Religious Persection." It appears that the Republican Party thinks Christians are being persucuted and they are raising money off of that fact.
This Kim Davis Affair in Kentucky has become their cause celebre.
A "Relig-idiot" is anyone who persecutes "Non-Believers" while insisting THEY are the ones being persecuted.
I really don't even need to go through all the gruesome details about how this woman and these politicians are acting like "Relig-idiots" because you already know the answer, right?
Commentary by Marc Platt
Let's talk about this Roger Stone character who recently left the Donald Trump organization, but has continued to be Trump's surrugate in the press and to anyone who will interview him. He is out there all the time playing the "Trump Card" even though supposedly Trump "fired" Stone.
Stone (a Libertarian) is a veteran of eight election campaigns and a staunch Clinton hater. He is about to release a book about the Clintons on October 13 that accuses Hillary of covering up her husband's rapes. This is garbage, especially since the chances of attribution are next to none. I highly doubt these victims will go on record.
In other words Stone could have made all of this stuff up without any proof to offer the public and the
press. The media needs to go through this book and debunk the "facts."
I make no bones about the fact I have been a Clinton supporter since 1992 when I worked (very briefly) for Mickey Kantor (in the Los Angeles office) during the winter/spring of that year.
I was also an Obama supporter starting in 2008. So yes, I have left leanings, but that does not change the fact that you cannot just make shit up like "Rape" and "Cover-Ups" just because you cannot win elections fair and square. Mr. Stone has been associated with many losers over the years. I will not get into mud slinging.
Here is what I think and I'm going on record a month BEFORE he releases this book.
Trump and Stone had to seperate on paper because this inflammatory book is going to be in the headlines and Stone cannot be seen working for a possible Clinton adversary politically and be on a book tour slamming her and her husband as sexual deviates.
If I were Phil Griffin (MSNBC), Roger Ailes (Fox News) and Jeff Zucker (CNN) I would absolutely NOT let Stone anywhere near the airwaves. He has disqualified himself as a surrogate.
I completely expect that his Clinton book will have anonymous sources. Any news outlet who lets this man spew his money-making garbage at the expense of the Clintons for his own financial gain is irresponsible.
I would say this if it were ANY candidate or person. This is complete BS and Stone needs to be reprimanded by all the candidates for these tactics.
There you have it.
By Marc Platt
It looks to me like Fox News is slowly pulling its viewers towards the middle, which is a smart move by news chief Roger Ailes and Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch.
They will likely phase blowhards like Cheney off the network just like when Megyn Kelly sealed Karl Rove's fate at the network in 2012 when he tried to futility argue the re-election of Barack Obama by having Chris Wallace FINALLY start calling the Bush/Cheney administration out for their terrible Iraq strategy, we may finally start to put that gruesome episode aside and get on with it.
I would look for guys like Mike Huckabee and ted Cruz to start diminishing in the next few years. Fox News is NOT stupid. They know that they went too far with the incendiary right wing stuff. They created Glenn Beck and perpetuated the Rush Limbaugh brand way too much.
The Republicans must start drifting back to the center (where Reagan actually was) and away from the wacko garbage.
This is why I applaud what they TRIED to do in that September 6 Republican debate in Cleveland. Conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt is carrying on the debunking of Trump on his lack of foreign policy knowledge. It is just a matter of time before Trump's act wears off, but he will have damaged the brand (what was left of it) forcing the entire party far to the right.
America still will have to endure the Carson, Trump, Fiorina onslaught for another month or so leading into the actual primary season. Look for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and current Ohio Governor John Kasich to somehow emerge as the closest things to moderates capable of competing with Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders next year.