Let me start with a question. Please answer it without thinking or searching on the internet: when was the Trump-Kim summit?
Did you say “a few months ago”? Maybe a “few weeks ago”? Well, the correct answer is “last Tuesday”, barely more than a week ago. Why do you feel like it was ages ago? Because by the last weekend, the US media – like they were given marching orders – stopped talking about it and started talking about one and only one thing: migrant children in cages.
There was absolutely no reason for this media attention:
- The issue wasn’t any new, here are the same cages filled with migrant children in 2014
- The issue wasn’t big. They talk about 2000 children being separated, while about the same number of kids are murdered every year in the USA, and being murdered is surely worse than being in cages.
- The issue wasn’t strange or extraordinary: every country puts children into institutionalized (“cages”) foster care temporarily if their caretakers are in jail or cannot be identified, which is the case with immigrants without papers. Here are the child cages of Canada.
Do you remember the scene from 1984 when the speaker announces that “we were always at war with Oceania” and the activists tear off the old posters that were placed there before the war? This is exactly what happened. By organized media and social media action, the ones who control the US press created an alternative reality for anyone who cared to listen to them. They convinced their sheep that there is a huge, new, immediate problem that needs their undivided attention.
I don’t discuss possible reasons, just the phenomena itself. The clockwork precision along with perfect unison. There wasn’t a single dissenter who would point out the obvious problems listed above or even focus on something that actually matters, like the North Korea treaty or even the Inspector General report.
This case completely reinforced my earlier belief that “free press” is a myth, every journalist is someone’s paid propagandist, therefore upkeeping the facade is worthless or even harmful. In Putin’s Russia at least you know who’s lying to you through the media.
PS: Melania Trump responded with the best IRL shitpost I’ve seen in my life: