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January 13, 2018

THE REVOLT OF THE MASSES:

The Atlantic’s Caitlin Flanagan made an intriguing argument that even the heavily anti-Trump tenor of late-night comedy shows actually helped Trump: “Though aimed at blue-state sophisticates, these shows are an unintended but powerful form of propaganda for conservatives. When Republicans see these harsh jokes—which echo down through the morning news shows and the chattering day’s worth of viral clips, along with those of Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Meyers—they don’t just see a handful of comics mocking them. They see HBO, Comedy Central, TBS, ABC, CBS, and NBC. In other words, they see exactly what Donald Trump has taught them: that the entire media landscape loathes them, their values, their family, and their religion. It is hardly a reach for them to further imagine that the legitimate news shows on these channels are run by similarly partisan players—nor is it at all illogical. No wonder so many of Trump’s followers are inclined to believe only the things that he or his spokespeople tell them directly—everyone else on the tube thinks they’re a bunch of trailer-park, Oxy-snorting half-wits who divide their time between retweeting Alex Jones fantasies and ironing their Klan hoods.”

Read the whole thing.

Incidentally, why would Trump’s base think that “the entire media landscape loathes them, their values, their family, and their religion?” Because that’s exactly what the media tells them on a regular basis.

QED:  CNN’s Don Lemon Lectures Trump Base for Supporting a ‘Racist:’ Makes You ‘Worse Than Him.’

Related: Michael Wolff, Golden Globes, and the Failure of the Artistic Class.