Our American Friend: UK Guardian on secret plan to stop Donald Trump

From the Guardian we learn that, among other things, the secret GOP plan includes:

5. Force Trump to spend as much as five minutes with one of his own supporters. More.

Me: This seems surreal. Does the Guardian really believe that a successful politician would not know his own supporters? What was he supposed to learn?

Him: The Guardian just let go 250 employees. Tells you all you need to know, I believe.

Reality check: Yes, 250 …

My big interest, of course, is the watershed all this represents for media: Why is the Media Party failing to contain Trump? Never mind that the Guardian’s snooty Brit view of Trump supporters is all wrong.

I want to focus on the fact that, as a product, it isn’t selling. If it were, the paper would be taking on employees, not dumping them out windows.

Here’s what I have learned pursuing this question over the past decade: I used to think that the difference between legacy mainstream media and new media was technology: fish wrap vs. bytes.

But no, I was mistaken. It’s more of a key difference in attitude. Legacy media see themselves as gatekeepers of news. But they aren’t. And because they aren’t, they can no longer be mass opinion leaders to nearly the same extent.

To put it in terms they’d understand: Out there back of beyond, the rubes, the boobs, the morons, and the neanderthals are sharing information on the internet without including you. And they don’t care what you think because they don’t need to listen to that as the price of finding out what is going on.

Go ahead and insult them for free. It relieves stress while retooling one’s resume for a different line of work.

See also: The Political Animal’s blow-by-blow account of the campaign starting with Tuesday’s slaughter (working backward).

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Is this the same Guardian that had a secret plan to unseat George W Bush in 2004 by having all of their lefty readers send a letter to registered voters in Ohio?
    That didn’t turn out so well, did it?

  • David Murrell

    While resting this Saturday morning, I channel-surfed onto the Bloomberg Business channel, which supposedly was supposed to be showing a “review of the week’s business news”, or something like that. But what transpired was an anti-Trump interviewer interviewing a series of Republican inside boys, who outlined outlandish schemes on how to stop Trump. The whole hour show was bizarre, but it showed to how extreme all of this plotting has beome.

    • And they also gave PM Useful Idiot a blowjob this week.

    • H

      It truly is bizarre to watch; I can only think that these people ranting about the evil Trump are deep down, shaking-in-their-boots, terrified. Little else explains their odd fixation with stopping him.

  • Minicapt

    The Guardian piece was an attempt at “humour”.


  • Justin St.Denis

    Brits having shitfits. The very definition of impotence…

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    The Guardian is only worth reading as humor.

  • Hard Little Machine

    We need to hijack and airliner and fly it into the Guardian’s main facility.