(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)— Generally speaking, people can be lumped into three main categories. The first category consists of the typical apathetic, celebrity-idol worshiping citizen who watched Miley Cyrus twerk on stage at the VMA Awards in 2013 and gossiped with his or her friends for a straight week afterward. This group buys this sort of nonsense as a source of entertainment. The second category is comprised of self-proclaimed academics who wrote overly-crafted opinion pieces claiming Miley Cyrus’ twerking – as one commentator put it – either “drew criticism from feminists for degrading her sex and from some pundits for ‘picking the pocket of black culture.’”
Then you have the third category – a lone, isolated group of individuals who pay zero attention to the celebrity world and realize that at the same time Miley Cyrus’ VMA stunt took full swing in the media, the Obama administration was attempting to bomb another sovereign nation into complete submission over unfounded allegations of chemical weapons attacks. As we now know, this military strike plan actually involved taking out Syria’s air defenses and air force, a strategy that would have required approximately 70,000 U.S. troops and led to countless Syrian deaths.
Hardly a small issue – an illegal invasion of a sovereign nation and an outright massacre of civilians — yet the media distracted us with a twerking buffoon whose only real achievement in life has been to see how accurately she can annoy the rest of us who hail from the isolated community of political dissidents.
Every day, there is a new tweet from the Donald himself. Every day, he shows us the depth of his intellect. Every day there is “covfefe.”
One of Trump’s most recent tweets shows the ultimate depths of American hypocrisy as he accuses the North Korean leader of having nothing better to do than fire missiles, a ludicrous statement coming from the commander-in-chief of the most violent military on earth, which fires missiles like there is no tomorrow.
And so begins the next analysis of Trump’s gift with the written word.
Is Trump a hypocrite for having a go at North Korea’s missile launches? Is Trump a moron? Is Trump trying to provoke North Korea and further manipulate the American people into denigrating this poor country (which has — let’s face it — suffered enough already).
The answer is simple: don’t get sucked into this debacle. Unless Trump tweets provide evidence of so-called Russian collusion — or unless he lays his plans for world domination and more Tomahawk strikes outright — it is not worth our time.
The media is benefiting from this cleverly crafted reality sitcom quite lucratively. But these same media outlets are completely complicit in helping you miss the real stories and keeping you in a perpetual state of entertainment.
None of these outlets are reporting on the stories that matter. In a flashback scenario reminiscent of how Miley Cyrus and the VMAs took precedence over Obama’s attempts to bomb Syria, the Trump administration has been striking that same country’s government multiple times over the past month or so and has been fomenting fresh allegations of chemical weapons attacks, gearing up for yet another strike.
Meanwhile, the media has all but buried a report by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, whose investigation concluded that the Trump administration had no intelligence linking the Syrian government to an alleged chemical weapons attack in April. Trump ordered a missile strike, anyway.
All of this is the true meaning of “covfefe” – a complete waste of time that ultimately distracts the public at large from the truly defining issues of our era.
Don’t let them win. The groundwork and the propaganda campaign to rile up support for another attack on Syria are already underway, and the media, Trump’s Twitter account, and celebrity culture are taking us all for a ride. We are headed towards the most dangerous crossroads of our generation as Russia and the U.S. both vie to bomb ISIS’ last remaining stronghold in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, with complete polar opposite intentions.