The Definition of Insanity
“The U.S. is a divided government,” Zaslav said. “We need to hear both voices. That’s what you see. Republicans are on the air at CNN. Democrats are on the air. All voices should be heard on CNN.” —David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Brothers Discovery.
Feeling crazy? No? Just me? Ok. Well, guess what? In my opinion, you should feel crazy. Like, if you live in the United States and don’t feel you’re losing it at least a little bit right now I want to know your secret. Is it anesthesia? Or maybe you just have superhuman coping skills vis-à-vis the utter madness we continue to live with every second of every day. It’s hashtag mental health awareness month, so it’s my duty to advise you, Well-Adjusted Person who adeptly manages their stress and heartbreak or maybe just doesn’t feel things all that deeply, to please be aware a lot of us tender-brained folks are feeling mentally challenged at the moment. Am I for one on medication? Yes. Am I for one in therapy? Yes. Am I deeply fortunate to have both those things available to me as well as an assortment of other tools cultivated over several decades of synaptically challenged life here on Earth, yes and please trust and believe I am currently using the shit out of all of them.
However. When the media mogul who controls CNN says, without a hint of irony, that the reason why they are ONCE AGAIN giving their worldwide platform to a twice-impeached,
credibly accused civilly liable sexual abuser and defamer (of at least one of the 25 women who’ve alleged he harassed or physically assaulted them over the last few decades), the same person who fomented a straight-up coup when he lost the previous Presidential election, is because ALL VOICES SHOULD BE HEARD, I for one feel like I’m being shot out of a cannon straight back into county Crazytown.
I mean because remember? The attempted overthrow of our government? I know you remember. You must because we all watched it unfold live on television as it happened. And then we were reminded of it during Donald Trump’s second impeachment hearing. And then it was replayed for us very recently by the bipartisan January 6th Committee which made an extremely detailed and convincing case that Donald Trump was indeed responsible for all the terror and violence unleashed that day as though it were a shaken-up bottle of his beloved Diet Coke uncapped across the very seat of our Democracy. I mean, you broadcast those hearings, CNN, so you must know what happened. Right?
The shattering of windows the breaking down of doors the men wearing Kevlar vests with their zip ties and their bear spray, the men using flag poles to beat in the heads of anyone in their way, the men smearing blood and feces on the walls of our Congress, the terrified representatives crouching beneath seats in the gallery, the putting on of gas masks, the high office holders being secreted away into the bowels of the Capitol, the maniacal chanting of Where’s Nancy and Hang Mike Pence, the functional gallows erected in an attempt to fully realize that last invocation, the cops who were killed or nearly killed or who died afterward from the trauma.
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