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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Media Is Complaining That Their Tired Old Tricks No Longer Work!—So Much Winning!





Here is Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) over at Politics.Co.UK:

[Brexit Party] rallies were treated like some kind of spontaneous spasm of British Leave desire. Farage was handled like a political savant. If you interviewed him, it gave him what he wanted. If you asked him tough questions, it allowed him to play the victim. If you threw milkshake at him, you turned him into a martyr. No matter what you did, he won. Even the party’s logo, an ugly sideways house that doubled for an arrow on the ballot paper, was treated like a stroke of unrivalled genius.

Let’s analyse this one step at a time.

[Brexit Party] rallies were treated like some kind of spontaneous spasm of British Leave desire.

The desire to leave among a substantial part of the citizenry is long-standing. But the rallies were treated as spontaneous because they were spontaneous—in the sense that Brexit Party had only been created a few weeks prior.

Farage was handled like a political savant.

Dunt means Farage’s success could not be denied, although the Remain-media wanted to do just that and they would have done just that had Farage’s party not had a first place showing by a wide margin. Farage was handled like a political savant because he is a political savant—by any fair measure.

If you interviewed him, it gave him what he wanted.

All politicians want to be interviewed, especially after a success. Dunt means only that the media could not have avoided interviewing Farage, although that is precisely what they had wished to do.

If you asked him tough questions, it allowed him to play the victim.

Dunt means only that the old, tired dirty tricks and deflection no longer work.

If you threw milkshake at him, you turned him into a martyr.

Here, Dunt means only that the new dirty tricks did not work. And notice how he fails to suggest that it is wrong to assault politicians (including, if not especially, those you disagree with). He only rues that such assaults fail to work as intended by the assailants involved. Is not he on the side of the assailants? If you dont believe me, see <https://twitter.com/IanDunt/status/1130466736178958341> (Ian Dunt: “This should not need saying but apparently it does. Throwing a milkshake at someone is a non-violent act.”). Pure Orwelling newspeakno introspection and no shame. 

No matter what you did, he won.

Which just proves that Farage is a savant, and notice that Dunt does not say that Farage cheated or lied. Dunt just rues that Farage had a comprehensible political goal shared by a substantial part of the electorate. IE: Leave. For Dunt, the problem is little things: voters, democracy, reality, etc. In other words, as hard as the media tried to put forward road blocks, and doing so is their real job, Farage continued to succeed. 

Even the party’s logo, an ugly sideways house that doubled for an arrow on the ballot paper, was treated like a stroke of unrivalled genius.

It is like Dunt ran out of complaints, but just had to go on doing so anyway, and wont he or somebody else please tell I’m-With-Her Hillary!

Seth

Seth Barrett Tillman, The Media Is Complaining That Their Tired Old Tricks No Longer Work!—So Much Winning!, New Reform Club (May 29, 2019, 4:55 AM), <https://reformclub.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-media-is-complaining-that-their.html>. 


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6 comments:

megapotamus said...

The American revolution started with snowballs.

Ken B said...

I suggest he test his legal theory by throwing a milkshake at a cop and fighting the charges.

Alpheus said...

I can't help but wonder when people like *us* are going to throw a milkshake at *him*, and see if he *still* considers it non-violent!

elkh1 said...

Replace "savant" with "stable genius", replace the "ugly sideways house" with the "beautiful" red MAGA cap. Dunt has written a piece about Trump.

Rich Vail said...

In Britain, try throwing a milkshake at a "South Asian" pol. Then watch the difference in how said "nonviolent" act is handled by the press...

Anonymous said...

This all is nothing but porkrind boilerplate [mixed metaphor alert]-- who cares what some depleted play-doh type lets drip down media's polluted windowpane?

When we want coprophagic bleats-amd-squeaks, old chap, we'll let you know to fire up the Hupmobile. 'Til then, do us both a favor and sod off.