Media corruption at the “paper of record”
The American people are besieged by staggering corruption. Political, business and media corruption have merged, creating a toxic cynicism that has wrecked faith and belief in democracy.
Brett Favre stands as a perfect avatar for a class of corrupted American elites who have become deluded into believing that they have an entitlement to take whatever they want. This is the world where two Mississippi governors coddle the pampered sports icon like a child, while helping him scheme to find a way to divert money from some of the nation’s most impoverished people so that his daughter can play in a new volleyball stadium.
Perhaps there is a silver cloud in the Favre travesty. At least he isn’t the MAGA nominee for US Senate or governor for Mississippi. Fraudulence has become a chief qualification in the MAGA class of 2022. Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance set up a fake opioid charity. The Yale Law School-educated Silicon Valley millionaire deceived people by having MDs tell them that the OxyContin that would kill them is harmless. Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Oz is the 21st century version of the snake oil salesman, riding into town strapped down with bottles of magical elixir. The MAGA movement is a giant con and has been from day one. At the center of it all is a singular figure. He is the most corrupt human being in the history of the United States of America. He is the worst president in American history, twice impeached, utterly disgraced and the instigator of a bloody insurrection that ended the tradition of the peaceful transition of power, which began in 1797.
His name is Donald John Trump from Queens. He has a “psychiatrist.” Her name is Maggie Haberman. She is the lead Trump reporter for The New York Times, and has become, like him, a singular totem of corruption. The corruption of the American media has fueled the extremist movement that threatens the republic as the journalistic ethic forged by Ed Murrow, Fred Friendly, Dorothy Thompson, Walter Cronkite and a generation of truth seekers gave way to a generation of information profiteers. The money that flows from anger, division, confusion and insanity can be counted in the tens of billions of dollars. That is the business of much of the American media. It is certainly Maggie Haberman’s business.