As I sit here this morning, all I can do is shake my head as I check the news. In the background, Good Morning, America is playing. Local news is doing its best to spin last night’s election results and yet another click bait headline insinuates an influential male did something horribly horrible to a woman. Except, when you look deeper, nothing is as it seems and the only explanation possible is that the media is still doing its best to make the news instead of report it.
Let’s start with the easy one. I wrote about it yesterday at Mad Genius Club. BN’s CEO used his typical word salad and hand-wavium to try to explain away the company’s dismal holiday season report. Oh, he has plans too. Plans that will make the company viable again. Except they won’t. You don’t fire your full-time, loyal employees and then offer them the chance to re-apply for their jobs in a few months. Of course, those jobs will no longer be full-time. Nor will they have the benefits or seniority they once had. You don’t say you are going to improve the customer experience by decreasing the number of employees per store, especially when you take away those employees who knew the stock and who actually loved books. You don’t ignore the fact you only have two investment specialists sitting in on your announcement. I don’t know how long for the world BN might be, but it now looks very much like Borders did on its final swirl down the corporate toilet.
Then there was the clickbait headline the local ABC affiliate posted on their website. The headline read, “Report: woman accused Mark Cuban of sexual assault.” How many such headlines have we seen lately? Just change the name of the man and the city where the alleged assault took place. In this case, however, what truly pisses me off is that they bury the real information at the bottom of the post. Yes, a woman accused Cuban of assaulting her in 2011. Specifically, she accused him of penetrating her with his finger while they were posting for a picture in a bar in Portland. She even made a police report about it. However, what the article buries is the fact no charges were made. The prosecutor, when contacted, noted that not only was there no evidence to support the woman’s allegations, there was evidence contradicting it. But that didn’t matter to the news report. No, they then had to bring up that this allegation — which wasn’t brought to trial and which has been basically disproven — comes after other allegations of sexual harassment in the Mav’s front office. So you tell me, who is trying to frame the news and who cares little about wrecking the lives and ruining the reputations of people to do so?
Then there’s the way the pollsters and pundits — not to mention the media — called yesterday’s primary so wrong. For more than a week, we’ve been inundated with reports that many, many more Democratic voters were coming out for early voting than Republicans. We started hearing how this meant Texas would turn purple, if not blue in the next general election. Republicans had gotten too lazy or were too upset with Trump to come out to vote. Except that’s not what happened. As I note in this post over at Victory Girls, Republican voters far outpaced Democrats who turned out for the vote. While that doesn’t preclude the Dems gaining ground here in TX, it does prove the movement wasn’t as strong as the media tried to portray it. Not that they are admitting it this morning. The spin is already going and I have no idea how they manage to do it without getting sick. That is how fast they are spinning this.
Finally, we have the Bachelor. I don’t watch the show. In fact, I refer to it as trailer trash. But my mother and one of her best friends do watch it and discuss it. So, I get a running commentary whenever I’m too slow to get out of the room. Hell, this morning it is getting as much — if not more — airplay on GMA than the real news. And why? Because the former (?) race car driver bachelor proposed to one woman at the end of the show and, between filming and the “live” after-show last night, broke up with her, on camera in an ambush, and asked the other woman to marry him.
Now, I’ve never understood why, other than money and exposure, anyone would take part in a show like that. All this only confirms my opinion of it. The guy’s explanation for why he did what he did was because he felt pressured. Time was running out on the show. Wah-wah-wah. Oh, and he thought breaking up with the first woman on camera in an ambush (she thought he was coming to spend the weekend and supposedly had no idea there was any problem) was because he wanted everyone to know he was to blame. In other words, the only way he could think of to let us know he is a cad was to embarrass and ambush the woman. Riiiight.
It is all frigging insane.
I’m going to sit here in the corner, sipping my coffee, and keeping an eye out for the next bit of idiocy to happen. Until later!