Yeah, I know. Boycotts are for Trump supporters who are pissed off when a bakery sells a cake to a same sex couple, but according to what is beginning to trend on Twitter, the various hashtags referring to tonight's infomercial are being heard by the networks. The popular ones so far this morning are #BoycottTrumpsAddress and #BoycottTrumpPrimetime.
Last night, actor and director Rob Reiner stated: "Unless there's a way to fact check in real time, if the media gives Trump airtime tomorrow night, they will be aiding and abetting the propaganda of a would be authoritarian. Time to hold the pathological liar accountable."
He's not wrong.
Yesterday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was called out during an interview for outright lying about the "border crisis." There is no crisis. The statement made by Ms. Sanders and Trump that 4,000 would be terrorists were apprehended at the border last year is a complete lie. When confronted, she back-tracked and admitted that illegal immigrants come from all modes of transportation, including flying - which is how at least 50% of illegal immigrants get in to the United States. The next highest statistic is visitors or students who overstay their Visa. Next, they will declare we need a dome. Apologies to Alaska, Hawaii and any number of U.S. territories but you're cut out. Gone.
When Obama wanted to address the nation on immigration reform in 2014, it was opposed by most Republicans and called "politically volatile." It did air on public broadcast stations, but not primetime unless a local affiliate chose to air it. I mean, Republicans should be whole-heartedly against primetime airing this speech, shouldn't they?
An article published by Jamie Fuller of The Washington Post shows a quote from a network insider regarding Obama's immigration speech:
“There was agreement among the broadcast networks that this was overtly political. The White House has tried to make a comparison to a time that all the networks carried President Bush in prime time, also related to immigration . But that was a bipartisan announcement, and this is an overtly political move by the White House.”
Is this simply another standard of integrity being pushed by the way-side because Trump brings in good ratings? Is he changing the face of politics forever? I could argue it's not necessarily a bad thing for politics to change overall, but not to the lowest point possible. We should be demanding more integrity and more accountability not just for politicians, but for those who have their hand in supporting lies - like the networks. They can't complain when the "president" shouts #fakenews from his Twitter mountain, and then give him a platform to spew lie after lie. He does that enough on his own.
Let's all be clear on this. The whole "border crisis" is nothing but a distraction Trump is using to deter people from looking at what is happening with the Mueller investigation. But that's a whole other blog.