Trump's Reality Freak Show Rise Is Totally Television Dependent—but...

Neal Gabler on tRump and pussygate. To me he's obviously right that TV as a medium hollows out content and degrades discourse. I was less aware, though I should have known, that Fox wasn't an exception in its structural misogyny.

Television has been Donald Trump’s enabler from the time he announced for the presidency. He was always the attention-deficit candidate in an attention-deficit age where television, especially cable television, required a 24/7 stream of news.

TV has always hollowed out content and degraded discourse. That is its proclivity, and there are very few who have been able to buck it. From its inception, it has primarily been an entertainment medium, not an informational or educational one, and it has imposed its imperatives on our politics. In this campaign, we have gotten more political coverage than I can ever remember, and less coverage of issues.

Now we get Hillary’s emails and Trump’s videos. We get entertainment and distraction.

As the attention-deficit candidate for our times, Trump should win this election, since his opponent is obtuse enough to think that issues still matter.

His candidacy arose as a freak show, ...TV wants what it wants. [emphasis mine]

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… the “Access Hollywood” tape … Every man has known guys like this – deeply insecure men who brag about their sexual conquests and their sexual ability.

It was all about power.

He was saying that he could do to women whatever he wanted because he was a “star.” And Bush played along – a toady and enabler.

Television – all entertainment, if you want to be frank about it – is a boys’ club. Men dominate, …

Trump was enabled by television not only because television loves circuses like Trump, but because television is full of Trumps who have also been enabled by television. For men in the industry, television and machismo often intermingle.

Questions have arisen as to why NBC News didn’t race to release this incendiary material from “Access Hollywood,” which is owned by NBC.  After all, they had the scoop of a major presidential candidate bragging about sexual assault.

The network brass may have dragged their feet because this misogynistic, chest-puffing talk and behavior is so natural to the men who run television that they didn’t even recognize sexual predation when they saw it. [emphasis mine]

That TV news is all about appearances, particularly men judging women as sex objects, grates on me every time I watch. Even the weather channel.

Women tend to be young, gorgeous, with tight fitting clothes and more bare skin.

Men tend to wear suits and don't have to be young and gorgeous.

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That TV news is all about appearances, particularly men judging women as sex objects, grates on me every time I watch. Even the weather channel.

Women tend to be young, gorgeous, with tight fitting clothes and more bare skin.

Men tend to wear suits and don't have to be young and gorgeous.

Un/fortunately as a non-TV-watcher I'm somewhat insulated from media portrayals of women as sex objects even when that's not their ostensible role. I still see it on billboards, magazine ads, etc.

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