Could it be that it’s easier to work MSNBC’s audience up over an affair that really has no bearing on anything than it does to cover actual news, with somewhat complicated streams of information and interconnectedness that have to be explained by reporters who likely don’t know Yemen from a hole in the wall? (The geographic and geopolitical illiteracy we see in the mass audience old media is remarkable.)
Yes, we think that’s it.
(From The Antimedia)
But one has to wonder if this particular thread of venality is 455 stories more important than Trump aggressively supporting a war that’s killing hundreds of people a month, injuring thousands, and subjecting millions to famine and cholera. Did MSNBC editors, poring over the latest academic foreign policy literature, really come to the conclusion Trump’s war in Yemen isn’t important? Or is MSNBC simply fueled by partisan Russia dot-connecting and stories that allow them to say “porn star” as much as possible?
What seems most likely is MSNBC has found that attacking Russia form the right on matters of foreign policy is the most elegant way to preserve its “progressive” image while still serving traditional centers of power—namely, the Democratic Party establishment, corporate sponsors, and their own revolving door of ex-spook and military contractor-funded talking heads (3/26/18).