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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
The Final Solution: Your Traffic and Weather Reporter, Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow in Seattle (photograph: Paul Schultz)
Can you imagine what’s going to happen to a whole
generation of outspoken newscasters once Trump lives up to his promise to change
the libel laws. Let’s take MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. You’re likely to hear her covering weather and traffic on WINS, 1010 News. Imagine, her reporting
an accident on the LIE.The only way she's now
going to be able to get her point across is in slight modifications of the
facts. For instance, if there's a major accident with an overturned vehicle
and a pile up in the left lane, she's naturally going to report A MAJOR
ACCIDENT ON THE RIGHT. A storm might be coming in from the Great Lakes, but is
she going to tell viewers to look to the Left for the source of the trouble? Hell no, she’ll simply point out a disturbance on THE RIGHT. Who cares where a
low pressure system is? The net effect is the same, clouds and rain. So she
might as well place the blame where it really will serve her purpose. In this
sense Trump will have won the battle and lost the war. He’ll have removed
commentators like Maddow who are critical of his administration, but all our
arteries will be clogged. The politically motivated tie-ups on the George Washington Bridge will look like a
picnic when a whole generation of disenfranchised left wing pundits set things right.
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.