A Hall of Mirrors

CNN host of the program, Reliable Sources, Brian Stelter, wrote an article, recently, ‘Trump and his media boosters live in a hall of mirrors.’

‘If you’ve ever been in a Mirror Maze attraction at an amusement park, you’ll know that it’s disorienting and repetitive.  You’re seeing the same thing over and over again, but some of the reflections are distorted and confusing, making it difficult to fine your way out.’

‘That’s what it’s like to step inside President Trump’s hall of mirrors.’

‘See, Trump’s media cheerleaders repeat what he says, and he relays the message back to them, and the mirror effect continues.  You might start to feel dizzy.’    CNN Media

I agree with Mr. Stelter’s hypothesis and would add that each of us…to an extant…live in our own hall of mirrors.

We surround ourselves with people that tend to agree with our way of thinking.

We consume news broadcasts that fulfill our political and societal beliefs.

The clubs that we belong to  and the churches that we attend and social events that we frequent…are often in line with our, narrow,view of the world and our place in it.

The frightening element of our, individual, hall of mirrors is that there is becoming an lack of agreement on what we, until recently, agreed were fundamental facts.

We are now being subjected to, daily, a barrage of guttural language where the leader of our country refers to private citizens as; dogs, the stupidest man on television, the press is the enemy of the people, low IQ, dummy, dumbest, dumb as a rock, sleazy drunk/drugged up loser, slime ball…and the list goes on and on.

The New York Times, last month, documented, ‘487 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter:.’

‘On August 3 Katy Tur, a news anchor on MSNBC,  revealed that she had received a threatening message from a Trump supporter, saying, ‘I hope you get raped and killed.’    RawStory

A caller to Cspan has threatened to, ‘shoot Don Lemon and Brian Stelter, if he sees them.’  Mr. Lemon and Mr. Stelter work for CNN.

‘Not the enemy of the people; 70 news organizations will blast Trump’s attack on the media.’    Washington Post

‘For the past 19 months, President Trump’s war of words with American news organizations has been more of a one-sided barrage-at least according to the Boston Globe’s editorial board.’

‘Trump labeled the news media ‘the enemy of the American people’ a month after taking the oath of office.  In the year that followed, a CNN analysis concluded, he used the word ‘fake’-as in ‘fake news’, ‘fake stories’, ‘fake media’, or ‘fake polls’,-more than 400 times. He once fumed, the New York Times reported, because a TV on Air Force One was tuned to CNN.’    The Washington Post

When I was a child we had often recited the saying, ‘sticks and stones may break my bones…but words will never hurt me.’

Obviously, the saying was incorrect!

I have found that any, closed, environment that I have been a part of…has the danger of becoming a hall of mirrors.,

You can become a member of a church and so immerse yourself in the teachings and activities of the organization and the personalities of the leaders of the group…that the reflected images that you see have become distorted.

It is easy to become so much an integral component of your employment and the organization that you are part of…that the, once, clear lines of delineation of right and wrong and ethical and unethical…can become blurred and distorted and grotesque.

It is so much easier to listen to what our politicians promise us and assure us of their love and care for us and their concern for us…but it takes effort to examine to ensure that the rhetoric matches their works.

We are told that tariffs are good for the country and are returning jobs to the United States.

But, if we are gaining one job…and loosing five…how is the miracle working?

When it is, now alright and smart and the prerogative of our leader, to punish and demean and chastise anyone who criticizes him…and we set back and feel confident and satisfied that those who criticized the great leader…should have known better…who will come to our aid…when the ordained…turns his ire…towards us?

 

 

 

 

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