Donald Trump is a blowhard who is living the life of the celebrity gone "temporary" politician who is tapping into deep root fear, bigotry and loathing in America's poli/social Right. Trump is as shallow as a tadpole pool and US electronic media offers the potential GOP presidential candidate far too much ratings-garnering indifference.
Trump is finding great success among a segment of the US population and he is finding success without serious media challenges. Without exception we find on-air hosts who stumble over themselves reaping "Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump." all over the bloviating candidate while providing nothing more than non-costs advertisements. Trump doesn't answer questions; he cannot seriously answer most questions from hosts as his scope of knowledge is shallow and he doesn't pay attention to advisers and handlers. True News media interaction is not his shtick; he is singularly a purveyor of fear and hate laced with overt bigotry and at times adorns a cloak of racist. When speaking to hordes of sycophant supporters he has free reign to speak the same sermon uninterrupted and with applause. Once, he moves to what he perceives as an unfriendly network interviewer he becomes a "Gish Gallop" bloviator shielding against questions via rambling through he same words he offers on the campaign trail.
The Gish Gallop is the debating technique of drowning an opponent in such a torrent of small arguments that the opponent cannot possibly answer or address each one in real time. More often than not, these myriad arguments are full of half-truths, lies, and straw-man arguments — the only condition is that there be many of them, not that they be particularly compelling on their own.
As you listen to Trump think about the definition above. He will ramble on and on, and if stopped by the interviewer he will immediately "Excuse me" back into the megaphone control position of the interview. The highly compensated interviewer then becomes the bloviating (and begging for a moment) non-control figure who's task is simply to follow direction tot eh next commercial break.
Mediaite captured such a moment this morning as MSNBC early morning conservative, Joe Scarborough, grew visibly anxious with Trump's use of Gish Gallop.
Mediaite“One other thing–” Trump said in response.“No, no, no, no, no,” Scarborough said. “You’ve got to let us ask questions, you can’t just talk.
Joe Scarborough Cuts to Commercial After Donald Trump Won’t Stop Talking
by Alex Griswold | 8:21 am, December 8th, 2015
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough got so fed up during a Morning Joe interview with Donald Trump that he cut him off and cut to commercial.
Trump gave a long answer to a question from co-host Mika Brzezinski. But when Scarborough tried to cut in to challenge Trump on a few points, he simply talked over the show’s host.“Alright, Donald–” Scarborough began.“One other thing–” Trump said in response.“No, no, no, no, no,” Scarborough said. “You’ve got to let us ask questions, you can’t just talk. You gotta let us ask question, you’re just talking.”Scarborough then began to ask his question again, but Trump butted in again. “I’m not just talking, I’m giving you the facts.”“Donald, we will go to break if you keep talking,” Scarborough finally said angrily.Trump naturally kept on talking. “Alright, go to break everyone,” Scarborough told his producers. “Go to break right now, we’ll be right back with Morning Joe.”Sure enough, they went to break.[Image via screengrab]