The Pardu

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Trump Invited To Cable News; Unceasing Bloviator




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. 
Gish Gallop
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.
“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.
Mediaite

Joe Scarborough Cuts to Commercial After Donald Trump Won’t Stop Talking
by Alex Griswold | 8:21 am, December 8th, 2015

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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.
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It should be noted MSNBC ever cautious about a viewer ratings hit, directed Scarborough's co-host to alert the show's conservative viewers that the completely Trump interview would re-run within the following tow hours. How pathetic of the MSNBC management?


If you need another media example of Trump's mastery of the Gish Gallop, CNN's Chris Cuomo was his next victim. Cuomo even demurred to Trump's stopping the host in mid-sentence and forcefully directing the host to give him a couple of seconds. he then ran off soon another two to three-minute diatribe. Linked here Part 1, here Part 2.


We understand the reason for offering presidential candidates air-time. It is the right thing to do when possible and it captures viewers. But, why offer a platform to a Gish Gallop master, if the host, her/his producers, and network managers know his technique for over-talking throughout the satellite time driven segment? Basically, if he candidate consumes the majority of the airtime Gish Galloping with the same statements he makes with each appearance, why not offer viewers others views of the candidate via tweaking the interview model.



When the reality show celebrity turns news networks into ratings seeking co-conspirators in feeding the public Trump 'bullcrap.' we all lose in the long run. Despite the unconstitutionality and extreme cost (USD and international shame) of Trumps proposal, we find among his supporters people who support bombing people into oblivion: "...they reproduce." The woman spoke as if hiring an exterminator to ride her house of an ant colony.

We note that earlier today, House Speaker, Paul Ryan spoke against Trumps latest foray into deep bigotry.

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