frontline documentary

I really like PBS’ Frontline documentaries. They have a series of shorts out now called “Betting on Trump.” Each one interviews Trump voters concerned with a different issue: Water in California, Coal in West Virginia, and Jobs in Pennsylvania.

Perhaps most telling is the flip of previous Democrat strongholds like Erie. The Democrats took these votes for granted. The failure of the Clinton campaign to reach out beyond the cities is well-documented. Trump traveled around the country and found all these ignored voters and told them what they wanted to hear: that he’d bring the jobs back, that he’d loosen environmental regulations so they could get water and do their jobs, and so on. Clinton’s campaign was busy courting celebrity endorsements.

I’ve talked about this before, how the media only covered the controversy and not what Trump was actually doing. And I think I finally figured out how to explain why it’s so bad that everyone’s doubling down on the “he’s racist, his voters are all racist” rhetoric.

You see this?

This is a political Nice Guy™. You know, the Nice Guy™ who cannot believe that women keep dating jerks but won’t date him because he’s too Nice, often with a smug sense of superiority whenever the girls’ relationships don’t work out for the best. If only women were smart enough to not go for assholes.

The political Nice Guy™ can’t believe his side lost because they’re so Not Racist. Since all he and his side ever brought to the table was being Not Racist, they can only assume the reason they lost was because everyone else is a stupid asshole that likes racism. If only voters were smart enough to not go for racists.

In both cases they’re missing the point: Who cares if you’re nice or not racist or whatever? Congratulations, you’re capable of entry-level civility. What do you and your side bring to the table? Oh, that you’re nice and not racist? Okay, what else? Beyonce? What else? A no-fly zone over Syria? Another war, really? Well, better luck in 2020.

The hell of it is, the keys to defeating Trump in the next election are right here. Millions of voters who picked him because he promised to help, most now with a serious case of buyer’s remorse. Any prospective Democrat (or any other party candidate for that matter) could start right now, picking up momentum on Trump’s failed promises, and substitute their own. It would be time for any and all Trump opponents to reach out.

But, nah. It’s better to preen about how Not Racist™ you are and treat these people like they’re all scum. Note that I’m not talking about responding to actual racists. Those people are generally beyond reach. But if you’re gloating about a stroke victim in her 50s not knowing if she’s going to be able eat, maybe you’re the asshole.

fanboy-trav  asked:

What are your favorite documentaries, if you watch any? I feel like everything that's come out in recent times are the same two or three topics.

Oh, yeah, I love documentaries. I’m already thinking that picking just a few favorites will be tough. In no particular order, and just what occurs off the top of my head:

The Institute (watch here)

Which is about a group of people who accepted an invitation to join a cult, and found themselves caught up in a strange game, art project, pseudo-civil war being waged in the streets and back alleys of San Francisco.

The United States of Secrets (part 1, part 2)

PBS/Frontline documentary about the NSA surveillance revelations, and government secrecy/accountability.

Citizenfour (watch)

Laura Poitras documented her interactions Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, in the weeks before his leaked info about NSA surveillance made world headlines. It’s about that, but also a biopic about Snowden, filmed on the assumption that he was most likely not going to be able to elude arrest, and if so this would likely be his only chance to explain his reasoning to the public.

Apocalypse Later (watch)

About Harold Camping, and his prediction that the world would end on May 21st, 2011, specifically, but also about apocalypticism in general. What is the appeal to those who want to believe such a prediction might be right, and how do they recover after it becomes clear that they’ll have to go on living.

In the Realms of the Unreal (watch)

About outsider artist Henry Darger, who lived a reclusive life, and only after he had died was it discovered that he had written the world’s longest piece of fiction. The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion…, which weighs in at a hefty 15,000 pages. He wrote a number of other books as well, including his autobiography, and several hundred paintings, all of which he kept in complete secrecy, never showing them to anyone.


“Frontline” Documentary Premiere

Often events become detached from their core. The center piece often overshadows the purpose and substance behind the gathering. This past June, ESC Magazine had the privilege of covering an unique and ambitious premiere. Singer and Songwriter Steff Reed hosting his “Frontline” art exhibit and documentary premiere.

The exhibit, tied to Reed’s single and soon to be released documentary, featured a large sense of community. The gallery hoppers connected their personal or experience, or those of friends and loved ones, to the art pieces on the wall. Such pieces included a bullet infused sweatshirt, caution signs featuring Police patrolling the neighborhood, and an American flag with stars replacing stars with faces of victims who suffered police brutality, this exhibit spoke volumes about its message.

City Bird Gallery’s cozy location gave spectators a chance to not just relate to the pieces, but with one another. The mixture of multiple generations gave me an opportunity to meet new people that I would never imagine talking to walking down the street. The mixture of cultures and paths gave me an amazing realization that an event can make a change in perception one show at a time.

Trump's supporters should really be voting for his accountant.

Trump is a great businessman.  He’ll know how to get the economy on track.  He didn’t pay taxes because he’s a smart businessman who makes money and he’ll make money for the country.  He knows the tax code so he can fix it and help all Americans.

Those are some very weak words of support commonly heard falling out of Trump supporters, but they’re really just cover for “I hate my life and it shouldn’t have been this hard because I’m white so I want this white man to fix it for me at the expense of the coloreds.”  Well, leave it to Stephen Colbert to blow that cover and point out what’s been staring in our faces the entire time: Trump’s financial folks are the great businessmen, not him, and here’s that tax guy behind that billion-dollar loss from Trump’s leaked statement.

Trump:  I have legally used the tax laws to my benefit.  I have brilliantly used those laws.


I honestly can’t tell you why that never occurred to me before when it was so obvious.  Even after I watched the Frontline documentary about him where the women behind his company said Donald Trump basically hired them because one good woman is worth ten men since they had to prove themselves more, I was still handing the bulk of the praise for Trump’s success to Trump himself.  This is a guy who was a virtual pariah to the banking industry because he owed so much money that he had to Big & Tasty commercials for McDonald’s to trade on his name for cashflow.  Throughout that Frontline documentary, actual finance people and the people behind the banks who let Trump borrow money were saying they think of Trump as a promoter, not a CEO, that Trump knows how to sell himself but he doesn’t know the first thing about economics.  Of course he had nothing to do with his tax return.  He handed over his receipts to daddy’s accountant, waited patiently, and then ta-da!  No taxes for two decades.

Trump is a scam artist and he’s in the process of pulling off his biggest scam on the biggest bunch of dopes on the planet – bitter white Americans.

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