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Matt Lauer Wants George W. Bush to Bash Trump. Dubya Delivers Knockout Instead...
Anytime the camera pans to someone famous, it's crucial for the interview to devolve into an attack on President Trump (see Katie Couric Pressures Betty White to Bash Trump and Desperate CNN Tried Making Conor McGregor Insult Trump). Following these media guidelines, Matt Lauer interviewed former President George W. Bush, and opened the door to Attack Trump Now.
Dubya didn't play along.
"You used to matter more."
Let's set aside the obvious baiting Lauer laid bare, hoping he'd steered Bush to one possible answer: a variation of either "Trump sucks" or "no comment." When Dubya was President, there were only three outlets in news, so the media had a better grip on their narrative. Not so much in 2017. The proof is you're here, reading this site, getting commentary on a news story you wouldn't read on NBC or ABC. Unless there was an awesome parallel universe where critical thought mattered more than feelings. Where cake has the nutritional value of spinach. Where men are men, women are women, and there's no controversy when such a statement is uttered. Ah. What a place.
But the media no longer has the monopoly they once did, a fact which irks them like... well, facts. Are all voices equal? No. For when the "Knights of the Respected Round Table of 'Real News'" have made clear their agenda, (as it was during Bush's presidential tenure) they tend to echo each other, in a battle to shout out other media voices. But those other avenues of news, like alternate media, have squashed their bully stronghold on that which they used to control.
A point bluntly made by George W Bush to Matt Lauer. "You used to matter more." I'm going to put this track on repeat.
Now do Chris Cuomo next...