Wrestling Legend Eric Bischoff Explains How Mainstream Media, Pro Wrestling Both Manipulate Audience
News media and pro-wrestling have few differences (see Michelle Wolf Savages Liberal Media AND Comics and SNL Mocks Liberal Media Fascination with ‘Hillary Sightings’). No one can make that point more clear than Eric Bischoff, the former head of WCW, and the one man who came close to beating Vince McMahon. To put that in perspective for non-wrestling fans, beating Vince is the equivalent of Trump beating the flying she-devil, madam cankles of the cursed pantsuit. Everyone said de-brooming Hillary couldn't be done. For 83 weeks the same was said of Bischoff. Needless to say, the man knows his promotional and adversarial crap.
Warning: the first three minutes of this video feel like a Michael Scott meeting gone wrong. That's part of the plot. Stick with it!
H/t to Wrestling Inc for transcribing this so that I didn't have to:
It wasn't until after I got out of the wrestling business and I retired then I realized that the news media and professional wrestling used much of the same formula. They don't want you to think, they want you to feel...
It never used to be that way... I don't recall seeing politics as bad as it is today. At least there was an integrity in journalism and lines they wouldn't cross, things they wouldn't do. They would report both sides of the stories and let the audience or the reader decide how they felt about the given issue, or personality, or politician, but that's gone. Why is that? Why did that happen? Over the last ten or eight years is when it's gotten really bad.
75% of this is on point. 25% thinks I'd be lying if I didn't occasionally cheer for Donald Trump to hit Jim Acosta with a steel chair.
It's okay if you want Trump to do the same. Even if it's metaphorical.
Where what you watch on television isn't as much informing you and making you think, it's making you feel and pissing you off more often than not, because that's what they do it's called 'cheap heat' in the wrestling business. It's easy, just like me coming out here and making fun of people. It's easy to get people to react to that kind of thing and a lot easier to get them to react to that than asking them to think. So that's what they do.
Biggest pet peeve during the 2016 election was when people said, "You're a wrestling fan. You should know what Donald Trump is doing." Now I'm supposed to be okay with the media using the exact same tactics against the entire country. If this were Being the ELITE or Becky Lynch was the one owning people on Twitter, it would cause all the warm feelings in all those warm places. Not so much in the real world. Save the crotch shots for the ring and not the press briefings.
At least pro wrestling admits it's scripted. If you call the media fake news, they cry and claim you're threatening their First Amendment rights. Before they're forced to correct five articles about Republicans which were factually wrong, some may even say fake. Which all happens even if internet users actually read past the headline of the article, instead of just relying on the misleading tweet, which social media managers purposely crafted to be misleading because they know liberal reporters will retweet it without actually clicking the article.
Lather, rinse, pull all your hair out and scream bloody murder.
Reporting has been replaced with hot take artistry. Case in point, how many articles were written about people complaining A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving was racist? Or complaining about people complaining? Or complaining about the people who are complaining about the people complaining? All based on the same seven tweets. Most of which I thought were just people being sarcastic, stupid, or reactionary.
Which is not to say we don't use emotion to get you to feel. The difference is we're a partisan blog and a comedy show. None of us are claiming to be reporters or journalists.