Letter to Anderson Cooper

Good Morning Ted and Jody:

 

It has always amazed me how convoluted it is to send a letter or email to anyone.  The way they get to the recipient one never know for sure that they got to a human being, much less the intended recipient.  This morning I sent a note to Anderson Cooper, as a representative of CNN.  I suppose that letter is more news than any weather report.  So, I have attached it rather than the next episode of the Amanda Saga.

I did get out yesterday close to sunset and managed to find a picture.  20170112_162003 v1 email.jpg

I hope this finds you healthy and warm.

Warmest regards, Ed

Anderson Cooper

CNN News

 

Dear Mr. Cooper:

 

I recall an interview you did with Carly Fiorina around the time the Republican nomination was wrapping up.  In the interview, she complained about all the time you (read CNN) gave to Donald Trump in contrast to the time you (read CNN) gave her and the other nominee hopefuls.  I remember your reply.  Essentially you said he was available, he answered our calls and often you were unavailable.

Yesterday you did an interview with Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager in which she essentially diffed you.  Then too Mr. Trump refused to take a question from your colleague in his news conference calling CNN a fake news outlet. 

From the first-time Mr. Trump opened his mouth he has defined what the truth and the news is.  This is close to reality television; but, it even closer to the propaganda that Joseph Goebbels and his fellow Nazis perpetrated:  if you tell the big lie often enough, it will be believed despite all the evidence to the contrary.  I see a problem with your (read Main Stream Media) repeating his version of reality.

I am reminded of something that Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote about stupidity in his Letters and Papers from Prison . “The fact that the stupid person is often stubborn must not blind us to the fact that he is not independent. In conversation with him, one virtually feels that one is dealing not at all with him as a person, but with slogans, catchwords, and the like that have taken possession of him. He is under a spell, blinded, misused, and abused in his very being. Having thus become a mindless tool, the stupid person will also be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil. This is where the danger of diabolical misuse lurks, for it is this that can once and for all destroy human beings.”  It could very well be that Donald Trump is captured by his own misrepresentations.  It is certain that those who dote on him are captured by his latest slogans and view of reality.  It turns out if you read Bonhoeffer further you will find you cannot argue with stupidity for the catch words and their own beliefs in the lies prevent reason, evidence and logic from getting through.  So, presenting Trump’s distortions with “corrections” does not reach them.  There must be a better way than to feed the big lies.

I do not have an answer to handing this issue.  I would, however, suggest if Donald Trump tweets, that does not necessarily make it news unless you (read CNN) publish it.  I would also suggest that if he or his representatives and spokespeople want to misrepresent what you know to be the truth, stop giving them a platform for their misrepresentations.  Just because someone is available in the political realm, does not make them newsworthy.  And finally, giving him a platform because he is off the wall, available or demanding it, is not in democracy’s best interests, nor that of a free press.  God knows he has enough of a platform without the reality television aspects being replayed on news broadcasts.  Yes, he is about to be president.  As you must realize, the President only has the power that everyone allows him to have. Especially the media.

Mr. Trump’s actions of late show that he would censor you before you have a chance to ask.  His surrogates will lie and continue to fabricate and not even realize it.  Showing their lies is probably not the best strategy.    Their followers will not believe you.  The rest of your viewers already know.

Good luck,

 

T. Edward Westen

 

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4 Responses to Letter to Anderson Cooper

  1. beetleypete says:

    You make a good point about publicity. When does news cease to become information, and begin to serve the subject of the report? Certainly Trump’s Twitter activity would only be seen by his followers, but the news media (even here in the UK) insists on reporting all of his rantings as if they constitute ‘news’.
    People often say he is stupid. I disagree, for he really knows how to play this game.

    The snowy sunset worked very well. Our snow was here and gone again within three hours. But I didn’t mind that.

    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • Thank you. I am glad you liked the sunset photo.
      I would not assert the man is stupid. However, he does a good job of appearing to be a self-centered, self-important, opinionated bully and narcissist. Unfortunately, he was what, in America, is called a Reality TV Star. That means he has to maintain a public persona that is exactly as you see him in all his tweets, utterances, denials and bullying or lose his identify and followers, fans and others who seem to need his view of the world to validate their perceived failures. He in turn appears to need the adoration of those followers, fans and fellow travelers. Those fans, flowers and the like are the ones who have decided to accept his view rather than think for themselves. Hence, they are the stupid ones. Stupidity here is a willful choice to be ignorant and disregard any empirical, logical or other evidence that is contrary to what one has chosen to be ignorant about. As Bonhoeffer has asserted, one cannot argue with stupidity and people who are stupid are much more dangerous than those who are evil.
      Everyone likes a good show. That is largely how Trump ended up being president-elect. He bamboozled the press and all the opposition into accepting him as legitimate. But to be fair to his opponents, they were playing a political game where as Trump was playing a ratings and showman’s game. By the time he was the Republican nominee, there were signs the media was beginning to figure out that Trump was exactly like he presented himself. A bit too late for the election cycle. Now, it is incumbent on the Media and all thinking people to find a strategy to minimize the showman’s impact on the world, much less the US. I do hope the journalists finally figure out a way to handle the onslaught of tweets, absurdities and the like and stop supporting him as legitimate. He isn’t. He also isn’t stupid. If he is evil, evil will be found out. Unfortunately, I suspect he is exactly what he portrays himself to be an American Television Realty Star. I pray for the rest of us.
      Warmest Regards, Theo

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  2. That is a lovely photo, the streak of sunlight on the snow makes it special. I think we’re all dreading the next 4 years.

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  3. Thank you. I did enjoy that shot.
    Yes, I suspect the world will hold its collective breath for the full four years. I know I will.
    Warmest regards, Ed

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