Previously I quoted Chuck Todd & Co. brooding over our "cynical environment" in this "cynical age," without benefit, as is journalistically customary, of explanatory causation. Yes The Times They Are a-Cynical--how odd, it's the damnedest thing, we all wonder why--pretty accurately summarizes The Todd Report on our cynical age.
That's one reason why: a news-media establishment that's disgracefully uninterested in just how we got to this wretched abyss of cynicism. Knowing the how of cynicism is 90 percent of overcoming the it of cynicism, otherwise "it" really is just one of those damnedest things. But Todd & Co. can't be bothered.
Permit me. In a word, Benghazi. Or if you like, Obamacare as slavery, or maybe birtherism, or Obama's runaway deficits! and unprecedented spending, or the IRS, or fast and furious gunwalking, or, wouldn't you know it, Black Panther! voter intimidation, funded by ACORN. Take your pick. One's as valid as another. But let's go with Benghazi today, because today we are, naturally, back yet again to Benghazi.
Darrell Issa, "It’s disturbing, and perhaps criminal, that these documents were kept from the public"; Rep. Jason Chaffetz, "We have a major, major scandal"; Lindsey Graham, this email is a "smoking gun"; and John Boehner, the "White House has gone to extraordinary lengths to mislead, obstruct, and obscure what actually took place."
They all, all of them, positively vomit cynicism, to which the public is tuned in just enough to tune it the fuck out, leaving said public hopelessly mired in another kind of cynicism they can't quite put their finger on. From where did all this madness come? Why are they--the amorphous they--always screaming about some compound in North Africa when we--the amorphous we--can't get a pay raise or raise the friggin' house payment?
So is it a wonder?--all this cynicism? Is it a wonder that Benghazi, or Obamacare or the IRS, or rather Benghazi and Obamacare and the IRS and all the other cynically depraved GOP madness have resulted in ... an age of cynicism? And is there even the slightest question whence the public's cynicism came?