The sad reality of the “news” business is that it’s all business and not a whole lot of news.

You see, the entertainers took over years ago.  Their sensationalism and their egos fueled viewers, and enraged them.  They stuck around through commercial breaks to see what sort of punches would be landed by the next guest, helping these infotainment megaliths pay the bills.

And so, when the nation is in trouble, these outlets reap the benefit of a scared or angry audience, hungering to make sure that they are safe, or, at the very least, that they are on the right side of the issue.

With a predilection for pandemonium, it was probably only a matter of time before somebody jumped the shark, but there weren’t too many folks guessing that it would be Tiffany Cross on MSNBC doing the jumping. 

“You have millions of people tuning into a propaganda network every night,” Cross outlined. “And then, as if that were not bad enough, that’s an extremist network itself, you have these fringe pop-up outlets from OAN to Newsmax, then you have the social media component. That train has left the station. There is no let’s deal with the rhetoric. At this point, I do think we have to have serious conversations around preparing for actual violence.”

And then…

She added, “People keep saying a civil war is coming — I would say a civil war is here. And I don’t mean to be hyperbolic. We can look at what has happened just in the past week alone since all this has happened. We’ve had two people try to declare war with FBI field offices. I don’t think, at this point, we’re going to pack up our bags and go home and sing kumbaya. So, from a law enforcement angle, what would you recommend the infrastructure of the country do? Because not everybody has the security of Capitol Hill.”

The absurd comment is not only an obvious PR stunt, but it’s ridiculous to think that MSNBC believed that they’d even have the clout to make that kind of a declaration.


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