“As far as I’m concerned it’s a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.” Hunter S. Thompson, 1958
We can probably safely assume Hunter Thompson would have loathed Donald Trump as much as he did Richard Nixon, but his comment on the state of journalism, from his cover letter for a job application in 1958, is remarkably descriptive of the state of journalism today. Thompson later invented the term “Gonzo journalism” (1970) to describe his own preferred style, a style without objectivity and in which the reporter is often part of the story. If he were alive today, he would likely be shocked, maybe even pleased, at how gonzo journalism, in one form or another, is the order of the day, especially at CNN. The cable network spends most of its twenty-four hours on the air smearing President Trump in every way conceivable. MSNBC does the same. But CNN has jumped the shark to pure gonzo reporting. These past few days CNN talked about CNN all day long.
So offended by the seconds-long gif showing Trump beating on a man whose head is a CNN logo, the left, not only those at CNN, lost their minds. The gif was and remains funny, a simple obvious attempt at humor by some anonymous person who, like millions of others, spends his or her days creating clever posts for one purpose or another. This one took a bit of ten-year old video at a WWE event (which everyone knows is staged) and superimposed the CNN logo on Vince McMahon’s head. Suddenly, the same people who were not bothered by Kathy Griffin’s beheaded Trump stunt, the nightly assassination of Trump at Shakespeare in the Park, the near assassination of a Republican Congressman by a radicalized Bernie Sanders supporter, or the constant stream of venom hurled at Trump all day every day on or in nearly every news outlet, are shocked and horrified at the gif’s “call for violence against reporters”! Trump did not create the gif, he just retweeted it but at CNN, this is cause for impeachment, a sign of his mental instability. These pathetic creampuffs seem to actually be afraid for their lives! On this score, Hunter Thompson might have leapt to Trump’s defense; he would have appreciated his renegade style, his tweets. He never had any respect for mainstream journalists.