Last Friday on the Bill Maher HBO show “Real Time” writer Andrew Sullivan boldly told MSNBC host Ari Melber that he works for a propaganda company, according to Blaze Media.
The comment was made amid a discussion on Donald Trump’s impact on American democracy. Sullivan asserted that Democrats who attack Trump are eroding American democracy.
Sullivan said to the political correspondent: “What the Democrats have done the last four years, which is respond to Trump by going even further to the left, means that we are losing the legitimacy of the system.”
Sullivan then warned, “When you lose that core legitimacy, you lose your democracy — that’s where we are really going to lose our democracy because we don’t believe in it anymore.”
Sullivan asserted that media bias is driving Americans to distrust “all the institutions” and to support “a strongman” like Trump.
Sullivan added he predicts Trump will soundly defeat President Joe Biden in November.
Melber responded in response by telling Sullivan that he made “fair points,” though he criticized Sullivan for sounding “a little bit both-sides-y.”
Melber acknowledged problems with the Democratic Party’s “overreaction to Trump.” However, the MSNBC host minimized Sullivan’s charges, claiming, “There’s not equivalence here.”
There isn’t a both-sides-ism to this decay, and what Trump does — and I agree at times he may draw his opponents into messy dumb feuds — but he is the one banking on a cynicism, an attack on democracy, and a complete rejection of the policy-democracy that you want because they didn’t even have a platform.
So he’s saying, it’s just me. You don’t even know what I’m going to do. Just vote for me. No platform. And you’ve got a whole Republican Party that’s basically codifying that.
Sullivan quipped that Melber’s response illustrated the problems with media platforms like MSNBC.
“You know what would be good at MSNBC is if you actually did think about both sides and weigh the arguments and make constructive arguments against that side while respecting them,” Sullivan charged.
“You don’t do that — it’s propaganda all the time!” he added.
Blaze Media noted that though Melber took exception with Sullivan’s assessment, his points “hold true for most of MSNBC and the legacy media in the eyes of a majority of Americans,” according to a recent polling.
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