As much as the mainstream media would like to portray the issues of the day in simply, black and white, A and B sort of terms, the truth is often far more nuanced than this.
For instance, when we look at the American political spectrum, the infotainment industry finds it advantageous to split us right down the middle. This breeds conflict, of course, which is a mainstay in the diet of the mainstream machine, as it creates contentious situations that look good on film and in print.
In this false dichotomy, the left side of the political spectrum is believed to be the more compassionate, kinder, and gentler hemisphere, while the right is often depicted as cruel, utilitarian, and ultimately mathematical.
Democratic candidate for President Marianne Williamson embodies this idea almost too well, seeing as her background is not in politics, but rather in self-help and spirituality.
But even Williamson is learning that the media’s phony split is just for show.
In an audio recording released from an interview last week, Williamson sounded off on the hostility she has faced from the political left.
“What does it say that Fox News is nicer to me than the lefties are? What does it say that the conservatives are nicer to me?… It’s such a bizarre world,” Williamson said. “You know, I’m such a lefty. I mean, I’m a serious lefty, but they’re so… I didn’t think the left was as mean as the right, they are.”
After expressing frustration about the release of the clip, Williamson clarified that it was how she felt on “that day” and expected that she knew running for president wouldn’t be a “walk in the park.” She added how Republicans “don’t have to be attacking” her during a Democratic primary while other Democrats “are working for other candidates.”
Of course, Williamson could simply be falling for the oldest trick in the book, where your political opposition props up the more ridiculous pieces of the competition in order to tarnish the reputation of the democratic party as a whole.
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