Seems that The Global Elite Left just LOVES to shower themselves and their friends with various sorts of self-praise and strokes. (“Mental Masturbation”? Official Honors Onanism? One will refrain from references to the “gold” so bestowed in said “shower”…) Even a nominal Republican will be “honored”, just so long as they are committed to The Agenda.
In France, Hollande, on his way out the door as one of the lesser lights of Socialism and not very well liked, has awarded the Highest Honor In France to Arnold Schwarzenegger for his “environmental work”. Well, last I looked Arnie was busier boffing his Maid and losing his marriage over it when he got caught, then largely evaporating from public view. Well, not entirely gone, he does bad commercials for a video war game using his well-over-used tag lines… But hey, what could be more “progressive” than knocking up your maid, lying to your spouse, and then getting an award for your highest and greatest achievement that nobody noticed; that being to support a political agenda founded also on lies.
I weep for the Legion Of Honor, that it is now muddied by the likes of Hollande giving it to folks like Arnold for being either an idiot, or a liar, or potentially both; but having enough (fading) name recognition to get the story covered on Reuters…
The Roku version of Reuters is interesting. It has a format that lets you watch a summary of the news in your choice of 10, 15, or 30 minutes. I was curious what the difference actually was, in detail. Same stories but shorter? More coverage of some events? Different stories? So today I watch both the 15 and the 30 versions. (Yesterday I did the 10 and 15). Well, the Arnold story only showed up in the 30 minute segment. Not that big a deal, I guess. They add a few stories, re-run a couple from the short form from prior days, and that’s about it.
(Web searches for the Arnold story turned up a painfully formatted Daily Mail story – clearly designed for Windoz browsers so not long for my Arm Chip Screen; and a site in India. Maybe more will accumulate over time, but it isn’t a big story globally. So what I learned was that Reuters loves to wheedle in a “Progressive Left” bias. I’d noticed this on other days and other coverage, but this is a clear example. They generally are subtle about it, mostly being in what is left out; but on the weekends it is more blatant. I suspect their weekend editor is a younger more liberal person straight out of college, based on the more evident bias; not that the bias is missing mid-week, just better hidden. The weekend guy can’t resist some snark in the stories and some insults ‘to the person’, especially Trump, sometimes via ‘faint praise’ but often via snide asides and pejorative adjectives.)
Their web site insists on tossing me into their “mobile” version. Probably sensing the ARM chip CPU and leaping to conclusions. But I’m on a desktop machine… Oh Well, I don’t need to visit it… (Eventually folks will realize that Raspberry Pi and other ARM based boards are revolutionizing the desktop as well as the mobile world. I’ll wait…) But here it is, even if you will need to search:
Here’s the story from the other source that popped to the top of a web search. (Clearly the “Pump and Promote Progressive Agenda” teams have not got to work on it at the search engines yet…)
Francois Hollande awards medal to Arnold Schwarzenegger
Saturday 29 April 2017 Yesterday
PARIS: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was awarded the Legion d’Honneur, one of the highest awards in France. The star received the honor in recognition of his efforts in environmental work and was presented the award by French President Francois Hollande. The ceremony took place at the Élysée Palace in Paris, where Schwarzenegger officially became a chevalier of the Legion of Honor. “Thank you, President Francois Hollande, for making me a Commander of the order of the Legion of Honor for my environmental work,” Schwarzenegger posted on his Twitter account, along with a picture capturing the special moment.“You are a champion for a clean energy future and your effort made COP21 a success,” he continued in another Twitter post. “I look forward to working together on the follow through.” It was a busy day for the Terminator action man who flew out from Los Angeles earlier this week.The former governor of California met the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.The Legion d’Honneur, founded by Napoleon in 1802 as an order of merit, is awarded to military and civilian personnel for distinguished service to France, but is not exclusively awarded to French citizens.
So there you have it. There is NOTHING that can’t be sullied by The Agenda and trodden into the mud in the process. Not the Nobel Prize. Not the Legion. All in a vain attempt to gather to themselves the shadow of the real honor displayed by the real heroes with real “distinguished service”.
There is a truth I learned in MBA Marketing Class: You can use a celebrity endorser to sell your product. It only works for a limited time, as their good reputation gets worn down trying to raise the reputation of your product. Over time, the product moves up a little, and they will need to be replaced when their reputation is worn out.
IMHO that is exactly the same process at work with the Politicized Awards.
You can strut down the red carpet runway, grab your crotch and feel the tingle as you hoist your “award” high, get the approval of those who don’t matter for things that were of no real value, and feel really really important for your 15 minutes. In the long run, the reality and the truth come out. The award becomes uninteresting and the people “move on”. Every year, ever fewer folks watch the Emmys and the Academy Awards. Why? Because they have become Glitterati PC Adoration. It is no longer about finding which films were actually decent movies well made, it has become about who can do Virtue Signaling to the Progressive Left the most visibly. That just drives away the audience who actually cares about good film more than politicized PC Crap. Politicizing American Football (with ‘the knee’) has singlehandedly driven ESPN from one of THE most profitable properties in entertainment into the category of “stone around the neck” of Disney as it became a profit drag ( I know I’m not going to watch it. The Roku has some very nice local sport from all over the planet. Folks who care about The Game and play it with heart.)
It really is that simple. As the Progressive Left has pushed to parasitize, politicize, and bend to their ends every single possible organization, they simply drive that organizational reputation and audience lower. Attempting to raise their own status with controlling the “awards” process, just shows the awards to be political and not merit awards. Those of us uninterested in Political Street Theatre and managed Social Displays “move on” to other things.
In related news:
Trump ditched the Obligatory Roast with the Name Names of the Glitterati of Media and skipped the press dinner / roast. It was amusing to watch them all dressed up to impress and with nobody but themselves to notice… Trump instead attended a rally with The Deplorables, where he proceeded to label CNN and MSNBC as “Fake News”. In one simple move, he told most of America “We Matter” and that the Glitterati can go suck up to themselves… (Award show at 11…)
This is why Trump is skipping the Correspondents’ Dinner
By Marisa Schultz
February 26, 2017 | 1:14pm
WASHINGTON – President Trump won’t attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner because he wasn’t elected to “pretend” to like reporters, a Trump aide said Sunday.
“I think it’s kind of naive of us to think that we can all walk into a room for a couple of hours and pretend that some of that tension isn’t there,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC’s “This Week.”
Sanders compared Trump’s open hostility with the press to getting egged.
“One of the things we say in the South [is] if a Girl Scout egged your house, would you buy cookies from her? I think that this is a pretty similar scenario,” Sanders said.
So Dear Glitterati: y’all can go sit in a room and insult yourselves. Trump has important folks to talk with… Those of us with no Legion Medal, no Nobel PC Prize, no $10,000 suits and dresses. Just a dumb ol’ red hat, some well worn overalls, and a vote.
Mr. Trump: You have won a very high honor with this move. The trust and appreciation of millions. You need anything, just call.