Grinsane stands with the more than 300 newspapers and media outlets who today are denouncing Trump’s attacks on the press (long-standing source of many cartoons!)
ATTACKING THE PRESS: TRUE HORROR
Freedom of Speech is messy business. To have the freedom to say anything, one of our greatest freedoms in this country, you have to put up with others saying things you don’t want to hear. This is true whether you publish a newspaper, make movies, write books, or draw cartoons. Currently, Freedom of Speech is under attack from both sides of the political spectrum, but the position of power held by the President of the United States makes it particularly dangerous when the attacks come from him.
Donald Trump started his Presidency by exaggerating the crowd size at his inauguration, for which he was corrected by the press, and it’s been a non-stop battle ever since. The Washington Post now has a list of over 4000 lies and half truths told by the President. So when the President accuses the press of lying or Fake News it seems like a classic deflection strategy of accusing others of doing exactly what one is doing oneself.
But even more sinister than Trump spreading lies are his followers feeding on them like food pellets. Not all Trump supporters are cast from the same mold of course — when it comes to choosing a President in the United States, you get two choices, which isn’t exactly a lot of options. But those lies must really taste good to some of them. To put on a Red Hat and rally in stadium for a man who not only shears the truth but pumps his own product full of fear and hatred is almost beyond comprehension. It speaks to a larger horror, which is the capacity of humans to believe anything, no matter how absurd, and then to wear a funny hat about it.
That’s where the Nurse comes in. Have you found this particular Easter egg while playing Silent Hill? Follow the purple bubbles to the secret room in Brookhaven. One can only hope that the Enema of Truth eventually rises up from the nether regions of these fluffy white creatures and reaches their bovid brains to neutralize all that Trump junk.
Keep the press free, and your own mind, too! Even if you support Trump, please denounce his attacks on the media.
Check in next week for more horror comedy cartoons (and no politics).