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Trump Derangement Syndrome hastens the death of good story-telling

Written By | Jul 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2017 — Fake news, as currently constituted, centers almost entirely on Russians colluding with associates and family members of a New York real estate magnate for the purpose of denying a corrupt and craven political creature the highest office in the land.

One who began her career as a sleazy attorney working for a southern law firm right out of a John Grisham novel.

Donald Trump Jr. with his president father.

And hardly a day goes by without one of these major fake news organizations releasing questionably sourced stories recounting how President Trump or members of his family met with, or briefly passed in a corridor, Russians or persons with Russian-sounding names.

The election of Donald Trump has been a hard pill for the guardians of America’s cultural left to swallow. After all, didn’t CBS create the evening television drama “Madame Secretary,” in which Secretary of State Tea Leoni extols the virtues of “girl power” for all the world? Wasn’t that an adequate burnishing of Clinton’s bonafides?

And didn’t the media provide story after story of how Republican primary voters would never allow Donald Trump to be their party’s standard-bearer over the much beloved, well-financed and “electable” Jeb Bush?

Didn’t they tell us the GOP establishment had a viable plan to deny Trump the nomination during the Republican Party National Convention assembled in Cleveland, Ohio?

Didn’t they also provide poll after poll showing the general election was in the bag, as were a majority of the media, for Mrs. Clinton?

CNN calls the 2016 presidential election for Donald Trump.

These folks will never admit that things really began to shift shortly after Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009. He did promise to “fundamentally change” the United States of America, and change it did.

Under his transformative leadership, Democrats lost 1,042 state and federal legislative seats, as well as a majority of governorships.

And Clinton did not help her cause when during the 2016 presidential campaign she said, “I am a proud defender of President Obama.”

And so, conspiracy theories about Russian “influence” on U.S. elections or their “collusion” with American sympathizers are preferable to the shattering reality that Donald Trump’s election as president was representative of a continuing national trend away from unhinged Democrats.

We can’t all be colluding with Moscow.

But America’s rejection of Democrats has pushed the guardians of the cultural left into a violent fantasy world of their own making, like those who turned a production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” into a Trump assassination reverie, with D-list comedian Kathy Griffin photographed holding a facsimile of Trump’s severed and bloodied head.

Image courtesy of Shakespeare in the Park –

Among the journalistic set, Hillary Clinton’s defeat, coupled with a steep drop in their post-election credibility, has inspired one reporter to reject disappointing reality for a happier one of her own making, helping push the evolution of fake news into a truely pathetic form of wishful thinking.

“Hillary Clinton sits behind the resolute desk in the Oval Office,” begins a piece written by Newsweek’s Never, Never Land correspondent Chris Riotta. After the President Clinton of Riotta’s fevered imagination leads Republicans in saving Obamacare, she tells “senior adviser Huma Abedin” she “won’t be taking any more calls… I want to look through these Russian sanctions one more time. Tell Bill not to wait up for me.”

This fantasy story’s major believability problem isn’t feckless congressional Republicans working to save Obamacare or the image of Madam President putting final touches on sanctions for the very Russians that enriched the bank accounts of husband Bill and that of her crime family’s foundation.

Rather, it’s the description of Bill Clinton as a needy house husband staying up late, waiting for the little woman to come home to the warmth of their sacred marriage bed.

Trump derangement syndrome is proving a profound detriment to good, credible storytelling.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.