Two cable television stations performed a public service on the last and first day of the new year. AMC, for twenty four hours ran a Three Stooges marathon. Cartoon Network as its introduction to the new year broadcast a marathon of Looney Tunes cartoons. There was no better journalism or capture of the zeitgeist than those broadcasts.
The Stooges, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny are all emblems of the age, along with Barack Obama.
We first coined The Age Of Fake on January 23, 2009. Obama was in office for two days and it was obvious back then that Fake was the Age we lived in. Here’s why we first called this The Age of Fake:
The age of contempt for experience and adoration of fake change and fake hope, exemplified by Barack Obama, is here.
The fake hope and the fake change are poses struck by a fake Democrat and fake president. The age of fake was introduced by the fake music that was played at the fake inaugural with its fake oath.
The Age of Fake had its heralds. The Age of Fake was in the making for years. Barack Obama however is the culmination of all that is fake. The fake hammer-on-heads comedy of the Three Stooges has nothing on the flim-flam steal and deal antics of Chicago’s Barack.
The cartoon antics of Looney Tunes are modern day America in the Obama Age of Fake. Can anyone deny that the “balloon boy” charade of last year was not a plot line from a cartoon script? It turned out that balloon boy was all a ruse to scam a contract for a “reality show”. Reality is now a cartoon and “reality shows” nothing but a fake. It’s fake on fake.
Eminem’s (in reality a man named Marshall Mathers) outrage when an invented character named “Borat” fell onto him, bare buttocks touching Em’s face, we now know was scripted outrage. It was cartoonish fake characters outraged over a fake incident in which broadcaster MTV participated in the fake. It was Looney Tunes come to America.
So fake is the fakery in the Age of Fake that Norman Lear, the great liberal, attacked CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NBC, ABC and CBS regarding the “balloon boy” story. Lear attacked the broadcasters for “creating a climate that mistakes entertainment for news.” Lear thundered that the climate created by the fake news broadcasters, “all but seduces a Richard and Mayumi Heene into believing they are — even if what they dream up to qualify is a hoax — entitled to their 15 minutes.” Lear launched his attack however at the fake progressive Huffington Post, with their fake Arriana and fake intellectuals, and love for the fake Obama.
But the massive frauds of “balloon boy”, “reality” shows, and “Borat” are nothing compared to the “balloon boy” in the White House. Obama’s cartoon antics and looney tunes budgets and spending priorities are the script for the Age of Fake. “Debt is the problem, so spend more”, says Obama. “Health care is a problem, so make cuts to Medicare”, says Obama. Only a cartoon could capture the cartoon fake which is Obama: “The only way to get out is to go in….The only way to save is to spend…The only way to help is to hurt…” The Fakes are in charge.
In the waning days of 2008, as Caroline Kennedy faked her way forward, SEIU financial scandals were revealed, Judas Bill Richardson found himself in hot water, and Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was revealed as less than a “reformer”, Time magazine named Barack Obama as its Man of the Year. That December we made the connection between the con man named Barack Obama and the financial fraud Bernard Madoff. We wrote then,
It’s been a big year for flim-flam con artists. Barnard Barack Madoff Obama. It’s been a year of something for nothing. It’s been a year when Hopium became the drug of choice. The scams have been many.
Bernard Madoff flim-flammed billions. Obama flim-flammed trillions and promises to flim-flam trillions more.
Democrats used to denounce flim-flams but that was only in the days of “Mission Accomplished” George W. Bush. Now we get fake surprise from fake Democrats about the fake who is one of their own.
He’s more like George W. Bush that you thought
Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration time and time again on the campaign trail in 2008. But in 2009, he suddenly found a surprising number of ways to agree with his predecessor.
Obama initially invoked Bush-ian logic in rejecting a watchdog group’s request for a list of health care executives who had meetings at the White House — sounding a lot like the Bush administration fighting to keep its energy task force meetings secret. The Obama White House relented in part after being sued and released the names of several executives. Since then, Obama has begun to regularly release details on many of the people who visit the executive mansion.
On the campaign trail, Obama also bashed the Bush administration’s 2003 deal with the pharmaceutical industry that blocked the government from negotiating prices with the nation’s drug makers. But during the summer, his administration gave the drug makers the same deal if they’d back his health care plan.
And the president continued his George W. Bush impression when he announced a “surge” of forces in Afghanistan — just as Bush had done in Iraq just over two years earlier.
It was all a fake. It is also a fake to pretend we did not know that it was a fake. It’s fake on top of fake in the Age of Fake.
Happy New Year!