The US Has Become A Reality-Optional Society

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via,

The hysteria manufacturing business formerly known as the news media is enjoying multiple orgasms this morning in the outing of notoriously vulgar comedian Louis CK for exactly the sort of vulgar behavior offstage that he riffed about onstage. What a surprise.

We also learn today that Jeremy Piven, beloved and admired for his role as a bimbo-berating Hollywood agent in the HBO comedy Entourage, is alleged to have groped a starlet in his trailer. Or was he just doggedly staying in character between set-ups? And what was she doing there, anyway? Stopping by to share the everything bagel with jalapeño cream cheese that she picked up at craft services?

I suppose these guys will be joining Kevin Spacey in his new dinner theater in Tampa, since they’ll never work in Hollywood again, and surely they have bills to pay, especially to their lawyers.

Hollywood itself, being the vulgar place it has always been, must be nervously awaiting the inevitable next phase of this melodrama: when various actresses, and other women around the biz, are revealed to be sluts who screwed and blew their way to stardom — not to put too fine a point on it. Surely a few ladies out there have misbehaved in the way that ladies can, trading favors for fame and fortune — or do you suppose that never happens? Or only when men force them to? (Anyway, don’t count on hearing about that in The New York Times.)

Then the whole prurient cavalcade of cross-allegation and litigation will be as forgotten as a mass slaughter in Las Vegas, or Texas, or Lower Manhattan, and it will be back to business-as-usual in the news racket: nattering about contacts with Russia, a faraway land that, we’re told, is determined to corrupt the morals of our shining city on a hill.

The metamorphosis of the news business from a dignified and necessary component of the public interest to a gong and geek show is now complete. Some of you may remember that it used to be the task of news organizations to actually gather the news from far and wide. When Walter Cronkite came over the airways on CBS news, he “anchored” the revolving team of reporters in the field: we go to Marvin Kalb in Moscow… Fred Graham in Atlanta… Peter Kalischer in Paris… Lesley Stahl in New York…. Do you know what those people were doing? They were reporting the news on site, because it was important to actually be in the places where events were happening and talking to the people involved in them. And, by the way, do you think Marvin Kalb made contact with Russians? Or perhaps reported on other fellow Americans in contact with Russians? (And that was back in the Cold War, when Russia was run by the wicked Boris and Natasha).

Turn on Anderson Cooper on CNN these days and what do you get: “And now lets turn to our panel for analysis.” Our panel? Analysis? A gang of moonlighting kibitzers with an opinion about what might have actually happened in the world that day, which none of them have been busy actually reporting on. The transformation on the cable networks especially has been insidious. Not so distantly as the days of the Iraq War, CNN checked in every night with Christiane Amanpour, the last of the great foreign correspondents, roving about the Middle East. Do these so-called news organizations even employ any reporters anymore?

I don’t think so. Perhaps the most important story of the decade is the developing meltdown of governance and authority in Saudi Arabia and a Defcon Red level of potential for major war breaking out between them and Iran. How many reporters do the cable networks have in Riyadh today? What’s on CNN’s home page this morning? Boy dies after eating grilled cheese; Why men use masturbation to harass women; and the lead under their “Top Stories” banner: ‘Magnum, P.I.’ actor John Hillerman dies. Maybe you can find a clue in here why the USA has become a reality-optional society. Maybe it’s the American news media that actually has its dick in its hand.

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lasvegaspersona's picture

Tell Sofia I can arrange 'servicing' for crypto though FRNs or gold are preferred.

If her circuits ever need rewiring...I'm the guy.

GoyimUprising's picture

It's only scary to those who have lived in ignorance and built their castles upon the sand. 

Bemused Observer's picture

No, it's scary to anyone who understands what it means. And to anyone who understands what that phrase about the 'best laid plans of mice and men' means.


And remember, building one's castle upon the sand is only a problem when the beach gets washed out. If that is a rare occurence, then most of the time you'll be able to live in a castle on the beach...that may be a worthwhile trade-off. Put it this way, if I told you you could live for 364 days a year in a luxurious tropical paradise, but for that one last day you had to lose your luggage and sleep in a bus station, would that be a deal-breaker? Or might you think, "Well, that last day certainly IS inconvenient, but I suppose I could just suck it up for one day..."

lasvegaspersona's picture

And the barbarians are at the gate...don't forget them. Institutions we can survive without. Wild men with weapons running through the streets of Rome....whole different problem. Put aside some tribute for the marauders.

shovelhead's picture

Nah, It just looks that way if you want to wear Pollyanna rose tinted glasses.

Shining light on the scumbags is always a good idea even if it ruins preconcieved notions.

Any "Shining City on a Hill" is built on top of a sewer. You gotta expect some backups now and then and keep a plunger handy.

Bemused Observer's picture

There have always been those who 'shine the light' on scumbags, and yes, they are a good thing to have around, because people get busy and don't always notice the corruption around them. But people today are just as busy, and they seem perfectly willing to make the time for this. This isn't a few 'whistleblowers' blowing the shofar to alert the masses, this is the masses themselves piling on, willingly participating in the 'outings' and tear-downs via social media, even initiating some of them themselves.

That's what seems different to me about today. People don't usually want to destroy everything around them, if they suddenly DO, you must ask why.

adr's picture

It's because that damn three letter word that has shown to be the cause of nearly all strife is finally being noticed for what it is. 

Like when everyone thought the three letter man was successful, but then he turned out to be a fraud. 

NEWSFLASH!!! He's always a fraud, ALWAYS. 

Consuelo's picture



Paves the way for war and a 'beast' to save the world from it...

NiggaPleeze's picture


All of this is part and parcel of the (((Protocols))).  Interestingly it's the (((media))) bringing about these events.

Connect the dots.  The "end" is global tyrannical rule over the "useless eaters" (a term cointed by (((Kissinger))) for "goyim") from the (((Chosen Ones))) in (((Jerusalem))).  Centuries of planning in the balance.

shovelhead's picture

Bad news Jimmy.

The news has always been fake. It's just now they don't even try to hide it.

This attempt to make you think news was objective was just a small blip on the timeline of the mass media circus act.

Everybody is selling you what you want to hear for advertiser eyeballs.

Read some colonial newscopy. It's beautifully unapologetical slanted purple prose.

MrPalladium's picture

So true. Back in the day when Walter Kronkite announced the carefully selected establishment news, his unique value was his ability to signal, through his body language and facial expressions, how he felt about the news and how we, his audience, was therefore supposed to feel. He kept the peasants happy and quiet for a generation. 

Nick Jihad's picture

The news media are like ESPN - they have given up hope of retaining their mass audience, and trying harder to appeal to their core audience. That means "infotainment" instead of actual news, but who cares? Only idiots get their news from television.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

"the kingdom of God is within you"

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Oh, wait.  That was the " jalapeño cream cheese" typing. 

RougeUnderwriter's picture

We live in a modern day Tower of Babel

shovelhead's picture

I live on the ground floor.

I don't press 1 for English.

insanelysane's picture

We left reality when they successfully controlled the price of gold and silver with paper gold and paper silver.  Paper gold and paper silver are our new reality.

EnragedUSMCExpat's picture

Might be yours, but not ours. "Paper" gold does not exist in ASEAN, only the real thing here.

adr's picture

Wait, CNN Gulf War? 

The same CNN that green screened and faked their on the ground reporting during the Gulf War? That CNN? 

CNN was and is a propaganda outlet run by the CIA taking direction from Mossad. 

Come on you think Ted Turner the Captain Planet Man could create a giant news outlet? He got to play billionaire while the Anchor Jews pulled the strings. Just like Bezos and Zuckerfuck. 

EnragedUSMCExpat's picture

The CNN fake news frauds and CIA operatives will soon enough be sitting in the dock at The Hague War Crimes Tribunal, the geriatric psycho Amanpour the star attraction.

HoyeruNew's picture

in 1990, USA manufactured Reality by grooming the Kwaiti's daughter to go in front of UN and claim she was a nurse and she saw Iraqi solders take babies out of incubators and leave them to die on the cold hospital floor.

In 2001, USA manufactured reality once again by putting Colin Powell infront  of UN who lied and said Saddam had weapons of mass distraction.


Americans have been living in manifactured Reality for the last 30 years and not batting an eye.

Somehow this article isn't about THOSE leis but about Liberals once again.

Megaton Jim's picture

Thje USA has become a JEW-ED society!

redmudhooch's picture

Controlling the world's sources of news, Jews can always prepare the minds of people for their next move. The greatest exposure yet to be made is the way the news is manufactured and the way in which the mind of whole nations is molded for a purpose. When the powerful Jew is at last traced and his hand revealed, then comes the ready cry of persecution and it echoes through the world pres. The real cause of the persecution (which is the oppression of the people by the financial practices of the Jews) are never given publicity"

Henry Ford

May 1920

Masher1's picture

Boy, life inside the Tribeway is sure heating up, Popcorn, Check, Nice comfy seat Check. The new show is on the air!

thisguyoverhere's picture

Just so nausiating to listen to ANY news, talk radio or commentary on this stuff.

Hollywood has been a nest for deviants and moral degenerates since Charlie Chaplan.

NOTHING has changed. Same with DC, its a den of a different breed of moral degenerate,
and has been for along time.

Question is, 'Why disclose now?' Who will buy the studios cheap now? Netflix, Amazon and HULU

- so likely more Consolidation is on its way in film.

- likely these 'revelations' are HIGHLY orchestrated

shankster's picture

Dumbed-Down and Doped-up

shankster's picture

Hollywood and Wash DC are vile, corrupt, broken and worthless...bread and circuses to end soon serfs, very soon.

shankster's picture

Since 95% of Holly-Weird is dirty..does that mean no more movies? Hope so but I could care less.

redmudhooch's picture

Gotta love how the TV Ziospook media still completely ignores the truth about things like 9/11, JFK, Hitler, slavery and Vegas, all the other false flags.

Like if they don't say anything nobody will know. I guess they don't know that everyone has the internet. Politicians too.

Its getting really old. Looks like Trump is too chickenshit to go after the real enemy too. Still talking trash about Iran and Korea when Israel and Saudis are killing Americans here at home.

Not good.


Youri Carma's picture

As above so below, so Facebook now wants you to join the Lollywood slurry.

Facebook Now Wants Your Nude Photos

itstippy's picture

For indepth news and analysis I read The Onion.  For social and political commentary, it's Pearls Before Swine.  

For entertainment I read the latest Presidential Tweet and ensuing impassioned comments on ZeroHedge.

Drop-Hammer's picture

Wow, Higgins died?  That sucks.  I loved that guy's character.  Regards the rest of the post--  the jews did this.

pfwed's picture

'reality optional'? ... more like 'post-reality'

Kefeer's picture

Reporter: "Jesus, the Christ - what is your take on what is going on in the media and the United States of America?"

Jesus: "

Because they did not deem it an honorable thing to acknowledge God, My commands, or My people as their source of blessing, I gave them up to a debased or non-functioning mind to do what ought not to be done.  They are filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are filled with envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,  slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,  foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 

 In spite of knowing the righteous judgment and condemnation of GOD, for those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also anxiously approve of those who practice them.

Reporter: Well that is quite an indictment on the media and United States; how did the country become this way? 

Jesus: "You have ridiculed the absolute truth of My Word and called it moral pluralism. 

You have worshiped other gods and called it multi-culturalism. 

You have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle. 

You have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. 

You have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation. 

You have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. 

You have murdered innocent children and called it choice. 

You have neglected to discipline your children in the Lord and otherwise and called it building esteem. 

You have abused power and called it political savvy. 

You have coveted your neighbors' possessions and called it ambition. 

You have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. 

You have called what is good - evil and that which is evil you continually practice and call it good.

You have ridiculed the time-honored values of your God-fearing fore-fathers and called it enlightenment. 

Professing to be wise, you prove yourselves to be fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, And birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 

Reporter: That seems to be quite of list of indictments; what will be the future and is there any hope for the media and the United States?

Jesus: For the wages of sin, a thing that is earned, is eternal damnation, but I offer the free gift of salvation, for I came into the world to pay the sin penalty and paid them all with my blood.  However, I will not force a person to take that which is a gift, otherwise it is no longer a gift.  You must first recognize the need for forgiveness and recognize you have nothing of any value to redeem yourself from your sin burden, then ask and receive the gift and you will be forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness and be set free to enter in My kingdom, which is free from all immorality, a utopia in the vernacular.

Reporter: Why should anyone believe You?

Jesus:  Because unlike man; I cannot lie and I always tell the truth and My Father and the Spirit bear witness to the truth; I am the truth and in Me there is no darkness.  

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;  and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.  You are filled with darkness and the darkness cannot comprehend the light, but the law and the prophets were given to you and written before I came and they speak of me and the creation bears witness, but your foolish hearts are darkened so you cannot believe.