The media are too blind to see they’ve failed America. Instead, they are too busy pointing fingers at President Trump, accusing him of delegitimizing the media, when they’ve been illegitimate for a long time. So, how odd it is that a liberal Hollywood actress has to call them out for not doing their job.
Susan Sarandon delivered the fatal blow to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes during his Wednesday evening show All In. Hayes was more than excited to have his own kind on the show so they could have a Bash Trump Party, but Sarandon wasn’t having it. Not that she didn’t bash Trump -- she did to be sure -- but she wasn’t interested in engaging in chatter about how he won. She knows the path that led to Trump; she said it before on Hayes’s program back in early 2016: “If you think it is pragmatic to shore up the status quo right now, then you are not in touch with the status quo. The status quo is not working.”
After Hayes had played that clip, he asked the actress if she still believes Trump was a better choice for the country than Hillary Clinton. Sarandon, a Bernie Sanders surrogate and vehement anti-Clintonite, doubled down, nearly repeating her year-old comment: “If you are not in touch with the status quo, you are going to lose. I mean, if you’re arguing for shoring up the status quo when America is asking for change, you are going to have a difficult time.”
But this wasn’t satisfactory for Hayes. He needed to know if Sarandon “properly appreciated” how bad Trump has been in the first 24 days of the presidency. The actress became annoyed:
“I absolutely feel that analyzing and spending time and energy talking about blaming people or who made mistakes or what should have happened, is really wasting your time and energy.”
“What we have now is a populace that is awake,” the actress added.
Hayes pressed, hoping to steer the conversation back to his greater point that Trump is, well, a cotton-headed ninny-muggins or something equally hideous.
That’s about the point at which Sarandon snapped and began crushing Hayes’s delicate sensibilities:
“I mean, you’re a journalist, you consider yourself a journalist, right?”
That almost offended the MSNBC host, but he answered in the affirmative, assuring he spends “15 hours a day covering what’s going on.” Sarandon had a follow-up question: “So, how many hours did you spend on Standing Rock?”
“Not very much,” he answered.
“So, what we need from you is to allow people to understand what is happening,” Sarandon said.
The interview ramped up from there, as did the tension. Hayes continued to reach for criticisms of Trump’s performance as president and Sarandon leveled him once more:
“Can you look me in the eyes and tell me you are doing your job to cover these issues completely? We don’t need to have a conversation about my imagination about where Trump was going to be.”
That certainly offended Hayes, who retorted, “Excuse me, I spend all day covering things, okay?” (So, there!)
Of course, Sarandon’s essential argument was that journalists should be covering stories from the perspective of her radical environmental agenda against pipelines, etc. but she made a salient point about how the media is swirling in a frenzy of its own disbelief that Trump actually made it to the White House. It’s time to move on and actually, do journalism. Even Hollywood wants it.
Watch the tense exchange below, where you can watch Hayes’s face practically stay stunned like this the entire time: