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Ordinary Rocketmen

This Week in the Narrative 84

Nigel Clarke

So, is Donald Trump going to win the Nobel Peace Prize?

That would be like… Russia winning the right to host two global events intended to represent peace, unity, and inclusiveness like the World Cup and the Olympics. Sh*t, so that happened.

The crux of it, of course, is North Korea. Last week, Trump met with Kim Jong-un at a summit in Singapore, the first time a sitting American President has met with a North Korean supreme leader in… ever. Should peace be negotiated between North and South Korea, Trump’s name will certainly be floated for a Nobel. More interesting will be the inevitable claims that Donald Trump is a more legitimate peace prize recipient than Barack Obama. Mmm, inflammatory.

The meeting between Trump and Kim was light on meat and potatoes, heavy on photo ops and Hollywood-style movie trailers. Many in the mainstream media, in near uniformity across the so-called “liberal” media, proclaimed North Korea had received everything they wanted — legitimacy, their flag flying next to the flag of the United States — while not officially agreeing to anything tangible.

“Kim had a great summit. And he didn’t even need to give anything away,” proclaimed CNN.

“Trump is being played by North Korea,” announced The Washington Post.

“Trump gave Kim everything he wanted, and got nothing in return,” blared The Hill.

It is perhaps true that North Korea got what they wanted out of the summit. It is also true that they agreed to very little in the way of immediately demonstrable concessions. Those able to look past the “bread and circuses” will recognize this.

However, the suggestion that Trump and his administration got “nothing” out of the summit reveals a fundamental and ongoing flaw in the mainstream media’s game.

Here is an exercise you can do. As you go about your day, casually ask the people you come across about “this whole Trump-North Korea thing.” I’m not talking about your like-minded friends or that activist or journalist you know. I’m talking about the guy serving you coffee, pumping your gas, delivering your mail, the woman with the small child standing in front of you in line, the guy bumming a smoke from you on the street.

I have done this over the past week, quite repeatedly and in two separate cities I happened to be in. The responses have been almost as uniform as the in mainstream media, except… the opposite.

People tell me they are almost excited for humanity for once, less worried they will be obliterated by nuclear bombs. They are, somewhat of a rarity in today’s climate, feeling hopeful.

This is, at the very least, what Trump received from the summit, a moment when swaths of regular people looked up and thought, “Hey, the President is doing a pretty good job.” — quite a bit more than “nothing,” as it turns out.

You might think these people are wrong. The mainstream media certainly does. Perhaps they are. But an opinion on their opinion does not change the reality they are experiencing.

The mainstream media said Trump had no chance to become President, because he had no chance among the intelligentsia. Similarly, they say he got nothing from the meeting with North Korea, because he got nothing for the intelligentsia.

Their lack of ability to consider how events might play in the reality of others outside this group is what makes their interpretations irrelevant.

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Written by Nigel Clarke

Nigel Clarke

Writer and notorious vagabond. From the frozen north. Follow Nigel on Twitter @Nig_Clarke.

Nigel Clarke is a Writer for Progressive Army.

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