With Michael Bloomberg placing his campaign on halt, he’s effectively out of the running. However, the heavy-handed former New York City mayor is going to leave his anti-Trump attack ads running. Why? Well, he spent over $500 million on them- and he wants to get his money’s worth.
The ads are pretty standard fare, for the most part, painting Bloomberg as a hard-working champion of the people and taking the occasional baseless swipe at Trump. It has to be said that at least Bloomberg’s ads weren’t full of cheesy pop culture clips like Biden’s are. Bloomberg’s ads give him credit for the city’s recovery after the attacks of 9/11. That’s a claim that might have some people grimacing with doubt after seeing the morbid, negative-space-black-cube memorial that stands where the towers fell. Although, Bloomberg would have been hard-pressed to make more of a mess out of NYC than Bill de Blasio has.
Other Bloomberg ads attempt to portray the former candidate as a better solution for the economic needs of the people than Trump. It’s a smart angle to take because it is, after all, all about jobs and the economy. But it’s insulting to think that someone who held a major political office for three terms could or would do what only President Trump has done — creating real jobs for real people that lead to real prosperity.
The real people of this country and informed voters know better. That’s why Bloomberg is dropping out. But what we’re learning from this is that people don’t believe everything they see on TV anymore, and that’s exactly what the Bloomberg ad campaign was. It was an out of touch billionaire spamming the legacy airwaves with a message that voters have already proven they know to be untrue.
We are reminded of the New York Times’ moment of clarity in November of 2016 when they printed an apology and a promise to get better. The mainstream propaganda machine had not only failed to predict the outcome of the election, but it also refused to report on relevant facts. Instead, they insisted on pushing a false narrative in the hopes that it would make that narrative become true. That’s the same reason Hollywood is named after the wood that is traditionally used to make magic wands. It’s about making the fictional become reality.
But what the wing-nut media, Hollywood, and disconnected elitists like Bloomberg fail to understand is, only weak-minded followers believe what they are selling. Now, even after abandoning his shot at the White House, he’s still running his ads.
People who are paying attention don’t like heavily edited, emotionally pleading, political ads. They correctly see them as disingenuous. Today, people get their news from Internet commentators who talk into a camera and edit lightly if at all — commentators who have little motivation to lie.
Today’s voter is listening to people who pay attention and tell the truth as close as they can discern it. The time for lies is over. It sounds funny, but could it be that 2020 is the year of 2020 vision?