Narcissists don’t just prey on your weaknesses.
They prey on your hopes... and then turn them into weaknesses.
No, they find your heartbeat. They find what you most want or need and then they exploit it.
They find that thing you most wish were true and they use it to asphyxiate you with your own hopes.
If you’re looking for a way to vent your fear and anger and resentment, they’ll find you a culprit.
...and then they tunnel away at their host until there is nothing left to rob from them.
The chilling part isn’t the plain meaning. The chilling part is the subtext.
He had found the things the press - and the people in it - most desire.
He found the vein.
I fear he is not wrong.
Trump saw his desire and preyed upon it.
It’s not. The single greatest defense is an EFFECTIVE press.
It is the Reality TV of reporting and Trump knows it.
It substitutes cultivation of sources and research and hard work for proximity and a tape recorder.
In reality, Schmidt just got strangled right out of even attempting to do his job by a boa constrictor who turned his wishes into weakness.
We need an effective press.
They play a critical role if we are to survive this...
...but as of right now, the snake is encircling the rabbits while the rabbits self-congratulate and back-slap for having played right into the predator’s hands.
Democracy isn’t murdered in an isolated alley by a single gunshot.
It is strangled in bright light in full view of a public unrealizing of the danger.
It is possible to watch a cable network while relentlessly railing against its mistakes.
It is no longer enough to merely be disappointed with uncorrected falsehoods in interviews.
We can’t take this anymore.
We fight for what we need from the press or we lose.
It’s that simple. It’s that serious.