First of all, kudos to the Daily Beast. They have a huge readership and they did not choose to share the video that I’m going to share with you here. They only reported on it. They didn’t fall for OAN’s and Forgatio Blow’s obvious ploy, which was to get a lot of eyeballs on this travesty.
I chose to put it here for a couple of reasons: Unless this piece you’re reading goes viral and I seriously doubt it, (we haven’t had a piece go “viral” since May of 2020) whatever views it gets on this platform will be negligible. But the second and more important reason is that I want you to see the “news” channel, namely OAN, show its true colors. It’s right-wing entertainment/propaganda time. They are no more doing the news over there than we are performing brain surgery over here, the difference being we don’t pose as a neurosurgery clinic, and they do pose as a news channel.
Here’s the Daily Beast’s description:
That cringe-inducing pro-Trump rap video starring multiple One America News hosts has left staffers at the little-watched cable outlet deeply embarrassed, multiple sources told Confider. MAGA rapper Forgiato Blow teamed up with the far-right conspiracy-laden channel’s top star Dan Ball for the “Real America” video, which featured Ball railing against Donald Trump’s latest indictment and stiffly dancing like an uncle at a wedding. Throughout the video, Blow interacts with other OAN personalities, including the channel’s 82-year-old owner, and runs through the newsroom while staff dramatically tear apart folders reading “Trump Indictment #4.”
The video is guaranteed secondhand embarrassment for any viewers not fully living a MAGA alt-reality. And OAN employees seemed to realize that, as two people familiar with the matter told Confider that some staffers walked out prior to filming because they didn’t want to be a part of it. One OAN employee added that staffers generally did not know about the video shoot until the last minute and just went along with it.
Much of the finger-pointing was aimed directly at Ball: “I need to leave OAN ASAP! I am sick and tired of Dan Ball’s antics, and so are so many others,” one current OAN anchor wrote to Confider. Other current and former staffers told Confider they are “officially taking OAN off my resume after watching this” or that they “can’t stop laughing” at the “bizarre” video. Ball wrote in a statement: “We’d like to thank all the American Patriots out there who downloaded the song ‘Real America’! Within the first 24 hours of the songs release we reached #11 on the Top 100 ITunes billboard charts in the Rap/Hip-Hop genre, all thanks to you! God Bless you.”
Without further ado, here’s what they’re talking about. I don’t know if you drop acid, but save it for later. The effect is already there.
Dan Ball isn’t a journalist, he just plays one on TV. He’s got an acting job. OAN isn’t a news outlet, it just pretends to be one on TV. I don’t blame anybody who is serious about journalism or TV news to run screaming, if in fact they work there. Although the technical people are still professionals. They’re lighting and shooting this nonsense. They’re not responsible for the content. But I wouldn’t want to be a copy writer or an editor or anything over there and be lumped in with this.
Walter Cronkite is turning in his grave. And I pray to God that Dan Rather has a comment about this. Maybe I’ll drop him a line.