Never underestimate the power of the bully pulpit.
It appears as though President Trump’s excoriation of the NFL has bitten off a big chunk of the League’s popularity amongst the public.
A new poll by Morning Consult shows that Trump knew what he was doing.
The panic in NFL headquarters must be ripe about now.
The unified front we’ve seen from the players and owners last week in reaction to Trump’s statements will now begin to cease. Corporate types will always fold under pressure when the paying masses move against them. But it is probably too late. The NFL chose…poorly.
The thing about public virtue signaling is that most of those engaging in it only do so if they believe it is popular. That is what separates true integrity from showy displays for the cameras. To the rank-and-file, fear of being ostracized is usually the motivating factor.
But corporate interests are the worst because to them it’s a calculated strategy. They preen about the trendy issue of the day but it is merely pure manipulation. They wouldn’t engage focus groups to ask you how your perception of the company changes by glomming on to a particular social cause if they truly cared one iota. They hope you say, “Aww, JP Morgan really loves the environment! I want to trust them with my money, now!”. But the only green they care about are Federal Reserve Notes.
The commercialization of virtue is one of the worst things about the world today. Just another fake veneer to hide the endemic cultural and personal rot.
There was a great scene in Lawrence of Arabia where Auda Abu-Thayi smashes the camera of a journalist who took his picture. The perplexed journalist looks at Lawrence for an explanation. The reply is as apropos to 2017 as it was to 1917.
“Auda’s a bit old-fashioned. He thinks these things (the camera) will steal his virtue. He thinks you’re a kind of thief.”
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