Fonzie, eat your heart out, because Breitbart.com has really jumped the shark this time.
And the exact definition of that phrase is important to include here. (Emphasis added.)
"Jumping the shark" is an idiom popularized by Jon Hein that was used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality, signaled by a particular scene, episode, or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of gimmick in an attempt to keep viewers' interest, which is taken as a sign of desperation, and is seen by viewers to be the point at which the show strayed irretrievably from its original formula. The phrase is based on a scene from a fifth-season episode of the sitcom Happy Days when the character Fonzie jumps over a shark while on water-skis.
The usage of "jump the shark" has subsequently broadened beyond television, indicating the moment when a brand, design, franchise, or creative effort's evolution declines.
The conservative brand is dying. Trump-ism is killing it.
Breitbart dot dom is firmly on the side of Trump. So calls for a third party to ruin Trump's victory, especially coming from Bill Kristol, bring out the...wait...anti-Semitism?
Conservative (and not) Twitter is agog:
Come for the anti-Semitic headline, stay for the insistence that Ted Cruz's father met Lee Harvey Oswald pic.twitter.com/orDAUsHSej
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 16, 2016
Welcome to the age of Trump, where those opposed to him are labeled a Renegade Jew by those paid for at Breitbart. pic.twitter.com/r3FxoUUHbI
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) May 16, 2016
Breitbart Calls Trump Foe “Renegade Jew.” This Is How Anti-Semitism Goes Mainstream.: https://t.co/e5J79CwcCh
— Eric M. Leiderman (@EricLeiderman) May 16, 2016
Not sure how deep in the gutter Breitbart dug for this, but I'm pretty sure they hit a sewage line. https://t.co/ijT9OxBQdk
— Marybeth (@MBGlenn) May 16, 2016
This past weekend my own Twitter stream was invaded by a small hoard of "Can't Stump the Trump" folks. I took the time to check out the bios of each of them, to determine if I had to block/mute them or could just ignore on my own. What I found among these Trump supporters really made me sad. We have one political party whose candidate has attracted those whose Twitter feeds are made up of:
and rank anti-Semitism.
I am not going to post any of those anti-semite tweets for 'proof' because this blog doesn't give those types publicity. If you need proof, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast . and Right Wing Watch have documented the Jew-haters among the Trumpsters on separate occasions.
As The Daily Beast article pointed out:
The media have not pressed Trump on this issue. And the worst part is that this anti-Semitism we are seeing from some Trump fans is nothing new. It’s just that the media have for the most part has ignored it.
... Twitter is a growing cesspool of anti-Semitism being spewed by Trump supporters.
It remains to be seen if the mainstream media takes on Trump over his bland acceptance of hate-driven rhetoric on his behalf, or if they again give him a pass in order to have their horse race in November.