Will Gaillard and Michael White have been friends since 5th grade. Socially and politically aware since they were teenagers, as they became more mature, they began to understand the depth of corruption in politics and the media; so they started their own platform, Let The Madness Begin. In the interview above, they explain what that name means, how they found the Bernie or bust pledge and why they took it.
Will and Michael, both 35 years old, are commentators on social and political issues. They understand that, for the most part, politicians do not represent the will of the people and corporate media has not done their job challenging them on the issues. They appreciate The Young Turks and the energy and following they generated. They figured there was more room for truth telling in journalism and they could provide that platform to people; so in November last year, they launched their media platform with primary goals of objectively approaching issues while holding any individual and organization accountable for their words and actions.
In the middle of the interview, they are asked about the possibility that the Bernie or bust pledge movement may end up helping Donald Trump, a racist, become the next President. Their answer conveys a courage lacking in Sanders’ supporters who will not help Bernie by becoming part of the Bernie or bust movement. Will and Micheal are revolutionaries; the 66% of Sanders’ supporters, who tell pollsters they will vote for Hillary Clinton in November if she is the Democratic Party nominee, are “sheep.”
The article that was forwarded to them before the interview, “Bernie or Bust? Just Kill Yourself!,” can be read here. The author, Rippa, is the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Intersection of Madness & Reality. He’s obviously not real fond of the Bernie or bust strategy. Let the madness begin indeed!
Gaillard and White’s Facebook page can be found here and their website here. Their YouTube channel is here, and they can be followed on Twitter.
On objectivity, truth and “reality.”
Every human being perceives reality, i.e., facts, events and content (of speeches, columns, propaganda, etc.), through a prism of their own values. Therefore, there are multiple versions of the truth. This is true about differing witness accounts of crimes and accidents as well as…well, everything. The perspectives expressed by this Examiner and The Young Turks are “tinted” by progressive values. Those on Fox News by conservative and reactionary values. The truth expressed in mainstream media are shaped by the corporate value of profit. If a story will “sell,” they will report it. As Jurgen Habermas, German philosopher and sociologist, wrote “fact and value are radically homogeneous.” Truth, outside of the realm of the scientific method, is a function of one’s values, and objectivity, therefore, is a fool’s errand.