Skip to comments.New Lois Lane Comic Reflects Trumpís White House Relationship With the Press (Spoilers)
Posted on 06/06/2019 3:39:51 PM PDT by Bratch
Earlier today, Bleeding Cool reported that DC Comics is making the first two issues of the new Lois Lane comic by Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins returnable, so that retailers could order as many copies as they liked, safe in the knowledge that they could return any left unsold. It is possible that this really won’t be an issue as the series may grab as many headlines as Lois Lane usually generated for the Daily Planet.
Bleeding Cool has been informed that the new series pits Lois Lane against the White House administration. And while members of that administration are not names, there seem to be some serious parallels between this and recent moves made by the Trump administration, and accusations made against them.
That it begins with Lois Lane’s laptop featuring the words Woody Guthrie painted on his guitar in 1940, This Machine Kills Fascists, after he wrote the war song “Talking Hitler’s Head Off Blues” is just a signal for where this comic will go.
And as Lois Lane has been seen kissing Superman, while still married to Clark Kent, with their suddenly-aged-up son Jonathan Kent, the world has their own opinion of her.
The first issue is titled ‘Enemy Of The People’, the label that Trump gave to the media when they were covering the Mueller Report. The phrase has a long history, Emperor Nero was originally dubbed this by the Roman Senate in 68 and it was common during the French Revolution, used by Robespierre in 1793 against those who opposed it.
The Soviet Union used it a lot, especially by Lenin who used it in 1917 to describe the members of the Constitutional Democratic Party but was then used against everyone they opposed. This included Tsar Nicholas II and the Imperial family, aristocrats, the bourgeoisie, clerics, business entrepreneurs, anarchists, kulaks, monarchists, Mensheviks, Esers, Bundists, Trotskyists, Bukharinists, the “old Bolsheviks”, the army and police, emigrants, saboteurs, wreckers, “social parasites”, people who administered and serviced the China Far East Railway, particularly the Russian population of Harbin, China, and those considered bourgeois nationalists, notably Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Armenian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian nationalists, Zionists, Basmach). Those so dubbed could be imprisoned, expelled or executed, and lose their property to confiscation. Close relatives of enemies of the people were labelled as “traitor of Motherland family members” and could be sent to Gulag, punished by the involuntary settlement in unpopulated areas, or stripped of citizen’s rights.
The phrase was also used to justify all manner of atrocious behaviour by Mao Zedong who declared ‘social forces and groups which resist the socialist revolution and are hostile to or sabotage socialist construction are all enemies of the people.’ Nazi-supporting newspaper Der Stürmer declared that Jews were the enemies of the people. More recently, the Daily Mail declared that certain high court judges who ruled that leaving the European Union after the referendum also needed the consent of Parliament, got a full page condemnation with their photos and the headline “Enemies of the People”.
But it was more recently in 2017 that the phrase got new life when used by President Donald Trump, declaring that The New York Times, NBC News, ABC, CBS, and CNN were “fake news” and the “enemy of the people”.
The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Something he repeated at the Conservative Political Action Conference, saying, “A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people and they are. They are the enemy of the people” and again last year in a rally in South Carolina, Trump pointing at journalists, calling them “fake newsers” and “the enemy of the people.” days before a mass shooting at the offices of a newspaper publisher in Annapolis, Maryland. The day after that, Trump doubled down with these tweets.
The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media. I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear........
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2018
This received an organised response in opposition by 350 media bodies on the same day, with international institutions such as the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights criticising Trump for attacking the free press. In August last year, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution affirming that the media is not “the enemy of the people.”
In Lois Lane #1, to be published by DC Comics in July, we will see Lois Lane amongst the White House press corps, pressing fictional Press Secretary Lee-Anne McCarthy – the choice of surname is unlikely to be accidental – over children as young as eighteen months being separated from parents in refugee camps, and corrupt payments being made by corporate bodies to member of the administration to grant contracts for those incarcerations. Which results in Lois Lane being ejected from the White House and her press credentials revoked.
With parallels both to charged made against the Trump administration regarding the separation and caging of young children from their parents in similar refugee camps, and the action taken against CNN’s Jim Acosta after he challenged Trump over what he saw as the president’s scaremongering about what Trump described as a “caravan” of migrants making their way to the USA through Mexico. And more recently, the White House imposed far more restrictive terms over who can and cannot qualify for such press credentials.
However, I have also been made aware that this ending to the comic was decided at New York Comic Con in October last year – before the Acosta situation – as something that was considered out there and couldn’t actually happen in real life. And then a couple of weeks later, it did.
Many folks may have many opinions about the direction this comic takes, but one thing stands out above all. It is a very, very Lois Lane direction for the book to take. And it is glorious.
The LL from the 90s Superman TAS was good enough.
Freaking comic books.
The right is stunted.
Does he spy on them and jail filmmakers as Obama did?
The scandals this libtard hipster spouts are Obama era wrongs.
“Fascists” seems to be a trip word for Communists and Leftists.
My Father’s battalion was among the first sent into Berlin after the Russians captured it. He said that for the first week or two, every time they met a Russian, he would say in English “Death to Fascists”.
Not my style o’ art.
POTUS Trump just complains about the media; Obama actually sicced his Justice Department on them.
She looks unhinged and crazy in those pics, just like Jim Acosta. I remember the comics always showing Lois Lane creating news rather than reporting it, just like the Superman movies where she jumps over Niagara Falls or sneaks into the Eiffel Tower to make a news story. So Jim Acosta. Fact is stranger than fiction.
The story is SJW drivel, and that’s all that would buy this crap.
None of the Superman movies were any good. The first one was OK.
The 1950s TV series was good with really good acting and story despite an obviously low budget.
“Smallville” was good the first few seasons. Knowing that Kristin Kreuk and Alison Mack were both members of the Nxivm cult sort of ruins the memory of it tho.
Why isn’t Lois Lane a “woman of color” who is a lesbian?
Are they racist as well as being homophobic?
Children in cages at the border was also Obama’s doing
The wonderful innocence of 50s episodic TV.
The drawing in the article makes her looks like some ugly, angry, Stalinist bulldyke.
Yes. When it was OK to say “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”.
I believe the Guthries rented from Fred Trump.
I catch a 50s superman and like them some.
Roku has 60s Batman on. I hated it when I was a kid in reruns. Now I appreciate the satire and in-jokes.
Once again the leftards resort to fantasy (delusion) in pathetic revision because they can’t cut it in real life.
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