Even supposedly non-political segments on CBS end up with liberal attacks. CBS This Morning journalists on Wednesday talked to “social researcher” Brene Brown to discuss her new book on “effective leadership. After co-host John Dickerson brought up Donald Trump, Brown sneered, “If you weaponize uncertainty and then guarantee them certainty, and guarantee them certainty and then give someone to blame for their pain.”
“You can do anything you want,” she added. Deriding the President’s leadership, she concluded, “The problem with that is that fear has a very short shelf life. And you cannot do that for very long. The question is always what kind of damage are you going to do while you're able to do that?”
In a 2017 blog post, Brown misrepresented a Trump comment about MS-13 gang members, asserting that the President “reduced immigrants to animals.”
When we engage in dehumanizing rhetoric or promote dehumanizing images, we diminish our own humanity in the process. When we reduce immigrants to animals like Trump did earlier this week, it says nothing at all about the people we’re attacking. It does, however, say volumes about who we are and our integrity.
Many in the so-called mainstream media made this same mistake last year.
A partial transcript is below:
CBS This Morning
GAYLE KING: We have so much to discuss and we have the right person to do that. Best selling author and social researcher. Her name is Brene Brown. She burst into public consciousness with her Ted Talk in 2010: “The Power of Vulnerability” remains the site’s fourth most popular talk. Listen to this. It has 36 million views. Wow. Today, Brene Brown is busy juggling consulting and speaking events at Fortune 500 events, including IBM, Disney and Google. Her new book focuses on how each of us can cultivate effective leadership. It's called Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts. Brene Brown joins us once again first on CBS This Morning to talk about her latest book.
DICKERSON: I hate to get political, but one of the best leaders we have right now, who has totally reformed a political party in his image, who has gotten two people on the Supreme Court and achieved other things, thinks showing vulnerability is the key to loss, not showing vulnerability is, in fact, one of his signature traits. So that seems to be the opposite of what you're saying.
BRENE BROWN: Yeah. I’m glad we went there. Because, here’s the thing.
KING: John goes there.
BROWN: John goes there. I’ll go with you, John. You can absolutely get away, I mean, you can -- you can get massives [sic] of people behind you if you do two things. If you weaponize uncertainty and then guarantee them certainty, and guarantee them certainty and then give someone to blame for their pain. You can do anything you want.
BROWN: The problem with that is that fear has a very short shelf life. And you cannot do that for very long. The question is always what kind of damage are you going to do while you're able to do that? But I do not — I have seen no evidence — and I’m reading Doris Kearns Goodwin right now also. I’m a huge fan. Yeah, her book on leadership. — I don’t think I’m sustainable.