Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan recently began filming a series called “Thirty Days,” in which he goes on “a trip to see if the American culture that I recognized as being a part of was still there.” In other words, he is trying to “get back in touch” with the world he grew up in, looking for signs that working class America is still alive and well.
Corgan frequently reports back with his finding on 97.9 The Loop’s “Mancow Morning Show,” and this week’s conversation dealt with the mainstream media, “fake news,” and President-elect Donald Trump, whom Corgan supports.
“I think it’s an important time, and I’m trying to document that as an artist,” he said while discussing the 35-page Trump dossier published by BuzzFeed and reported by CNN and other major news outlets. “If I just filter what I read through the media, which obviously yesterday was a watershed day with the media, if I just filter what I read through the media, I’m not really in touch with the world I grew up in. I know there’s a gap there.”
In addition to blasting the dossier’s unverified claims about Trump, Corgan also let loose on CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who recently got into an on-air feud with Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, and reveled in the “meltdown” of mainstream media.
“It’s one of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever seen from a journalist, especially someone at his level who understands the game,” he said. “He absolutely is melting down trying to pin her down, and it’s amazing watching the mainstream American media meltdown before our eyes. It’s something I thought I’d never see.”