Reporting from stage Left:
Another mainstream (liberal) media spin cycle is sputtering, despite a few days of relentless “news” reporting concerns about Trump’s “delusional state”, bated breath reports about how “Trump is losing it”, all accompanied with whispers that perhaps it’s time to look at the 25th Amendment.
Reporting from stage Right:
President Trump is revving up another big push to rally his base, with inflammatory tweetstorms and a flurry of rallies around the country in the works.
That about sums up the news.
Here’s my perspective on the side of this scorched earth information war that operates just as viciously and relentlessly as Trump’s tweetstorms and sideshow presidency.
The mainstream (liberal) media is great at reporting on the dreadful Fox News’ Trumpgasms and they can see how it’s flagrant propaganda, but they don’t see how they do the same thing with these spin cycles they generate to take down Trump. In fact, the liberal media has been doing this for decades, while indignantly brushing aside charges of “liberal bias” in their reporting.
Trump is being Trump and it’s very venal, crass, amoral, and over-the-top much of the time, but this is the same Trump he was a year ago.
Trump has been endlessly dissected and he earns a good deal of that criticism, but Hillary and her legions of #Resist, many of whom work for major news organizations in America have been venal, crass, amoral and over-the-top too, but those in the news running the #Resist talking points and Dump on Trump attacks pretend theirs is all insightful reporting.
As a thought experiment, let’s dissect the antics of Hillary’s legions, many of whom are in the news business, since Trump won the election. First, they tried to insist it was time to ditch the electoral college. Then there was the #Russian collusion hysteria.
There was also a relentless drumbeat to somehow overturn the election and stop Trump’s inauguration. Some of these antics were petty, idiotic, and ridiculous, but many of them were truly despicable. The entire Hollywood crowd boycotted Trump’s inauguration and wanted to make it a failure. When Trump’s inaugural planners turned to using more military in the parades, the Left started the spin that Trump was planning military parades like a dictator, even though they pressured celebrities not to participate in Trump’s inauguration.
It was an appallingly mean, petty display. There was nothing they could do to fault Melania, who is not only one of the most stylish First Ladies ever, she’s also very polite, gracious and carries herself with understated dignity. She has impeccable manners. The day after Trump’s inauguration, the Sore Loser legions took to the streets to protest Trump’s election, under the guise of marching for women’s issues. The only issue the marchers agreed on was #Resist, which is really an euphemism for work to take down Trump, by any means necessary. It has been an appalling, non-stop display of vicious, relentless spin efforts to delegitimize Trump.
Twitter is the hangout for many of America’s journalists and political pundits. If you want to see the American news sausage factory in the making, just go on Twitter and follow several hundred American journalists and pundits. It’s truly a sight to behold, because you can watch their spin cycles forming, gaining momentum and often a few Trump tweets send their spin crashing. He does win many of the spin cycle battles. In the beginning of his presidency, there were even hard news reporters tweeting about whether they should block reporting on Trump and debates on whether to interview various White House officials.
These same news outlets ran the Clinton spin throughout the 1990s, helped Bill Clinton survive impeachment and carried Obama White House narratives without any moral reservations. I never saw any of them debating whether to interview Susan Rice after her shameless, Bergdahl served with honor and distinction lie, that was a slap in the face to every soldier serving honorably. The liberal news media conveniently act in unison, when it’s “time to move on”, which is the Left’s signal to the news media that it’s time to bury a story.
The liberal news media opine and report endlessly about how Trump is a threat to democracy with his waging war against the media and yes, his efforts are terrible, but Trump isn’t the only one in this endless information war. So many in the mainstream news media collude with the #Resist’s take down Trump efforts. Perhaps, “collude” isn’t the right word, because I don’t believe they are having meetings to decide to all run the same talking points.
Watching them on Twitter for the past year, it reminds me of how catty teenage girls start a whispering campaign, and while I only see their tweets, I would imagine there’s a lot of back and forth gossiping between many of them with direct messages. A prominent reporter several days ago started with some tweets about how Trump seems different lately (hint: delusional) and WH aides are murmuring about Trump. Early on there were reports that Trump wanders the halls of the WH at night – that sort of gossip, meant to cast him in a bad light. One prominent reporter is the queen of this type of reporting and she is highly respected by other journalists. There was a reporter who made it his 24/7 job to report on every last detail on Trump’s charitable foundation, which of course was a legitimate story. However, there certainly wasn’t that amount of attention given to the Clinton Foundation’s shady dealings.
And if we step back to the 2016 election, it always boils down to the mainstream media, not just Fox News, gave Trump billions of dollars in free media to help him run his “GOP Insurgency”, and that was done knowingly and deliberately to try to tear the GOP apart and saddle the party with an extremist. The so-called Pied Piper strategy was Bill Clinton’s triangulation strategy, to have a far-right kook on the right and Bernie as the far-left kook, clearing the middle path to the White House for Hillary. As Trump looked to seal the Republican nomination, the media started running spin cycles about Trump the fascist and assuredly Trump’s own tough-talk fed that too, but so much of it was over-the-top and fell in line with the Clinton campaign talking points.
Trump is president, but he obviously feels under attack every day and he is, because so many on the Left ( and in the media) are working tirelessly to take him down. His way of fighting back is terrible for the country, but truthfully those working tirelessly to take him down, especially those who have leaked classified information, are terrible for the country too. That Trump dossier is assuredly one of the dirtiest tricks in American history and that leads right back to the Queen of the Resistance’s door.
Lately, several journalists make it a point to tweet about what the FOX prime time pundits are talking about. They tweet about how CNN and MSNBC are on one story, but FOX is talking about Hillary or Uranium One. They see the Trump-slant and spin, but they do not see their own bias or spin. When this news flurry about “Trump’s losing it and delusional” spin started a few days ago, I watched and along with those “concerns” about his mental state the questions began, “is it time to discuss the 25th Amendment”. Assuredly, their spin has more finesse than Trump’s blustery tweets or Hannity’s nightly rants, but it is assuredly a spin cycle directed at taking down Trump.
I believe both Hillary and Trump are extreme sociopaths, with her being the sorest loser in history and Trump being the sorest winner. Both are leading their followers down terrible paths for America and both are terrible role models of good citizenship in our democratic republic. They speak not only to the corruption in both political parties, but also to the corrupted morals of many, many Americans, who are so easily swept up into this rabid partisanship, vicious name-calling and demoralizing pettiness.
In this media environment and with the country subjected to endless scorched earth information warfare, no matter which news channel you turn on, there’s absolutely no hope of uniting our country.
Scorched earth information warfare has become the default tenor of American politics and it is splintering our country.
For many years I’ve pondered the dangers to our American democracy from the news spin cycle. I consider it a form of mass media information warfare:
The mass media saturation strategy was developed by far-left Alinskyite Marxists. The messaging wall required for mass media saturation to succeed requires the active collusion of the mass media NEWS outlets to facilitate it, by actively and relentlessly repeating the messages of the political candidate or activists using this “buzz word, catchphrase spin (talking points messaging). Mass media saturation INFORMATION WARFARE requires mass media collusion to succeed. This strategy can NOT succeed without mass media messaging dominance to CONTROL (“win”) the 24/7 news cycle (or as the Clinton team dubbed it – the spin cycle).
It is a form of mass media brainwashing and antithetical to American free speech principles! To succeed this strategy requires MEDIA COLLUSION.
It can NOT work without that media collusion.
Here are the components:
- Talking points and buzz word messaging, which are relentlessly repeated by both political operatives and the media.
- Mass media domination of the messaging, to control the 24/7 NEWS cycle, which requires mass media collusion.
- Relentless repetition of polling data by both the political operatives and media, to facilitate the manufacture of opinion cascades (winning in all the polls)
With the prospect of a possible impeachment effort in the near future, combined with the fractured state of our country, I do worry about what America will look like in 2018, 2019, 2020. However, while there’s an argument to be made that Trump is president and his actions matter more than anything the media does, the truth is Trump will be president, at most, 8 years. The mainstream (liberal) news media has been heavily spinning for decades now, slanting the news left constantly. FOX News took to the airwaves in the 1990s and began carving out a following slanting the news right. This way of reporting the news will be with America long after Trump is gone.
Trump found a way to break the liberal media’s spin. Unfortunately, he replaced it with his own spin, that is even more devoid of facts than much of the Left’s spin. And when you add in the mountains of deliberate false reporting from bots, trolls, etc., the horizon looks very bleak for news reporting in America.
A couple of years ago, JK, a frequent commenter to my blog, explained the Crow Method:
“There’s a somewhat useful methodology label analysts occasionally admit to using. The Crow Method. Don’t know you ever spent much time in barnyards/feedlots. … Next time you find yourself where bovines and crows are gathered, pick one crow and keep eyes on that one crow. If you’ve chosen a smart crow, the crow’ll be following a big bull and everytime the bull drops a load, the crow’ll swoop down and swirl around the bovine waste looking for the few nuggets of undigested golden corn kernels. The crow will take the corn leaving the remainder of the bullshit for the worms.”
“Better to be a Crow. Dirty work but not so dirty as being a worm. Worms’ll swallow anything.”
As the piles of disinformation deepen and the spin cycles spin faster, none of us will be able to follow the crows or discern golden corn kernels from the bullshit. We will all be worms buried under the pile.