Warning: This is another post about mass media information war in America.
The Left is ginning up a spin attack to set the stage for obstruction of justice against Trump and Trump forces are ginning up attacks against the extreme bias in the Obama DOJ and FBI, which led to the Mueller investigation. The original rationale for the Mueller investigation was the allegation that Trump colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election.
To date, the Steele dossier has been exposed as another Clinton funded dirty trick and it’s still unknown if that dossier, which James Comey asserted, under oath in 2017, was salacious and unverified, was used to secure FISA warrants during 2016 to investigate some Trump campaign officials. Two members of the DOJ, who were involved in both the Hillary email investigation and who had joined Mueller’s team to investigate Trump/Russian collusion, have been exposed as having an affair and of texting many extremely anti-Trump political views.
To date no evidence of actual Trump/Russian collusion in 2016 has been released to the American people. The Democrats pushing the Trump/Russian collusion spin have now pivoted to changing the spin to Trump obstructed justice when he fired James Comey last year. The New York Times launched another big spin gambit last night for the Dems, with a report that last summer Trump ordered the WH legal counsel to fire Mueller, but aides talked Trump out of it and the WH counsel threatened to resign. This breathless NY Times “revelation” was launched to counter the Strzok/Page texts story, which has been gaining traction in the 24/7 spin battle.
The 2016 scorched earth information war continues to blow out of control.
I always keep coming back to writing about SPIN. America is reaching a critical stage in this endless 2016 SPIN information war. The reason I still keep trying to sound the warning against SPIN, which requires extreme levels of mass media collusion to gain control of America’s 24/7 news cycle, is because it is fueling extreme partisanship in America and destroying the core principles required for our constitutional system to survive.
Our constitutional system was founded on compromise. Our founders who met in Philadelphia in 1787, to iron out details for the United States Constitution, arrived with many deeply opposing views and political demands for the new government being formed. To reach a consensus, a great deal of debate ensued, but in the end a great deal of compromising ensued. Compromising and working to find some common ground remain central requirements for our constitutional republic to function and remain strong.
Extreme partisanship is an enemy of The Constitution. This escalating domestic SPIN information war is as much of a threat to America as anything the Russians or our other enemies can do to us using information warfare.
Since 1998, I’ve remained committed to using whatever small internet voice I have, to write about the dangers of SPIN. The constantly escalating SPIN attacks have fostered a political environment where conspiracy theories on both sides spread rapidly, fuel partisan fears and distrust, and destroy any hope of Americans finding common ground for fixing problems in America. This heightened distrust permeates down to main street America and even among many school children, where teachers have drawn children into the partisan divisiveness.
The 2016 election SPIN was highly corrupt, with the mainstream media and FOX News giving Trump billions of dollars during the GOP primary to aid his “GOP Insurgency”. The mainstream media sat on dirt about Trump during those months, because they were aiding the Clinton Pied Piper strategy to promote the most divisive GOP candidates. This was part of Bill Clinton’s signature triangulation strategy.
Bill Clinton’s triangulation strategy, of which this Pied Piper strategy was a vital part, was meant to set the general election stage, so that Hillary could claim the middle political ground, while casting Bernie Sanders as a far-left kook and have a Republican opponent, whom could be cast as a far-right kook. Trump and Cruz both fit that bill in the GOP primary. Trump was learning how to use SPIN during the GOP primary and there were many times where he seemed amazed at how well spinning was working for him. FOX News moved to becoming the 24/7 Trump Channel.
Unlike every other Republican candidate since 1992, Trump is the first GOP candidate ever to go all-in on using the Dems form of scorched earth information warfare and he is the first GOP candidate to have the connections to wield a powerful mass media platform ( FOX News, several newspapers, numerous online sites, Twitter, and of course right-wing talk radio) that could defeat the Left’s control of the mass media 24/7 news spin cycle.
In late 2015/early 2016 with the “GOP Insurgency” leaving the GOP in disarray, the mainstream media made a dramatic pivot to unleashing the piles of dirt on Trump that they had been sitting on, while aiding the Clinton Pied Piper effort to destroy the GOP with the “GOP Insurgency”.
The evolution of SPIN in 2016 election
1. Mainstream media & FOX news gave Trump BILLIONS of dollars in free media during the GOP primary.
2. The mainstream media sat on mountains of dirt on Trump during this time. They were aiding the Clinton Pied Piper strategy.
3. Mainstream media pivoted in late 2015 to early 2016 timeframe to dump on Trump, once Trump had succeeded to tear the GOP apart.
4. FOX News went full throttle Trump propaganda 24/7.
5. Mainstream media went full throttle
#Resist when Trump unexpectedly won the election.
6. FOX News & mainstream media are participating (not objectively reporting) in this scorched earth information war.
7. Americans are bombarded with extreme partisan propaganda dressed up as “news” 24/7.
8. Mass media collusion is required for partisans to wage this type of mass media information war.
We all know what happened when Trump surprisingly won the 2016 election. The Left, with the constant collusion of the mainstream media, launched efforts to cast doubt on Trump’s win and fuel hysteria about Trump colluding with the Russians. The Left has worked feverishly to #Resist – which is a euphemism for destroying Trump and doing everything possible to get him impeached.
This war is still raging. Many “warriors” on both sides have sacrificed their own integrity and lost all sense of perspective, by convincing themselves that the cause to either take down Trump or prop him up is an existential threat to our political system. There’s been endless hysterical opining about dangerous “attacks on our institutions” … by both sides.
Here’s the thing and it’s why I have continued to write about SPIN, when in truth I wish I had never even heard of SPIN information warfare in America:
- It creates an atmosphere in America where Americans perceive those with opposing political views as enemies of America and a threat to The Constitution.
- It makes Americans more willing to believe the worst possible things and the most bizarre conspiracy theories about other Americans.
- It creates an atmosphere where Americans believe those with differing political views are an existential threat to America
SPIN information warfare turns American citizens against other American citizens.
This escalating 2016 scorched earth SPIN information warfare is a more urgent threat to The Constitution than any information warfare operations the Russians or our other foreign enemies can wage against Americans.
Our domestic scorched earth information warfare leaves us completely vulnerable to foreign disinformation aimed at fueling divisions in American.
Even worse it leaves us fractured and hinders us from uniting to counter foreign threats.
It’s time to end the 2016 scorched earth information war in America and it’s way past time for American partisans to stop engaging in mass media information warfare.