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A recipe for more chaos

In September of last year, Hurricane Dorian was heading toward the Atlantic coast.  Most Americans have probably forgotten about this hurricane, because it didn’t turn into one of those major catastrophic hurricane hits on the United States.  However, Dorian does provide a clear historical template for how America’s partisan spin warriors (including the vast numbers of media spin warriors, who pose as “objective journalists) fight their petty spin battles in a potential national emergency situation.

The Dems and mainstream media spin warriors and Trump with his FOX News and Twitter spin commandos, are repeating their same stupid spin battles as this corona virus threat escalates.  Of course, it’s too early to know if, like Hurricane Dorian, America will receive only grazing coastal type damage with the corona virus or if it will turn into a Cat 5 level national emergency, but it’s clear that our president, a large number of our politicians, and our media remain more committed to their scorched earth spin war than to putting the welfare of the American people first.

During that Sharpiegate fiasco, I wrote:

“What’s so disturbing to me about this situation is that Trump decided to engage in fighting the media and demanding an apology from the media, all while Hurricane Dorian is still barreling up the Atlantic coast and thousands of Americans are in the path.  This is a weather emergency situation and the POTUS is obsessed, not with providing the most accurate and timely information to Americans affected by this storm, nope he’s fixated on winning a spin battle against the media.  The truth is Trump’s spin fight isn’t part of his DUTIES as president, especially during a weather emergency involving numerous states.

It’s easy to just blow this off as another Trump vs. media spin battle and brush it off as trivial, but here’s why it matters,

The executive branch owns our national emergency response and information, so the President has a duty to manage emergency services and information.  A large part of that information responsibility centers on providing the most accurate and timely information available.  Credibility is crucial.  The president scribbling on an official weather map with a sharpie destroyed the Office of President’s credibility.  Trump’s staff sitting silently throughout this destroyed their credibility too.”

https://libertybellediaries.com/2019/09/06/sharpiegate-matters/

This corona virus spin battle shows every sign of becoming a repeat of the Hurricane Dorian spin battle.  The media launched into attacks that Trump was failing to respond appropriately to the corona virus crisis.  Trump countered by appointing Vice President, Mike Pence, as the administration’s point man on dealing with the crisis.  Dems and the mainstream media responded within minutes launching a massive smear campaign against Pence, to undercut his credibility immediately.  Trump, his Fox news mouthpieces and his Twitter spin commandos jumped into action attacking Dems and the media, but as usual, Trump can’t be quiet and let the government’s medical experts or his point man speak to the corona virus situation.  Trump jumped right into more attacks on the media, more bs statements about the stock market, discounting the danger the virus poses, and he blabbered on about the media creating a “hoax” at a Trump rally.

Yesterday, Michael Brendan Dougherty at National Review wrote:

“The wrong Donald Trump has shown up to deal with the coronavirus. One might have expected Donald Trump, a germophobe who spent much of his campaign lambasting the Chinese, to take an aggressive approach on the Wuhan virus. You’d expect the Trump who breaks taboos and shuts things down until “our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

As the spread of the new and still somewhat mysterious virus ramps up in Italy and Iran, and a few more cases emerge in the United States, maybe that’s the Trump we’ve needed. But we’re getting Trump the market whisperer. We’re getting a Trump who is obviously bothered by the drop in the Dow Jones. We’re getting a Trump who plans to campaign on the conventional measures of success favored by his predecessors. We’re getting a Trump who is downplaying the seriousness of this disease, who is probably acting too late, and who is making promises he can’t keep.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/02/coronavirus-president-trump-takes-wrong-approach-to-threat/#slide-1

Trump seems  determined to downplay the virus, all to counter the Dems and mainstream media hysteria about of the virus.  This is becoming the Trump Sharpie map level spin effort during Hurricane Dorian, where Trump insisted Alabama was in the direct path of the storm and he drew a black line, which included Alabama, on an official weather map.  While Trump dug in on his Alabama claim, the media ramped up attacks on Trump’s altered map antic.

During the Hurricane Dorian map situation, Trump was also spinning (lying) about job numbers, which is very similar to the unfolding stock market decline this past week, as fear and uncertainty about the corona virus grew:

“The day after he shared the Sharpie-doctored hurricane map to justify his belated suggestion that Hurricane Dorian was headed for Alabama, Trump tried to spin the state of the US economy, which has emerged as his chief concern heading into the 2020 campaign. “Really Good Jobs Numbers!” he tweeted on Thursday.”

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/06/politics/sharpie-logic-trump-hurricane-economy/index.html

Before this blog post has even been completed, there’s a new twist.  Trump gave a corona virus update on the situation this afternoon.  The first US citizen has died from the corona virus.  The media peppered Trump with questions about Trump’s previous “hoax” comment and Trump-centered matters, not about the actual corona virus situation.  As usual, it appears to be a media determined to take down Trump and Trump determined to bolster Trump, when what America really needs is selfless leadership from our elected officials and a news media, who could step back from wallowing in victim hood and Trump derangement syndrome.

Trump running the Office of the President like a reality TV show comes at a serious cost to not only President Trump’s credibility, but it comes at a cost to the welfare of the American people.  Trump coming out and doing another briefing, trying to erase his mistakes and acting like this is just a Hollywood second take, erodes trust in both Trump and the entire executive branch.

This corona virus seems likely to spread in America and that assuredly will increase the death toll, all while America remains held hostage to a scorched earth partisan spin information war being fought out across American media and on Twitter.

It’s just a recipe for more chaos.

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2016 spin déjà vu all over again

Although following politics has taken a backseat in my interests these days… once a political junkie, always a political junkie.  I still catch bits and pieces of our domestic spin information war, which seems to still be blowing hot air, unabated and still driven mostly by the media and political crowd on Twitter.  Last week, I saw President Trump on TV bragging about how important he believes his social media platform is to his political success.  He still remains 100% committed to his spin war effort, just as the Dems and their mainstream media loyalists are committed to their #Resist spin effort.

Our 2020 presidential election portends to be as surreal as 2016 and we can’t blame the Russians for so many Americans buying into Trump’s spin garbage, Dem spin garbage or the Bernie Sanders far-left nuttiness.

2020 being as off-the rails as 2016 is the only concrete prediction that seems incontrovertible at this point.  The Democratic Party now has a front-runner, Senator Bernie Sanders, who isn’t even a Democrat, just like the “GOP Insurgent” in 2016 was a reality TV star, liberal media gadfly, NYC realtor, who spent decades buying influence among prominent Dem. politicians.  With enough influential Republicans willing to sacrifice their integrity to kiss Trump’s ring, an aggressive Fox News spin operation advancing Trump spin and an even more aggressive social media spin operation, Trump weathered the most relentless Dem/mainstream scorched earth spin effort ever.  And that brings us back to another Dem/media Trump-Russia spin effort in recent days.

It’s surreal in the past few days to see Dems and the mainstream media trying to generate another Trump-Russia hysterical spin effort, claiming Russia is trying to interfere in our 2020 election and promoting Trump, citing unnamed US intelligence sources, again.  Russian interference isn’t the largest information war threat to America.  Our own domestic scorched earth spin information war, which Trump, Dems, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, Wapo, NYT and most other media in America, who report on American politics, avidly participate in 24/7, on TV, on radio, but especially on social media poses way more danger to America than anything hostile foreign info war operations do.

Our domestic scorched earth spin information war remains a hamster wheel America can’t stop or get off.

Watching the Dem disarray and in-fighting being played out across the media airwaves and online, it’s rather amusing to think back to the beginning of the Dem primary season and the “we will not attack other Democrats” proclamations.  The long knives, wielded by Democrats, are now out for Sanders, assuring the Democrats will be in disarray, probably up until their convention.  The collapse of moderate Democrat efforts to gain enough momentum to check the far-left surge bolsters Trump’s reelection chances.

This 2016 déjà vu aura still makes me wonder about a Clinton machine effort to stage some sort of convention upheaval and push Hillary as the only real Democrat, who can pull the party together to defeat Trump.  While this sounds impossible, there’s a growing panic mode festering among a large swath of the Dem. chattering class and Dem power-brokers.  All of this simmering panic will feed unconventional gambits and even support for changing the rules to allow the party to put forth a candidate to take down Trump.  If there’s one group of Americans who live by spin, it’s the liberal mainstream media, especially those who were Hillary loyalists in 2016.

Admittedly, this idea sounds far-fetched, but I just feel Hillary’s steady media effort, has all been planned to keep her in the news, while Clinton operatives try to find a way to get her into this 2020 race at the convention.  This is her last chance to become the first female president in America and  I believe she will seize any opportunity (even one orchestrated through a corrupt spin effort and changing the rules) to try again.

Several years ago I bought Robert Bork’s, 1996 book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline, on sale for $2.99  as a kindle book, but hadn’t read it.  I’ve started reading it, because somehow with both major political parties totally corrupted by liberal cultural rot, Bork’s book seems timely.  Trump is a product of that 60s liberal cultural rot and he’s corrupted the entire GOP with that rot and especially conservatives.  Reality TV culture is unarguably liberal garbage and Trump is a king of that medium, to the point he’s running his presidency as a cheap reality TV show.  Trump assortment of supporters and mindless followers have bought into Trump’s sideshow antics, his Twitter attacks, daily childish and cruel attacks and most will likely vote for him again.  Dems and the Democratic Party are now facing the prospect of far-left, Marxist, Bernie Sanders, also a product of the 1960s turmoil Bork wrote about, looks like he might walk away with their Democratic nomination.  Both major political parties are now in a state of collapse from corruption and abandonment of core principles.

What remains to be seen is if there’s a bottom or any realization by our spin combatants that our domestic scorched earth spin information war, which they are waging, has zero chance of “saving our democracy.”

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Careening down the road to self-destruction

President Trump went one step further than I predicted in my last blog post, although I’m not feeling any satisfaction for calling Trump’s course of action correctly.  All I feel is increasing concern for America’s future.

Instead of just a victory lap interview, Trump opted for going big, where he went to Toledo, OH last night for a rousing victory lap rally.  He hurled out insults, taunts, plenty of dishonest statements all to a wildly cheering crowd.  He worked hard to ramp up rage against Democrats, while wrapping himself in the American flag.

What he did not do is treat this serious foreign policy crisis seriously.  For Trump it was all about him and how great he handled it, acting as if this one skirmish with Iran means he won.  He also did not buckle down and start personally preparing for the many challenges to come in dealing with Iran and other foreign policy crises that will assuredly follow this change in US policy toward deterrence.

This Trump victory lap rally was an appalling spectacle of poor judgment, venality, lack of seriousness and the same old Trump Reality Show presidency.  The main thing, I believe, galvanizing much of Trump’s support is the Democrats’ alarming Trump derangement spin antics.  Yesterday news broke that the Ukrainian airliner crash, just hours after the Iranian missile strikes against US forces in Iraq, was caused by an Iranian missile attack.   Dems began ramping up a spin effort shifting blame for this very likely major Iranian error by Iran, to blaming Trump.  Here are the Dem spin messaging efforts, which I retweeted with comments:

The two words these Dem spin attacks corrupted were “crossfire” and “collateral damage” absolving Iran from responsibility for their missile taking down a commercial airliner, killing all 176 people on board.  That plane took off from the airport in Tehran, where Iran has total control over that airspace, failed to halt commercial flights and then likely mistakenly shot down a commercial airliner.  There was no “crossfire,” since only Iran was launching missile strikes that night and the “collateral damage,” was caused by Iran firing that missile at a commercial airliner that they allowed to take off from the airport in Tehran.

Interestingly, some liberal journalists and Dem mouthpieces realized this spin attack against Trump was making them look like Iranian propagandists, so they tried to quell this Dem spin attack from amplifying even more. Chuck Todd changed course quickly, as did Michael McFaul, former Obama ambassador to Russia, who has a very active Twitter spin presence, plus I noticed many other Dem spin mouthpieces on Twitter work to try to stop their own Dem spin attack.

It was a disturbing American spin cycle to watch last night, with the Dem spin attack trying to shift blame for Iran’s missile strike to Trump (America) and Trump taking to the stage in Toledo, OH to do an appalling, saber-rattling, dishonest,victory lap rally.  Trump reverted back to form – lying, recklessly disregarding facts and blurring details, but the overarching theme was to incite his followers to hating Democrats and hurling out streams of ad hominem attacks.  Trump leaves all the heavy-lifting duties of his presidency to other people, while he wallows in his trash reality show antics.

Both parties continue to hurl America to a state of being seething, mindless mobs or raging partisans led by shallow, corrupt charlatans.  Even worse, most of the media in America behave even more dishonestly and corruptly than the partisan politicians and operatives, who orchestrates this endless scorched earth spin war.

America continues to careen down this road to self-destruction, with no leaders stepping forward to press on the brakes.  Just full SPIN ahead, 24/7.

 

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Are we headed toward a civil war?

If anyone asked me if I think President Trump should be removed from office today, well, the truth is I don’t care one way or the other.  I do care about, to use the constantly hyped phrases, “preserving our Constitution” and “saving our democracy,” but frankly these yahoos in Washington and the media hysterically spinning 24/7 about the yahoos in Washington have zero capacity to preserve or save anything.  Ditto that for the political Twitterati crowd/political punditry puff dragons.

When both sides in a political battle are thoroughly corrupt, the Dems orchestrating this impeachment inquiry and President Trump, who lies about almost everything and cares nothing about The Constitution or rules of any sort, so long as they benefit him, how does carrying out an extremely divisive political process like impeachment remedy any wrongdoing?  Will removing Trump end the political corruption or bring American politics back to some sane standards?

Would removing Trump “save our democracy” or “preserve our Constitution” or would it just lead to more political chaos and a weakening of our ordered liberty?

With a Republican-controlled Senate, at best this impeachment effort seems like a poorly orchestrated spin effort.  At worst it’s another effort of powerful Dems to appease the radical #Resist fringe of their party, to quell an internal revolt after Dem leaders have failed to deliver on removing Trump from office, after 3 years of promising, “Trump’s going down” and “this is the beginning of the end.”

Hypothetically speaking, if Trump was removed from office before the 2020 election, Dems would not graciously accept a President Pence – they would begin spinning up impeaching Pence too and doing everything they could to wreak havoc on the GOP… just like they did in 2016.  In fact, Dems and their media cohorts would be energized (emboldened) to engage in even more extreme scorched earth spin info war tactics.

Trump would not go quietly and just more chaos would ensue.

It seems to me that changing our media culture, where extreme spin information warfare is the norm, to more objective, less overwrought political reporting and punditry appears the only path leading to actually “saving our democracy” and “preserving our Constitution,” but don’t hold your breath waiting on our political class and the media, who provide the platforms and fuel that enable spin war to even operate, to ever willingly forswear their vicious and corrupt spin information warfare.  They gain power and make a fortune off of spin war and the American people literally are virtual prisoners whenever they tune in to watch or read American news reporting and commentary.

If you wonder where the epicenter of the American scorched earth spin war is, it’s currently Twitter.  That could change if the American media and political class decide to relocate to some other online social media hub, but for now it’s Twitter.  President Trump understood the blue check-mark crowd politicians, journalists and pundits generate spin cycles on Twitter.

Twitter is a modern public square where many voices discuss, debate and share their views. Media personalities, politicians and the public turn to social networks for real-time information and reactions to the day’s events. But compared with the U.S. public overall, which voices are represented on Twitter?”

https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2019/04/24/sizing-up-twitter-users/

Pew Research Center came up with some interesting statistics about Twitter usage in America, like only 22% of Americans actually use Twitter.  Out of that 22%, the actual number of Twitter users generating and keeping America’s spin war blowing is even smaller:

“In addition to teasing out these differences between Twitter users and the population as a whole, this analysis also highlights the sizable diversity among Twitter users themselves. The median user tweets just twice each month, but a small cohort of extremely active Twitter users posts with much greater regularity. As a result, much of the content posted by Americans on Twitter reflects a small number of authors. The 10% of users who are most active in terms of tweeting are responsible for 80% of all tweets created by U.S. users.”

Most of the social media spin attacks generate from Twitter amplification, even if the original video or photos originated on a different social media platform.  For instance, the Covington Catholic video started on Instagram, was picked up and amplifed on Twitter:

“Late on Friday, the account posted a minute-long video showing the now-iconic confrontation between a Native American elder and the high school students, with the caption, “This MAGA loser gleefully bothering a Native American protester at the Indigenous Peoples March.”
That version of the video was viewed at least 2.5 million times and was retweeted at least 14,400 times, according to a cached version of the tweet seen by CNN Business.
The video shared by @2020fight did not show what preceded the confrontation between the Native American elder and the high school students.
The video had been posted earlier on Instagram by someone who was at the event, but it was @2020fight’s caption that helped frame the news cycle.”

Of course, the biggest Twitter “influencer” in the world is President Donald J. Trump and he knows it.  Twitter gives him a direct path, bypassing the mainstream media gatekeepers, to tweet instantly.  He uses his Twitter account to generate his own spin attacks and incite his followers, but he also disrupts or blows-up Dem/mainstream media spin attacks, often with a single tweet.

The main thing working against America actually having another “civil war” in the sense of actual combatants engaging in real war is this 10% of the American population on Twitter running 24/7 agitation propaganda (our domestic spin war) would have to put down their cell phones and get off their butts to make that happen…

I just don’t see that happening, although it seems prudent to expect more random loons getting incited and acting out and more of the silly mob street protest antics, where loudmouth political agitators spew from their soapboxes , while their “followers,” and especially their media enablers, rush to tweet out video highlights and hype the “crowd size”…

I suspect more blood would be spilled, as heads exploded from the mind-crushing stupidity, than from actual “war,” as America’s scorched earth spin war spewed into more virulent partisan divides.  Spin war has real impacts for the American people being ruthlessly manipulated by agitation propaganda 24/7, but for the participants, well, many of them get noticed and gain a following to whom they can hawk books, elicit campaign donations, and become a blue check-mark worthy “influencer” on Twitter…

So much “winning.”

 

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Woke Twitter Spin Mob Attacks Again

Last night on Twitter, I observed what appeared to me, another orchestrated Dem spin mob smear operation, very similar to the Covington Catholic kids and that Native American protester/Vet, Nathan Phillips viral video attack smearing the Covington Catholic boys as racists.  This time the video and photos circulating on Twitter were of a white cadet at the Army-Navy football game, making a hand sign of what used to be the “Okay” hand sign, but is now hyped as being a “white power symbol.”

The hand sign was captured on a news report, as the cadet was right behind the reporter.  The interesting part of this is how this liberal social media mob attack progressed in a matter of hours from some anonymous Twitter accounts launching the photos and video narrative, to a full-blown news event, with major news organizations putting out stories about this cadet and West Point and Annapolis announcing they are investigating “the incident.”

All of this stemmed from some leftist activists spinning up a video and still photos of that cadet and framing it as a racist incident.

One of the big “amplifiers” (the term the info war expert crowd uses) BrooklynDad_Defiant, who has some big name followers among his 353,000+ following, like Cory Booker, Donna Brazile, Carolyn Maloney,  Van Jones, and Ari Melber, racked up  12,500 retweets of his version of this cadet incident:

By late last night a DCExaminer reporter, Jerry Dunleavy tweeted:

And today several MSNBC mouthpieces were hyping this cadet story.

It only took a few hours for a liberal social media outrage spin effort to generate a media “scandal” and get officials at two service academies to bow down and launch investigations, all before anyone even talked to this poor cadet, who has now been publicly labeled a racist.

Why aren’t journalists investigating these partisan, orchestrated Twitter spin smear attacks?

 

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Gloomy Spin Forecast

I haven’t read through the Horowitz IG report yet, only skimmed a small bit of it, so I don’t feel confident to write much about the report yet.  I do feel confident enough to say Horowitz found the Steele dossier to be totally unreliable, uncorroborated and due to the reliance on second and third sources, who were relaying rumors (not events they had any actual firsthand knowledge of), that “dossier”  is just malicious gossip.  That so many Obama officials, especially in the intelligence agencies and FBI bought into that dossier so completely should shock every American.  That the mainstream media sold the Steele dossier without any independent verification or corroboration, speaks volumes about what the mainstream media is… and what it is not.

As I’ve been harping on for years now, the mainstream media, by and large, serves as a massive spin conduit of the Democratic Party and Democrat spin operatives.  I really have been studying the Dem/media  spin information warfare since the 1990s and since 1999, determined to work to defeat spin war in America.  I’m not interested in defeating  Dems, Trump, specific partisans, or people in the media, I believe the larger battle is to get enough Americans committed to rejecting  spin information warfare as an acceptable way for American partisans and media to operate political messaging operations and media smear campaigns.  Yes, yes, I know, talk about a Forlorn hope, lol.

With the public exposure of the Steele dossier, as just part of a massive Clinton campaign/DNC scorched earth spin operation to smear Trump as a “Russian asset,” you might think many mainstream media journalists would be apologizing for their reporting bogus partisan spin smears for 3 years, but you’d be wrong.  The response is silence.  The mainstream media is one long wall of silence, as they ignore Trump-friendly media pointing out all the bogus Trump-Russia reporting over the past three years.  Many Trump-friendly reporters and pundits have spent two days on Twitter retweeting mainstream media Steele dossier reporting and demanding apologies, but it’s highly doubtful that will ever happen.

My best guess, if past is prologue, is the Dem spin operatives (many who are prominent mainstream media personalities) will start rewriting a new Trump-Russia spin script and once this Horowitz report furor dies down, slowly they will begin reseeding discredited parts of Steele’s dossier garbage and recasting it as now being partially corroborated or not completely false, due to some new “evidence” they conjure up with their new spin script.  They can not afford to admit this entire Trump-Russia Collusion story was all one huge partisan smear campaign, but that’s what it was.

During the Dems’ Brett Kavanaugh smear campaign, not a single one of the witnesses, whom Christine Blasey Ford named as being at the party where she claimed she was assaulted, remembers any such party or event ever happening.  Even Ford’s girlfriend, Leland Keyser, stated she never attended any party like that and that she has never even met Brett Kavanaugh.  A year after that Dem Kavanaugh smear campaign, two NYT reporters wrote a book on the Kavanaugh story.  In their media appearances, they were trying to resurrect Ford’s story as “credible” and yet, they failed to highlight the most important piece of new information they uncovered.  Keyser told them that Ford friends had contacted her and pressured her to change her story and back Ford’s account or she would have embarrassing personal information leaked to the media.  Too bad these ace reporters didn’t try to investigate who these Ford friends were and if anyone else was behind that blackmail effort.

The mainstream media in America now serves as just a spin front for the Democratic Party and political Left.  So, while they report on the FOX News Trump spin propaganda constantly (and yes, FOX is without question a Trump spin megaphone), they see themselves as the “real journalists” tirelessly chasing down “facts”.  And oddly all of these media spin warriors, seem to see themselves as noble, ethical… truth-tellers.

Our domestic scorched earth spin information war shows no signs of either side “winning” and in fact, what on earth is “winning” in an info war dedicated to spreading more and more spin garbage (LIES) faster and faster, in hopes of drowning out the other’s side’s spin (LIES)?  Not just our media suffers from the degradation of this spin war, all of America suffers too.  America will continue to lose credibility, continue to lose prestige, continue the escalating factionalization of our republic.  Our institutions will continue to decline and be corrupted by this “by any means necessary” political ethos, while the threads of civil society that hold our society together will further fray.

Yes, quite a gloomy forecast, but again – Trump didn’t win with the Horowtiz IG report, because in a world where #Resist mentality dominates, Dems no longer accept outcomes (or facts) they don’t like.  Alarmingly, neither does Trump.

Enough with the dire warnings, here’s a link to an Andrew McCarthy podcast with Rich Lowry, where they discuss the Horowitz report: https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-mccarthy-report/episode-67-examining-the-ig-report/

I wanted to mention that despite my best intentions to write more blog posts, it’s very hard to work on my blog in the past year.  My husband requires a lot more care and many days it’s hard to stay focused on organizing my thoughts, let alone trying to write something coherent.  I still hope to continue writing blog posts, as I can.

Many thanks to the readers, who stop by, and especially to JK, a loyal poster of comments, who provides me many great links and ideas.

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Life in America’s scorched earth SPIN hell

I didn’t watch more than a few minutes, here or there, of the legal experts testifying this past week, as Congressman, Jerry Nadler, opened his first impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.  I gave up on reading transcripts and government reports too.  Perhaps, I’ll pay closer attention as this impeachment sideshow plods on, but for now – this whole pathetic spin circus is a national embarrassment.

Byron York wrote a piece, On Trump impeachment, Democrats pivot back to Russia, yesterday, that sums up this impeachment sideshow:

But on Thursday, Pelosi said Democrats have not acted in haste at all, because the current Ukraine investigation is actually a continuation of the two-and-a-half-year Russia investigation. In fact, it’s not about Ukraine at all. It’s still about Russia.

“This isn’t about Ukraine,” Pelosi said. “It’s about Russia. Who benefited by our withholding — withholding of that military assistance? Russia. It’s about Russia. Russia invading eastern Ukraine. Over 10,000 people, now maybe 13,000, some of them in the absence of our conveying that military assistance that was voted in a bipartisan way by the Congress of the United States. So sometimes people say, ‘Well, I don’t know about Ukraine. I don’t know that much about Ukraine.’ Well, our adversary in this is Russia. All roads lead to Putin. Understand that.”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/on-trump-impeachment-democrats-pivot-back-to-russia

Good citizenship should include trying to be an informed citizen, engaged in following the news and issues of the day.  The media and our political class still pretend they’re working hard to provide us with “facts” and reporting on “serious events” affecting us, but trying to navigate through the daily doses of Democrat and mainstream media Red Scare hysteria selling Trump outrage spin or the Trump and FOX News punditry circular logic defending against or feigning ignorance about Trump’s latest outrage leaves me exhausted and frankly, embarrassed by our American political scorched earth spin war.  That so many politicians and news media “professionals” actually seem to believe they’re working to “save our democracy” or on the side of the angels seeking only “the truth, ” scares me, because either these people are the most clueless nincompoops alive or they are shameless political hacks and media charlatans, willing to sell any spin lie to gain political advantage, score a few ratings points or garner some clicks online.  Increasingly, I just glance at the spin headlines, listen to a few video takes, then throw my hands up in disgust and tune out most of the political spin.

How we ended up here boils down to 2016 presidential political corruption led to Dems and the mainstream media engaging in a massive spin dirty trick promoting Trump, by giving him billions of dollars in free media, all to derail the GOP primary.  Trump gained a following.  Dems then pivoted to a massive scorched earth spin effort to slay the spin monster, Trump the GOP Insurgent, whom they worked so hard to promote.  Their spin monster creation ended up winning the election and the Clinton machine, high-level Obama peeps and Dems, plus their vast array of liberal friends in the media then launched their #Resist scorched earth spin effort, dedicated to derailing Trump’s presidency, by any means necessary.  Here we are, almost three years later, and nothing has changed, except Trump has become more battle-hardened against Dem/media spin attacks, Trump-friendly media has become as willing as the liberal media to launch corrupt spin attacks and Republicans, who once cowered and surrendered quickly under Dem/media spin attacks, now, by and large, just double down on supporting Trump and/or ignoring the Dem/media spin attacks.

Both political parties and the news media in America hunker down in enemy camps, determined to inflict as much spin damage on the opposing side as possible.

What should have been only a few months of scorched earth political spin war, from the end of our 2016 primary season/beginning of the general election season to election day, instead has turned into an entrenched, take no prisoners, three-year long political battle to destroy Trump’s presidency by any means necessary.  The Dems and mainstream media tirelessly work to report only negative-slanted news about Trump and his presidency, they’ve left no stone unturned searching for Trump dirt, and in the absence of any “new” Trump outrage to report on, well, they recycle through the same tired repertoire of Trump scorched earth spin themes… Trump the Russian asset, Trump the Sexual Abuser, Trump the Crook, Trump the Demented/Dementia case, etc. etc., etc.

Our politics and news media have devolved into competing third-rate reality TV shows, so the “plots” veer more to tired publicity stunts, absurd gimmicks, and insultingly lame spin narratives, all repetitively cycled through, as America descends into scorched earth spin hell.  Each repetitive Trump outrage media spin cycle plummets us further toward a looming information void, where the American people will no longer believe anything the news media reports and the news media becomes so mired in their own convoluted spin narratives, that they meander, hopelessly lost in the maze of, dare I use the term, “fake news,”  that they created.  It’s not just Trump spinning fake news, it’s Democrats, liberal mainstream media, Trumpy Fox News, and yes, this scorched earth spin war provides an unguarded media environment for hostile foreign disinformation operations.  Our own partisans and their respective media spin forces will believe ( and amplify) any negative story about the other side.

My big picture take can be summed up with it’s most disturbing watching retired foreign policy experts, top military leaders and former intelligence officials get caught up in various “spin narratives.” become agitated and or sound hysterical based on the latest scorched earth spin narrative blazing across the media.  When I  start listening to these people or read their angry op-ed screeds (mostly anti-Trump ones), what strikes me most is how quickly I can discern which spin narratives, along this scorched earth spin trail, they’ve meandered down.  It’s easy to navigate from their present hysterical outraged take and backtrack to which media they “trust” and “believe” report “facts” and which bubble of “cohorts” in this spin war they’re aligned with.  Yes, these former apolitical national security people sound more and more like rabid partisan spin warriors than leaders committed to America writ large.  That scares me.

So, now my little picture take on this impeachment sideshow:  It’s a train wreck, on both sides.  Dems launched a major scorched earth spin war offensive, but can’t even seem to get their spin straight on what grave crime or high crimes and misdemeanors Trump’s committed.  Dems started with dramatic allegations of Trump committed a quid pro quo in a phone call with President Zelensky of Ukraine, back in July, by demanding investigations into the Bidens and withholding military aid to Ukraine to pressure Zelensky.  On this allegation, after reading through some of the released transcripts from Schiff’s private hearings, I leaned toward supporting impeachment and yes, I believe Trump was pressuring Zelensky to open investigations into a list of matters, from 2016 corruption to Burisma to the Bidens to some unfathomable allegation about Crowdstrike and some secret DNC server.  I still believe Trump mainly wanted these investigations opened to inflict political damage on Joe Biden, yet Trump insists that July call was a “perfect call.”

Trump’s Republican mouthpieces have meandered far and wide, from saying his call was “inappropriate, but not impeachable” all the way to going full-Trumpian adopting the “perfect call” spin.  With Trump, who on earth even knows what he believes about Ukraine and assuredly, watching Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, wildly tweet allegations, assert he has a RICO chart ready, hint at ominous revelations to come, as he gallivants around Ukraine gathering “evidence,” this seems more like a bad script for another movie about grumpy old men run amok.

There’s been so much underhanded Adam Schiff and Dem efforts to craft that one phone call into “an impeachable offense,” that in the real world would likely rise to gross prosecutorial misconduct, that I think this impeachment effort, at this point, lacks legitimacy and has been so poorly managed by Dems that it’s more a scorched earth media spin event than anything remotely about saving our republic from a corrupt president.  Dems appear to have spent more time plotting their spin theatrics than on investigating the allegations.  They appear to be working on a tight partisan timeline rather than trying to take the time to secure witness testimony and run a fair process, but most telling that this is all just spin sideshow is Dems went from quid pro quo as the reason Trump had to be impeached immediately, to extortion, to bribery and lo’ and behold the reason has now pivoted back to “Russia”…

Since Dems rolled out Fiona Hill, The Non-Partisan, national security expert, to testify, I became disillusioned and disgusted with the Dem/media spin sideshow masquerading as a serious impeachment effort. Their impeachment spin narrative made a dramatic pivot back to Trump=Russia spin theme.  Hill set that pivot in motion hyping the Dem spin line that she wants no part in advancing Republican spin that promotes dastardly Russian disinformation, which frames Ukraine as the culprit in 2016 attacks against our election. Russia did massively interfere in our election, but there were mainstream news media reports about much smaller Ukraine interference too. Now to even mention Ukraine interfered has been spun as promoting Russian disinformation…

So, not only is Trump a Russian asset, but in this latest Dem/media scorched earth spin attack… Republicans who dare even mention Ukraine interfered in our 2016 are now Russian assets too…

Here are a few mainstream media news reports on Ukraine interference:

1/11/17, Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire,  and David Stern by Kenneth Vogel at Politico

7/13,2017, Did Ukraine try to interfere in the 2016 election on Clinton’s behalf, CBS News

12/12/18, Ukraine Court Rules Manafort Disclosures Caused “meddling” in U.S. Election, NY Times by Andrew E. Kramer

12/12/16, a Daily Beast article on the Manafort ledger

As for me, I’m devoting my energy to reading more books that interest me and way less time to this idiotic scorched earth spin information war.

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Thoughts on America’s looming corruption crisis

Jonathan Turley, penned an interesting op-ed, Repulsed by the ‘lynching’ scandal? Just wait for the impeachment trial, highlighting what a trial in the Senate would be like if Trump is impeached for using his public office for personal gain.  Turley writes:

“The Senate may be the worst jury in world. As someone who has tried a case before that body, I would move to strike half of them for cause in a real courtroom. In that impeachment trial of a judge, I had jury figures like Republican Senator David Vitter, who had escaped criminal charges over his admitted use of prostitutes in Washington. Indeed, he sat there in judgment of a judge accused of improper conduct involving gambling and other acts, such as the payment of a stripper by a lawyer.

Trump would be judged on self-dealing by a jury that would include Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, charged with corruption for exchanging official acts for gifts from a wealthy doctor. All politicians are self-dealers who use their offices to advance their ambitions. It is in their blood. The fact is that “public service” often means “self-service” to those in political power. Watching a trial on self-dealing with this jury is like having Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman sit on a college admissions board. They certainly have experience, just not the right kind.”

The Dem impeachment effort timing seems tied to the Barr/Durham investigation expansion and the completed Horowitz FISA abuse report that’s being being slow-walked to being released.  Since last month, I’ve believed that the Clinton political machine is the driving force in this Trump-Ukraine whistleblower revelation and the ramped up “impeachment inquiry” effort.

Along with the Dem impeachment hysteria came Hillary and Chelsea Clinton hitting the media circuit touting their new book, “Gutsy Women,” which looks like nothing more than a convenient stage prop for Hillary to use as a media hook to interject herself into the media’s Trump impeachment drama and position herself for a 2020 run.

Since Hillary lost in 2016, my belief has been that there’s no way Hillary would sit back and let another Dem woman become positioned to be elected as the first female U.S. president in history, but with the ramped up Barr/Durham investigation, my sense is several prominent high officials in the Obama administration might be in serious legal jeopardy.  There is no way the Clintons or the Democratic Party bigwigs will ever allow top Obama officials to be indicted over 2016 corruption, aiding the Clintons’ scorched earth efforts to destroy Trump.

If Hillary does jump into the 2020 race, although some of the far-left factions will loudly complain, Obama, Biden, all their cronies and the entire mainstream media, which runs Dem spin 24/7, without any hesitation, will all unite quickly.  The Clinton corruption spread throughout the Democratic Party many years ago, so it’s a vast corrupt political machine, run almost like an organized crime syndicate, that will “resist” every effort at having any top Obama officials being indicted or held accountable in any way.

Yesterday, the mainstream media went into hysterics about an ill-advised Republican spin stunt of barging into Adam Schiff’s private House Intelligence Committee hearing in a House SCIF.  And granted it was a total affront to House rules.  The problem though is Adam Schiff’s secret hearings, where he and the Dems selectively leak sensational tidbits to the mainstream media to damage Trump is a thoroughly corrupt process too.

The Democrats long ago decided that they will only follow rules they like and they invent new ones based on political expediency and whenever they sense a media advantage to stage some new political spin theater.  For instance, the grotesque Kavanaugh scorched earth smear campaign was orchestrated to hijack the vote on a completed Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing.  Schumer and the other Dems jumped right on-board that orchestrated smear campaign.  Top Dem senators mindlessly repeated the spin that in alleged sexual assault cases the accused is guilty until proven innocent, a complete and total corruption of one of our American basic foundational principles.  Democrats did the same thing in 1998, making excuses for Bill Clinton lying under oath. Their party’s abdication of defending the rule of law has led to widespread corruption and a total collapse of any standards. The Dem embrace of mass media spin information warfare, a corrupt form of repetitive messaging used to manipulate and deceive the American people, fuels and enables the widespread Dem corruption.

While the House GOP barging into Schiff’s hearing today seemed outrageous to me, I’m finding it hard to get worked up when only a few days ago, Dems and the mainstream media were breezily brushing off the State Dept report on security violations in the Hillary Clinton run State Department, where they found 588 valid security violations and out of those in 497 of them, no one was found culpable, so I guess ghosts mishandled that classified information…  The report findings were a total whitewash and the mainstream media leaped into action to brush it under the carpet.

I expect the Horowitz report to be the same type of whitewash effort, because the high and mighty in Washington must be protected at all costs rather than being held to the highest standards, which would really protect our governmental institutions.  Instead, the powers that be in Washington protect the powerful and connected, especially within the Democratic Party.

If Durham and Barr attempt to indict any former Obama top officials, the mainstream media smear machine will likely spin into outer space to destroy them.

Some people really are above the law in America, especially the Clinton machine and powerful Dems in Washington.

Trump and his “GOP Insurgency” was a Clinton/Dem/mainstream media driven spin nightmare to wreak havoc on the GOP primary, but Trump was duly elected and the Clinton machine will never rest until Trump is destroyed.  Without a doubt Trump is a very corrupt man, who rivals the Clintons in willingness to break any rules that get in the way of his ambitions.  He even rivals the Clintons when it comes to mendacity and that assuredly is quite a feat.

The relentless and extremely corrupt Dem spin effort to drive Trump out of office coupled with Trump’s equally corrupt effort to thwart the Dem effort to destroy him, assures our American governmental institutions will continue to implode under the weight of this endless scorched earth spin information warfare, the wholesale public corruption and rapidly fraying commitment to the rule of law in Washington, where partisans have one set of rules for their side and another set for the other side.

It’s only going to get much worse.

 

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Gut Instincts

In my last post  I mentioned my reliance on my gut instinct in formulating what is, admittedly, a conspiracy theory.  Interestingly enough, Trump has stated many times he trusts his gut when making decisions too.  Somehow though I suspect there’s a yuge difference between his process and mine, so I’ll explain a bit about how I make my gut decisions identifying the Clinton/Dem/mainstream media spin operations in the media and how I analyze any news pertaining to the actions or public comments and appearances of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Studying propaganda and military information warfare operations has been an interest of mine starting in 1980, when I became interested in studying the Cold War, while in the Army.  Another hobby, of sorts, has been watching people, because people fascinate me.  I also developed a habit of reading a lot of government reports, starting with a hand-me-down copy of The Warren Commission report my oldest sister had sitting around the house.  I read many reports  after big political controversies and calamities, but I also find military after-action reports fascinating.  Add these interests to my news junkie habit that developed when I was probably around 11 or 12, and these habits help guide my “gut instinct”, which fails badly sometimes, but sometimes it’s way ahead of the media reporting.

I also look for patterns of behavior (how people operate/what their personal signature of actions looks like and work on trying to put together a timeline of events or political activities connected to the situation.

Trump, from what I can glean, bases his gut instinct based on his complete faith in his superior dealmaking skills.

Back in the early 90s, I became very interested in the Clinton “war room” and their spin operations. It was something very different than normal political messaging in American presidential politics.  Bill Clinton’s ability to mask his true meaning behind deceptive language fascinated me, to the point, I would often listen closely to what he said in a speech and then look at quotes from the speech that were reported in the news and marvel at how clever he was at saying one thing and meaning exactly the opposite.  Bill and Hillary Clinton both are extremely mendacious people and so is Donald J. Trump but the differences between the Clinton spin operations and comparing that to Trump’s spin sideshow is like comparing fencing to a WWE wrestling match.

Often in combat, guerilla disruption operations prove very successful.  In this endless scorched earth spin information war, Trump disrupts and often hijacks the carefully constructed Dem talking points messaging, that relies on a large network of political operatives, sympathetic news media conduits and Hollywood celebs.  Trump is a one-man show spin guerilla fighter, who routinely, with just a single tweet or public statement, completely disrupts a carefully constructed Dem spin attack.  It’s a large ponderous network vs. an unpredictable, lone spin guerilla, who attacks at random and without any warning.

Along with following the news, I’ve read many of the books that came out on the Clintons (friendly and unfriendly viewpoints), I read books by Democrat political operatives too, like Carville, Dick Morris, John Podesta, etc.  I recently saw David Axelrod’s book, Believer, which I found in my local Dollar Tree store for a $1, so I bought it. I intend to read Ken Starr’s book, Contempt, too, but I have a long list of books I want to get through before I buy that.  I even have a couple books on Trump too.  Another habit of mine is to read bios online of people and political events, to try to understand where they came from.  This brings me back to trusting “gut instinct” –  some people’s quick decisions might be more reliable than others, based on how they go about analyzing situations.

The caveat to trusting “gut instinct” is no human system based on making fast judgments is ever going to be 100% accurate  and it’s best to keep paying attention to new information that develops and be open to admitting some of your “gut instinct” assessments were incorrect and try to improve.

In 2005, Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book, Blink: the Power of Thinking Without Thinking, where he describes this process:

“Thin-slicing” refers to the ability of our unconscious to find patterns in situations and behavior based on very narrow slices of experience.

Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink (p. 37). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.

Two situations described in this book interested me.  Retired Marine Corps general, Paul Van Riper is without a doubt one of the most brilliant military strategists in America. Gladwell explains Van Riper was selected to lead the Red Team, playing a rogue military leader in the Persian Gulf, heading a terrorist group in Millenium Challenge ‘o2, a very expensive U.S. military wargaming exercise.  In the exercise Blue Team was meant to test the U.S. military’s new operational system, relying on high-tech systems that provided all the super-duper complex computer assessments and analysis, which would provide vast amounts of information quickly.  The Red Team rogue leader, Van Riper played, didn’t have all those high-tech systems:

“Millennium Challenge, in other words, was not just a battle between two armies. It was a battle between two perfectly opposed military philosophies. Blue Team had their databases and matrixes and methodologies for systematically understanding the intentions and capabilities of the enemy. Red Team was commanded by a man who looked at a long-haired, unkempt, seat-of-the pants commodities trader yelling and pushing and making a thousand instant decisions an hour and saw in him a soul mate.

On the opening day of the war game, Blue Team poured tens of thousands of troops into the Persian Gulf. They parked an aircraft carrier battle group just offshore of Red Team’s home country. There, with the full weight of its military power in evidence, Blue Team issued an eight-point ultimatum to Van Riper, the eighth point being the demand to surrender. They acted with utter confidence, because their Operational Net Assessment matrixes told them where Red Team’s vulnerabilities were, what Red Team’s next move was likely to be, and what Red Team’s range of options was. But Paul Van Riper did not behave as the computers predicted.

Blue Team knocked out his microwave towers and cut his fiber-optics lines on the assumption that Red Team would now have to use satellite communications and cell phones and they could monitor his communications.

“They said that Red Team would be surprised by that,” Van Riper remembers. “Surprised? Any moderately informed person would know enough not to count on those technologies. That’s a Blue Team mind-set. Who would use cell phones and satellites after what happened to Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan? We communicated with couriers on motorcycles, and messages hidden inside prayers. They said, ‘How did you get your airplanes off the airfield without the normal chatter between pilots and the tower?’ I said, ‘Does anyone remember World War Two? We’ll use lighting systems.’”

Suddenly the enemy that Blue Team thought could be read like an open book was a bit more mysterious. What was Red Team doing? Van Riper was supposed to be cowed and overwhelmed in the face of a larger foe. But he was too much of a gunslinger for that. On the second day of the war, he put a fleet of small boats in the Persian Gulf to track the ships of the invading Blue Team navy. Then, without warning, he bombarded them in an hour-long assault with a fusillade of cruise missiles. When Red Team’s surprise attack was over, sixteen American ships lay at the bottom of the Persian Gulf. Had Millennium Challenge been a real war instead of just an exercise, twenty thousand American servicemen and women would have been killed before their own army had even fired a shot. “

As the Red force commander, I’m sitting there and I realize that Blue Team had said that they were going to adopt a strategy of preemption,” Van Riper says. “So I struck first. We’d done all the calculations on how many cruise missiles their ships could handle, so we simply launched more than that, from many different directions, from offshore and onshore, from air, from sea. We probably got half of their ships. We picked the ones we wanted. The aircraft carrier. The biggest cruisers. There were six amphibious ships. We knocked out five of them.””

Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink (pp. 185-189). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.

While it’s a gross insult to General Van Riper’s strategic brilliance to compare him to Donald J. Trump in any way, I think  a very  general “complicated system vs. a very simple, unpredictable system” analogy  holds up.  General Van Riper was playing a rogue military leader of terrorists with few military assets pitted against the most high-tech military in the world.  Scorched earth spin information warfare, on the other hand is sleazy mass media propaganda games and smear campaigns, so it was the Clinton/Dem/mainstream media manipulative word games/smear campaigns vs. Trump, the crass, loudmouth reality TV star blazing insults across the airwaves and mean tweets on his personal Twitter account.  I just don’t think it takes ‘brilliant” strategists to ruthlessly manipulate people, spread outrageous lies and wage vicious smear campaigns.  It takes total amorality of thousands of slithering snakes in the grass vs. a giant hissing orange-skinned snake.

Gladwell gives numerous examples of how sometimes thin-slices of information can give you enough information to make those, almost “thinking without thinking” determinations based on a pattern, you detect very quickly.  I read a book a long while ago, dealing with some of this “in a glance” concept, which Von Clausewitz, a brilliant military strategist, referred to this ability as Napoleon’s Glance, and used the term coup d’oeil.  William Duggan in his book, Napoleon’s Glance writes:

“Coup d’oeil was the secret of Napoleon’s success.  He made no innovations himself: Instead, he studied in detail the winning campaigns of the great generals who came before him, all the way back to Alexander the Great more than two thousand years before.  Napoleon imitated their tactics but always in a new combination that fit the present situation.  He put his army in motion with no particular destination, until he saw in a glance a coup d’oeil a chance to win a battle.  The place and time were completely unpredictable, and he passed up more battles than he fought.”

Napoleon’s Glance, written by William Duggan, page 4

Gladwell also touched on coup d’oeil in his book, Blink, and described a WWII situation pertaining to British women recruited to listen to German radio broadcasts:

“In the Second World War, the British assembled thousands of so-called interceptors— mostly women— whose job it was to tune in every day and night to the radio broadcasts of the various divisions of the German military. The Germans were, of course, broadcasting in code, so— at least in the early part of the war— the British couldn’t understand what was being said. But that didn’t necessarily matter, because before long, just by listening to the cadence of the transmission, the interceptors began to pick up on the individual fists of the German operators, and by doing so, they knew something nearly as important, which was who was doing the sending. “If you listened to the same call signs over a certain period, you would begin to recognize that there were, say, three or four different operators in that unit, working on a shift system, each with his own characteristics,” says Nigel West, a British military historian. “And invariably, quite apart from the text, there would be the preambles, and the illicit exchanges. How are you today? How’s the girlfriend? What’s the weather like in Munich? So you fill out a little card, on which you write down all that kind of information, and pretty soon you have a kind of relationship with that person.”

The interceptors came up with descriptions of the fists and styles of the operators they were following. They assigned them names and assembled elaborate profiles of their personalities. After they identified the person who was sending the message, the interceptors would then locate their signal. So now they knew something more. They knew who was where. West goes on: “The interceptors had such a good handle on the transmitting characteristics of the German radio operators that they could literally follow them around Europe— wherever they were. That was extraordinarily valuable in constructing an order of battle, which is a diagram of what the individual military units in the field are doing and what their location is. If a particular radio operator was with a particular unit and transmitting from Florence, and then three weeks later you recognized that same operator, only this time he was in Linz, then you could assume that that particular unit had moved from northern Italy to the eastern front. Or you would know that a particular operator was with a tank repair unit and he always came up on the air every day at twelve o’clock. But now, after a big battle, he’s coming up at twelve, four in the afternoon, and seven in the evening, so you can assume that unit has a lot of work going on. And in a moment of crisis, when someone very high up asks, ‘Can you really be absolutely certain that this particular Luftwaffe Fliegerkorps [German air force squadron] is outside of Tobruk and not in Italy?’ you can answer, ‘Yes, that was Oscar, we are absolutely sure.’””

Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink (pp. 45-47). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.

I don’t know if my “gut instinct” when it comes to identifying the Clinton/Dem spin attacks and smear campaigns launching in the media and their endless corrupt political power plays has more to do with Gladwell’s  “thinking without thinking” concept,  coup d’oeil or is more akin to Gavin DeBecker’s, The Gift of Fear, after surviving  the Clinton’s ruthlessness during impeachment in 1998…

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A conspiracy theory

Here’s a conspiracy theory/recurrent pondering of mine about the 2016 election for which I have no proof, just a gut instinct that something was very amiss with Trump’s “GOP Insurgency”.

When Trump entered the race and began his run, he began using “spin messaging” that struck me as Clinton machine spin messaging.  I’ve been studying the Clinton spin, which evolved to dominate the entire Democratic Party, since the 1990s, trying  to understand how it works.  Clinton spin operations work only with massive mass media amplification and mass media smear campaigns.  With the Clinton spin operations, the efficient use of spreading their talking points spin messaging among political operatives and friendly media took hold.  Many people within the American news media and Hollywood work to spread that spin messaging.

With the advent of social media, Twitter serves as the online hang-out for the American news media and political punditry class, Twitter is where American news is generated and amplified, with rapid fire retweets.  It’s almost like trained dogs now, as many journalists repeat Dem spin messaging verbatim and treat it  as verified reporting, just like Republicans repeat pro-Trump spin   The mainstream media relies on only anti-Trump sources as their “trusted sources” Each side runs their spin/news reporting within an impenetrable echo chamber.

Until Donald Trump, the Republicans lost in the spin messaging battle in the mainstream media for decades.  Republicans and conservatives complained often and loudly about “media bias,” but it wasn’t “bias”, it was a corrupt news system, where the mainstream media worked to amplify the Dems spin messaging,  Without the media being a willing and active participant in the Dems spin messaging operations, spin messaging would not work.

So, along came Donald Trump and he was spinning just like the Dems and staging rally roadshows, but he had no normal campaign structure.  What he had was not only massive FOX News spin messaging amplification, he had  massive mainstream media amplification?  Why was the mainstream media working to amplify Trump’s “GOP Insurgency” spin messaging?

Well, as 2016 rolled along, through Wikileaks’ leaked Podesta emails, we learned that the Clinton campaign had a Pied Piper strategy to promote the most divisive GOP candidates during the GOP primary  So, who were the most divisive GOP candidates?  Ted Cruz, with his very conservative views and the “GOP Insurgent”, Donald J. Trump.  Funny thing though, the mainstream media did not give Ted Cruz a lot of free media, but Trump received billions of dollars worth of free media, with CNN and MSNBC lavishing Trump with positive media coverage, covering his rallies live and Chuck Todd, the Hillary Clinton hack, even allowed Trump to just phone in interviews. Why?

Trump’s “GOP Insurgency” was a massive Dem spin hoax perpetrated against the GOP to sabotage their primary, in my opinion.

The Clinton machine constructs elaborate, spin operations (it’s comprehensive information warfare strategies they develop).  For instance, this Trump Impeachment spin drama (Trump-Ukraine) was in the works for months, along with the book, Gutsy Women,  Hillary and Chelsea are doing the media rounds hawking.  That book was ghost written by someone and meant to be a stage prop for Hillary to enter the 2020 race as  the “rightful President,  who had the election stolen from her”, but never fear she is going to fight to protect our democracy… if Democrats will only rally around her and do their patriotic duty to destroy Trump… “who is destroying our democracy.”  She’s going to con (strong-arm, if necessary) Democrats to unite behind her to deal with this existential crisis ( a crisis their spin show manufactures).  Okay, let’s be honest the one who goes around strong-arming Democrats is Bill Clinton (see 2016 Loretta Lynch tarmac meeting or photos of Clinton-Obama golfing at Martha’s vineyard in 2015).

I strongly suspect Trump never intended to be president, but wanted to use the publicity to boost his reality TV business.  I believe there was some kind of deal between Trump and Bill Clinton, where Trump would get all this mainstream media attention, running this “GOP Insurgency” con job.  Yes, I believe the Clintons and Trump both conned us in 2016.

I also suspect that in late 2015/early 2016, when the Clinton machine began unloading their mountains of Trump dirt, they’d been sitting on while running the Trump GOP Insurgency on mainstream media, Trump realized he had been double-crossed by Bill Clinton.  Trump doesn’t make deals with little people, he wants to deal only with the head honcho, which leads me to Bill Clinton, Trump’s old golfing buddy.

Unfortunately for the Clintons, Trump’s populist spin messaging worked better than anyone dreamed, plus many demoralized Republicans, used to always losing in the media messaging battle, joined the Trump train in hopes that finally some Republican would beat the Democrats at their own spin game.  Trump’s impossible to ignore reality TV show theatrics helped him enormously too.

If you wonder why the mainstream media has spent the entirety of Trump’s presidency whining about which Trump spokespeople should be allowed on CNN and MSNBC and trying to ban Trump from Twitter, it’s because Trump barged into their corrupt spin messaging turf and they aren’t used to a level playing field.  Biden was urging the mainstream media to ban Rudy Giuliani just this past weekend, because Biden claims Rudy will just lie.   Democrats make this claim as they are relentlessly running  corrupt spin messaging to shutdown Trump and anyone connected with him.  It’s a corrupt cesspool, where Dems wage orchestrated smear campaigns to ruthlessly achieve their political objectives and the mainstream media runs with it.  The corruption is so obvious, for instance, the mainstream media calls the Mueller probe an “investigation”  with Barr’s investigation it’s “dirt-digging” or a “scheme.  This is how the spin word games go.

When Trump won the election, he did not look happy and he had no real plans in place for actually being president.  I suspect his rage at the double-cross and being subjected to non-stop Dem smear operations, made him determined to adjust and instead of going back to his Reality TV show, he turned the US presidency into the biggest reality TV show in the world.

I strongly believe both campaigns in 2016 were thoroughly corrupt.  Both were engaged in seeking Russian dirt and both ran repulsive spin operations.  Trump also embraced the Dems  smear campaign tactics.

With that said, at some point both campaigns wholesale public corruption will become so flagrant and undeniable, especially if, as I would bet money on it, it’s a 2020 rematch of Hillary and Trump, that I wonder how our country will be able to hold together, as they run nuclear level scorched earth spin war 24/7.

America is in for a total spin nightmare, but if the corruption of both Trump and the Clintons ever gets exposed, the Clintons and Trump will join forces to survive – that is my prediction.  It will be the Clintons and Trump destroying any law enforcement effort that attempts to stop them.  They are above the law as long as they control the corrupt media spin operations in America.

I’ll remain forever, proudly, NeverTrump & NeverHillary.

Defending The Constitution always, that’s where my loyalty lies… not with any politicians or political party.

No one should be above the law.

Update to my conspiracy theory ponderings, October 2, 2019:  Suppose Trump doesn’t even really know that his old golfing buddy was behind the entire “GOP Insurency” Dem spin hoax and instead relied on some media peeps to con Trump into believing they were supporting him and they gave Trump this billions of dollars worth of free media.  That might better explain Trump’s ranting about Jeff Zucker and Joe and Mika, lol,  that’s for sure.

This is all just a conspiracy theory of mine and I don’t have a single shred of proof, just clues:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-2-billion-free-media_us_56e83410e4b065e2e3d75935

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/upshot/measuring-donald-trumps-mammoth-advantage-in-free-media.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2016/03/15/the-medias-2b-gift-to-trump/

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/donald-trump-free-tv-ad-217387

Here’s an example of the liberal media con game, I’m referring to:  “Les Moonves Exposes the Trump Media Game”  a 2016 piece by Stephen L. Miller at National Review:

“Fox News granted two nights of town-hall coverage to GOP’s primary candidates to fight over. The night before, MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski had allotted a full primetime hour to Trump.

On the eve of Super Tuesday, Trump sat down in person for an interview with Sean Hannity. On the same night, Trump’s wife, Melania, was sitting down for an interview with Anderson Cooper; this was fresh off the heels of her interview with Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe.

The  Sunday-morning news shows allow Trump to call in for interviews, something practically unheard of for presidential candidates. Yet Chuck Todd, George Stephanopoulos, and Chris Wallace all allow Trump to do so. And last year, CNN even shelved its long-planned tenth-anniversary Hurricane Katrina special hosted by Anderson Cooper. In its place, they aired a post-Trump-rally special with Don Lemon.

TMZ, both online and on their television show, routinely run segments on Trump, as does ET! Greta Van Susteren has frequently invited Trump’s sons on as guests, either in the studio, via satellite, or on the phone. CNN and MSNBC carry Trump’s campaign rallies in full — and Fox, too. Media outlets breathlessly hang on his every word and insult and bombastic threat or incitement, and then they become instantly appalled when one of their own is choke-slammed to the ground by Trump security guards. Such reactions from them are telling.”
https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/03/donald-trump-media-they-use-him-make-money-help-hillary/

Update, October 6, 2019:  As I was thinking a bit more about this, I remembered this other tidbit of information that had been reported – the Trump-Bill Clinton phone call right before Trump entered the race.  Here’s an August 5, 2015 report:

“According to several Trump sources (and one Clinton source) who spoke to the Post, the two men spoke over the phone in late May, shortly before Trump announced his run in June. During the call, the Trump sources said, Clinton “encouraged Trump’s efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party” and “analyzed Trump’s prospects and his desire to rouse the G.O.P. base.”

That conversation, said the anonymous Trump sources, certainly didn’t discourage the billionaire to run: while Clinton never outright told Trump to enter the race, he reportedly told Trump that he was “striking a chord with frustrated conservatives and was a rising force on the right,” and his tone was supposedly “encouraging.”

(This is something a political genius would tell someone with a desire to run for president, especially if that person was a known self-promoter, capable of sucking the air out of a room full of his opponents—and especially if the genius’s wife happened to be running in the party against that known self-promoter.)”

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/08/bill-clinton-called-donald-trump-before-presidential-run-2016

The Vanity Fair article quoted a Washington Post story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bill-clinton-called-donald-trump-ahead-of-republicans-2016-launch/2015/08/05/e2b30bb8-3ae3-11e5-b3ac-8a79bc44e5e2_story.html

Update October 8, 2019:  Another tidbit to add to the my “GOP Insurgent” conspiracy theory came from Howard Stern, friend of Trump’s, who had Trump on his radio show many times.  From a 2017 report:

“Howard Stern has argued nobody was more keen for Hillary Clinton to win than Donald Trump himself.

The radio personality, who is America’s most notorious shock jock, said President Trump was being serious when he recently admitted to missing his “old life”.

In an interview with Reuters ahead of the 100-day mark of his presidency last week, Mr Trump said: “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.””

Further in this article:

“Stern recounts being at Mr Trump’s 126-room Mar-a-Lago resort “when he first announced he was going to win” however it is unclear if he is referring to winning the Republican nomination or the November election.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/howard-stern-donald-trump-hillary-clinton-win-us-election-2016-president-democrat-republican-radio-a7714971.html

And this 2019 article:

“Stern also backed up his statement that Trump did not actually want to be president by noting he was hanging around Mar-a-Lago with Trump and his team when the run was being plotted.

“I know people who orchestrated some of these things,” Stern said. “I was at Mar-a-Lago around when it was announced that Donald was going to run for president, and like everyone else, I thought, Ha-ha-ha. So, knowing Donald, I can tell you with some assurance that I don’t believe that he thought anyone would buy in. Lo and behold, people did. But I’m pretty sure that there was no intention of actually being president.””

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/howard-stern-donald-trump-president-interview-833343/

Here’s the Trump supporter take, which dismisses Stern’s comments:

“An enduring myth about President Trump’s phenomenal 2016 campaign is that the whole thing was a lark, a stunt intended to do nothing but build Trump’s “brand” and make him more famous.

The only reason this tale persists is because it feeds into the media narrative that Trump’s victory was a freak accident and his supporters are a bunch of idiot patsies.”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/heres-how-you-know-howard-sterns-theory-that-trump-never-wanted-to-win-is-false

I don’t believe Trump supporters were patsies, I believe that mass media spin to the tune of billions of dollars in free media can sell just about anything to large number of Americans, then couple that with the anger within conservative circles that the GOP consistently lost to the Dem spin game.  Along came a guy who fought back in the media and was actually winning the spin game.  Added to this, among conservatives who jumped on board the Trump train a viewpoint was aggressively put forth that the Left’s culture war was destroying America and 2016 was our last best hope of saving America – the Flight 93 doctrine, a morally-bankrupt binary choice argument for Trump,  was born:

https://www.claremont.org/crb/basicpage/the-flight-93-election/

 

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