Trump vs Mainstream Media

The useless idiots of mainstream media and why they’ll lose to Trump

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The useless idiots of mainstream media and why they'll lose to Trump

There has never been a U.S. Pres­i­dent like Don­ald Trump. It’s not his his­tory, his ide­olo­gies, or even his style that make him com­pletely unique. All of these traits have prece­dents in some form or fash­ion. The one thing that truly makes Pres­i­dent Trump dif­fer­ent from every other Pres­i­dent before him is his abil­ity to make main­stream media look like absolute fools.

Jour­nal­ists have always had the upper hand. When they had a Pres­i­dent they didn’t like such as George W. Bush, they could selec­tively pick out quotes that made him look silly while aggres­sively exam­in­ing his mis­steps with a micro­scope. When they had a Pres­i­dent they liked such as Barack Obama, they could just hang out with the guy and fawn over his clever quips.

With Trump, the media is trip­ping all over them­selves, falling flat on their faces in the process. They seem to finally under­stand that Twit­ter is where they’re going to get their “sound bites” instead of directly from the mouth of the Pres­i­dent. This is the only pos­i­tive in the eyes of the media to hav­ing Trump as Pres­i­dent. Every­thing else makes their jobs not only harder but poten­tially dangerous.

We’ve seen dis­in­for­ma­tion com­ing from the admin­is­tra­tion that essen­tially puts the media on notice. They fell hard for reports that the National Guard would be turned into a depor­ta­tion force. Only after report­ing the memo did the admin­is­tra­tion come out and say it was false despite attempts to ver­ify it before the report. This was done specif­i­cally to pro­mote the administration’s nar­ra­tive that main­stream media posts fake news con­stantly. More recently, we saw the Pres­i­dent him­self act as a “senior admin­is­tra­tion offi­cial” to leak a story that he “envi­sions a bill allow­ing many immi­grants to stay in US.” The moti­va­tion behind this one was even fun­nier. He wanted to get press cov­er­age before his big speech before Con­gress so he’d have more eye­balls watching.

Both strate­gies worked wonderfully.

I men­tion his pen­chant for dis­in­for­ma­tion first because it’s not new to the office. Every Pres­i­dent tries with var­i­ous degrees of suc­cess to manip­u­late the nar­ra­tive. Some say Obama was great at it, but let’s remem­ber that the press were will­ing vic­tims in many cases when the last admin­is­tra­tion wanted to shift per­spec­tives. Bush43 was awful at it (though some in the admin­is­tra­tion were decent). Bill Clin­ton was mas­ter­ful. Bush41 barely even tried. Ronald Rea­gan was arguably the best in mod­ern his­tory… until Trump.

This is part of the game that must be played in Wash­ing­ton DC. The press knows it. Their thirst for a scoop often super­sedes their desire for the truth, so they’ve always played the game and hoped to come out on top as often as pos­si­ble. With Trump, they’re quickly being taught (though likely not learn­ing) that his admin­is­tra­tion has the upper hand.

With that impor­tant piece out of the way, let’s look at the thing that makes Trump unique.

Truly use­less and bound to be replaced

Most pun­dits are aware that Pres­i­dent Trump is push­ing the nar­ra­tive of main­stream media being loaded with fake news because he doesn’t like them. That’s only half the story. The other half is more nefar­i­ous and must be watched care­fully by both sides of the polit­i­cal aisle.

Trump doesn’t just want the main­stream media to look bad. He wants them elim­i­nated. He wants them replaced. The eas­i­est way for his agenda to be suc­cess­ful and his next term to be secured is if he can make the peo­ple dis­en­chanted with the press itself. He’s known this for years and has dis­cussed manip­u­lat­ing the media since the 1980s. The dif­fer­ence today, as pres­i­dent, is that Trump real­izes they will never be on his side. He could make Barack Obama his per­sonal adviser and start ini­ti­at­ing left­ist poli­cies and they still wouldn’t like him. The left­ists press aren’t as con­cerned with his poli­cies as much as they’re con­cerned with the man him­self. They hate him.

As a result, he’s going to elim­i­nate them as much as possible.

Past pres­i­dents have had con­tentious rela­tion­ships with the media, but Trump is going to con­tinue to push the bounds far beyond any­thing we’ve ever seen. He’s mak­ing the rela­tion­ship per­sonal and rely­ing on their unhinged desire to destroy him so he can paint them as dis­hon­est and “ene­mies of the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” as he once declared. What the press doesn’t seem to under­stand is that he’s win­ning this war. They’re still play­ing the game as if it’s them ver­sus him. He’s play­ing the game as if it’s them ver­sus Amer­ica. Over time, he’s going to win this battle.

That’s the good news. As some­one who has had an issue with main­stream media for decades, I cheer his efforts. The only thing that con­cerns me is that he seems to be push­ing to not only elim­i­nate them but to replace them with his own peo­ple. Any­one who thinks he has Steve Ban­non so high in the admin­is­tra­tion because of Bannon’s polit­i­cal know-​how doesn’t get it. Yes, Ban­non knows pol­i­tics, but he knows the media bet­ter than just about anyone.

For the sake of space, I’ll wrap it up, but there’s so much more to explore on this topic. We’ll cover it fur­ther on Thurs­day. In the mean­time, be mind­ful that Pres­i­dent Trump is going to con­tinue his attacks on the media and there’s noth­ing they can do about it.

Every day, the media loses cred­i­bil­ity. Every day, Pres­i­dent Trump gains new sym­pa­thiz­ers who are sick of how main­stream media paints the admin­is­tra­tion and any­thing asso­ci­ated with Trump. Even the left is start­ing to notice the bias. As improb­a­ble as it sounded a few months ago, Trump’s war with the press is going to pay off. Their hatred for him will demo­nize them in the eyes of the people.

There has never been a U.S. President like Donald Trump. It’s not his history, his ideologies, or even his style that make him completely unique. All of these traits have precedents in some form or fashion. The one thing that truly makes President Trump different from every other President before him is his ability to make mainstream media look like absolute fools.

Journalists have always had the upper hand. When they had a President they didn’t like such as George W. Bush, they could selectively pick out quotes that made him look silly while aggressively examining his missteps with a microscope. When they had a President they liked such as Barack Obama, they could just hang out with the guy and fawn over his clever quips.

With Trump, the media is tripping all over themselves, falling flat on their faces in the process. They seem to finally understand that Twitter is where they’re going to get their “sound bites” instead of directly from the mouth of the President. This is the only positive in the eyes of the media to having Trump as President. Everything else makes their jobs not only harder but potentially dangerous.

We’ve seen disinformation coming from the administration that essentially puts the media on notice. They fell hard for reports that the National Guard would be turned into a deportation force. Only after reporting the memo did the administration come out and say it was false despite attempts to verify it before the report. This was done specifically to promote the administration’s narrative that mainstream media posts fake news constantly. More recently, we saw the President himself act as a “senior administration official” to leak a story that he “envisions a bill allowing many immigrants to stay in US.” The motivation behind this one was even funnier. He wanted to get press coverage before his big speech before Congress so he’d have more eyeballs watching.

Both strategies worked wonderfully.

I mention his penchant for disinformation first because it’s not new to the office. Every President tries with various degrees of success to manipulate the narrative. Some say Obama was great at it, but let’s remember that the press were willing victims in many cases when the last administration wanted to shift perspectives. Bush43 was awful at it (though some in the administration were decent). Bill Clinton was masterful. Bush41 barely even tried. Ronald Reagan was arguably the best in modern history… until Trump.

This is part of the game that must be played in Washington DC. The press knows it. Their thirst for a scoop often supersedes their desire for the truth, so they’ve always played the game and hoped to come out on top as often as possible. With Trump, they’re quickly being taught (though likely not learning) that his administration has the upper hand.

With that important piece out of the way, let’s look at the thing that makes Trump unique.

Truly useless and bound to be replaced

Most pundits are aware that President Trump is pushing the narrative of mainstream media being loaded with fake news because he doesn’t like them. That’s only half the story. The other half is more nefarious and must be watched carefully by both sides of the political aisle.

Trump doesn’t just want the mainstream media to look bad. He wants them eliminated. He wants them replaced. The easiest way for his agenda to be successful and his next term to be secured is if he can make the people disenchanted with the press itself. He’s known this for years and has discussed manipulating the media since the 1980s. The difference today, as president, is that Trump realizes they will never be on his side. He could make Barack Obama his personal adviser and start initiating leftist policies and they still wouldn’t like him. The leftists press aren’t as concerned with his policies as much as they’re concerned with the man himself. They hate him.

As a result, he’s going to eliminate them as much as possible.

Past presidents have had contentious relationships with the media, but Trump is going to continue to push the bounds far beyond anything we’ve ever seen. He’s making the relationship personal and relying on their unhinged desire to destroy him so he can paint them as dishonest and “enemies of the American people,” as he once declared. What the press doesn’t seem to understand is that he’s winning this war. They’re still playing the game as if it’s them versus him. He’s playing the game as if it’s them versus America. Over time, he’s going to win this battle.

That’s the good news. As someone who has had an issue with mainstream media for decades, I cheer his efforts. The only thing that concerns me is that he seems to be pushing to not only eliminate them but to replace them with his own people. Anyone who thinks he has Steve Bannon so high in the administration because of Bannon’s political know-how doesn’t get it. Yes, Bannon knows politics, but he knows the media better than just about anyone.

For the sake of space, I’ll wrap it up, but there’s so much more to explore on this topic. We’ll cover it further on Thursday. In the meantime, be mindful that President Trump is going to continue his attacks on the media and there’s nothing they can do about it.

Every day, the media loses credibility. Every day, President Trump gains new sympathizers who are sick of how mainstream media paints the administration and anything associated with Trump. Even the left is starting to notice the bias. As improbable as it sounded a few months ago, Trump’s war with the press is going to pay off. Their hatred for him will demonize them in the eyes of the people.