The MSM’s 2018 Tet Offensive on the GOP

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The MSM's 2018 Tet Offensive on the GOP

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As The Wash­ing­ton Post’s Saigon bureau chief Peter Braestrup doc­u­mented in his book The Big Story, reporters sys­tem­at­i­cally used Tet to turn the real­ity of a U.S. vic­tory into an image of Amer­i­can and South Viet­namese defeat…That cam­paign of mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion cul­mi­nated in Wal­ter Cronkite’s half-​hour TV spe­cial on Feb­ru­ary 27, 1968, when he told his view­ers that Tet had proved that Amer­ica was “mired in a stalemate.”

Christo­pher Harper Fake News and Viet­nam 2÷13÷18

In my last post I noted that there are sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences between the events lead­ing up to the “Big Red Wave” of 2010 and the sup­posed big blue wave of 2018 the most sig­nif­i­cant being that despite bro­ken promises on Oba­macare repeal, par­tially cor­rected by the pas­sage of the Trump Tax bill, there is actu­ally a record of sig­nif­i­cant achieve on for­eign pol­icy, on dereg­u­la­tion and of course on the eco­nomic out­look of the country.

Given those facts on the ground one would think that the out­look for the GOP would be pretty good but the MSM has been relent­less in their attacks on the admin­is­tra­tion and the down­play­ing of their accom­plish­ments focus­ing instead on Porn stars and the Mueller inves­ti­ga­tion and while the polling sug­gests that the pub­lic isn’t inter­ested in stuff like Stormy Daniels and twelve year old con­sen­sual affairs the dirty lit­tle secret is the pub­lic aren’t the tar­get of the MSM offensive.

The audi­ence the MSM is try­ing to reach are the repub­li­can mem­bers of con­gress and the GOP con­sul­tants in the Wash­ing­ton bubble.

You see it doesn’t mat­ter how the econ­omy is doing, how much more the GOP is rais­ing or how much bet­ter the pub­lic is doing, as long as the MSM aided by social media giants like Face­book and Twit­ter, can con­vince the GOP mem­bers of con­gress that defeat in the fall is inevitable and that Trump is the cause, they can cause them (the GOP) to retreat.

It’s Tet all over again, Cronkite and the MSM had an agenda and were the only game in town and thus were able to sell said agenda to the peo­ple. as Christo­pher Harper put it:

“After Tet, Amer­i­can media had assumed a new mis­sion for itself: to shape the nation’s pol­i­tics by craft­ing a sin­gle coher­ent nar­ra­tive, even if it meant omit­ting cer­tain rel­e­vant facts and pro­mot­ing other false or mis­lead­ing ones. stand­ing — just as they had con­vinced them a year ear­lier that America’s major vic­tory was actu­ally a major defeat.”

Sound famil­iar?

It cer­tainly does and their new mis­sion is to reverse the results of the last elec­tion and step one is to con­vince the GOP that elec­tion 2018 is already lost and con­vince them to leave the field and given the GOP’s appar­ent fear of gov­ern­ing and fight­ing for the prin­ci­ples they sup­pos­edly espouse it’s not a sur­prise that so far the media and left are doing a pretty good job of sell­ing them this reality.

The GOP needs a shot of courage and a meme to run on. Tomor­row we’ll pro­vide the lat­ter in the hopes of restor­ing the former.

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As The Washington Post’s Saigon bureau chief Peter Braestrup documented in his book The Big Story, reporters systematically used Tet to turn the reality of a U.S. victory into an image of American and South Vietnamese defeat…That campaign of misrepresentation culminated in Walter Cronkite’s half-hour TV special on February 27, 1968, when he told his viewers that Tet had proved that America was “mired in a stalemate.”

Christopher Harper Fake News and Vietnam 2/13/18

In my last post I noted that there are significant differences between the events leading up to the “Big Red Wave” of 2010 and the supposed big blue wave of 2018 the most significant being that despite broken promises on Obamacare repeal, partially corrected by the passage of the Trump Tax bill, there is actually a record of significant achieve on foreign policy, on deregulation and of course on the economic outlook of the country.

Given those facts on the ground one would think that the outlook for the GOP would be pretty good but the MSM has been relentless in their attacks on the administration and the downplaying of their accomplishments focusing instead on Porn stars and the Mueller investigation and while the polling suggests that the public isn’t interested in stuff like Stormy Daniels and twelve year old consensual affairs the dirty little secret is the public aren’t the target of the MSM offensive.

The audience the MSM is trying to reach are the republican members of congress and the GOP consultants in the Washington bubble.

You see it doesn’t matter how the economy is doing, how much more the GOP is raising or how much better the public is doing, as long as the MSM aided by social media giants like Facebook and Twitter, can convince the GOP members of congress that defeat in the fall is inevitable and that Trump is the cause, they can cause them (the GOP) to retreat.

It’s Tet all over again, Cronkite and the MSM had an agenda and were the only game in town and thus were able to sell said agenda to the people. as Christopher Harper put it:

“After Tet, American media had assumed a new mission for itself: to shape the nation’s politics by crafting a single coherent narrative, even if it meant omitting certain relevant facts and promoting other false or misleading ones. standing — just as they had convinced them a year earlier that America’s major victory was actually a major defeat.”

Sound familiar?

It certainly does and their new mission is to reverse the results of the last election and step one is to convince the GOP that election 2018 is already lost and convince them to leave the field and given the GOP’s apparent fear of governing and fighting for the principles they supposedly espouse it’s not a surprise that so far the media and left are doing a pretty good job of selling them this reality.

The GOP needs a shot of courage and a meme to run on. Tomorrow we’ll provide the latter in the hopes of restoring the former.

Update: Instalanche again thanks again Ed. Dear reader I submit and suggest if you want to really annoy the MSM please consider supporting sites like mine as you are the primary source of the money that pays our expenses, our writers (yes I pay them) and myself.


If you think reality based reporting and commentary is worth your while then please consider hitting DaTipJar below



Consider subscribing. 8 more subscribers at $20 a month will pay the monthly price for the new host/server.


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Finally might I suggest my book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift.