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Not Dead, Just Resting

by baldilocks

Many are link­ing to Vic­tor Davis Hanson’s piece Autopsy of a Coup at Amer­i­can Great­ness. Here’s a taste:

All through the 2016 cam­paign and dur­ing the first two years of the Trump pres­i­dency the media’s treat­ment, accord­ing to lib­eral adju­di­ca­tors of press cov­er­age, ran about 90 per­cent neg­a­tive toward Trump — a land­mark bias that con­tin­ues today.

Jour­nal­ists them­selves con­sulted with the Clin­ton cam­paign to coor­di­nate attacks. From the Wik­ileaks trove, jour­nal­is­tic grandees such as John Har­wood, Mark Lei­bovich, Dana Mil­bank, and Glenn Thrush often com­mu­ni­cated (and even post fac­tum were unapolo­getic about doing so) with John Podesta’s staff to con­struct var­i­ous anti-​Trump themes and have the Clin­ton cam­paign review or even audit them in advance. [snip]

The Demo­c­ra­tic National Committee’s appendages often helped to mas­sage CNN news cov­er­age — such as Donna Brazile’s pri­mary debate tip-​off to the Clin­ton cam­paign or CNN’s con­sul­ta­tion with the DNC about form­ing talk­ing points for a sched­uled Trump interview.

So-​called “bomb­shell,” “water­shed,” “turning-​point,” and “walls clos­ing in” fake news aired in 24-​hour news bul­letin cycles. The media went from fab­ri­ca­tions about Trump’s sup­posed removal of the bust of Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office, to the mytholo­gies in the Steele dossier, to lies about the Trump Tower meet­ing, to assur­ances that Michael Cohen would tes­tify to Trump’s sub­orn­ing per­jury, and on and on.

There’s much, much more; many more play­ers and all com­mon knowl­edge — some of which I’ve talked about here and at my own blog.

But see­ing it all in one place in Hanson’s plain, clear lan­guage brings only one thought to mind.

What’s hold­ing this termite-​infested for­mer repub­lic together?

See, it isn’t even about Pres­i­dent Trump any­more. It’s about deep-​seated cor­rup­tion that has long pre­ceded the Trump admin­is­tra­tion. This “deep state” edi­fice knew it could attempt this with­out legal ram­i­fi­ca­tions. That implies that there have been pre­vi­ous attempts and that some were successful.

The coup maybe be dead but I sus­pect that there’s another wait­ing to take its place. Peo­ple who talk about this don’t look like such con­spir­acy kooks any more.

Bright side: deep state is no longer so deep.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Fol­low her on Face­book, Twit­ter, MeWe, and Gab.

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by baldilocks

Many are linking to Victor Davis Hanson’s piece Autopsy of a Coup at American Greatness. Here’s a taste:

All through the 2016 campaign and during the first two years of the Trump presidency the media’s treatment, according to liberal adjudicators of press coverage, ran about 90 percent negative toward Trump—a landmark bias that continues today.

Journalists themselves consulted with the Clinton campaign to coordinate attacks. From the Wikileaks trove, journalistic grandees such as John Harwood, Mark Leibovich, Dana Milbank, and Glenn Thrush often communicated (and even post factum were unapologetic about doing so) with John Podesta’s staff to construct various anti-Trump themes and have the Clinton campaign review or even audit them in advance. [snip]

The Democratic National Committee’s appendages often helped to massage CNN news coverage—such as Donna Brazile’s primary debate tip-off to the Clinton campaign or CNN’s consultation with the DNC about forming talking points for a scheduled Trump interview.

So-called “bombshell,” “watershed,” “turning-point,” and “walls closing in” fake news aired in 24-hour news bulletin cycles. The media went from fabrications about Trump’s supposed removal of the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office, to the mythologies in the Steele dossier, to lies about the Trump Tower meeting, to assurances that Michael Cohen would testify to Trump’s suborning perjury, and on and on.

There’s much, much more; many more players and all common knowledge — some of which I’ve talked about here and at my own blog.

But seeing it all in one place in Hanson’s plain, clear language brings only one thought to mind.

What’s holding this termite-infested former republic together?

See, it isn’t even about President Trump anymore. It’s about deep-seated corruption that has long preceded the Trump administration. This “deep state” edifice knew it could attempt this without legal ramifications. That implies that there have been previous attempts and that some were successful.

The coup maybe be dead but I suspect that there’s another waiting to take its place. People who talk about this don’t look like such conspiracy kooks any more.

Bright side: deep state is no longer so deep.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, and Gab.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar or hit Juliette’s!