September 9, 2016
Once again, I will just let the headlines and excerpts tell the story:
“If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?
Because if you believe all of those things, you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century, if not longer, and approach it in a way you’ve never approached anything in your career. If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional. That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, nonopinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable.
But the question that everyone is grappling with is: Do normal standards apply? And if they don’t, what should take their place? …”
“JUDGING BY the amount of time NBC’s Matt Lauer spent pressing Hillary Clinton on her emails during Wednesday’s national security presidential forum, one would think that her homebrew server was one of the most important issues facing the country this election. It is not. There are a thousand other substantive issues — from China’s aggressive moves in the South China Sea to National Security Agency intelligence-gathering to military spending — that would have revealed more about what the candidates know and how they would govern. Instead, these did not even get mentioned in the first of 5½ precious prime-time hours the two candidates will share before Election Day, while emails took up a third of Ms. Clinton’s time. …
Ms. Clinton is hardly blameless. She treated the public’s interest in sound record-keeping cavalierly. A small amount of classified material also moved across her private server. But it was not obviously marked as such, and there is still no evidence that national security was harmed. Ms. Clinton has also admitted that using the personal server was a mistake. The story has vastly exceeded the boundaries of the facts.
Imagine how history would judge today’s Americans if, looking back at this election, the record showed that voters empowered a dangerous man because of .?.?. a minor email scandal. There is no equivalence between Ms. Clinton’s wrongs and Mr. Trump’s manifest unfitness for office.”
A few points:
1.) We’ve always believed the #LyingPress isn’t objective or neutral. It exists to manipulate facts, push propaganda, and spin narratives in order to control discourse and public opinion. By controlling and molding public opinion, it holds the keys to power in liberal democracies.
2.) The #LyingPress would prefer to operate behind a veil of journalistic objectivity and neutrality, but Trump has drawn them out from behind the curtain and exposed them.
3.) This isn’t unlike what happened in the Soviet Union. There was a moment when the propaganda came to be seen as propaganda, not as common sense or the conventional wisdom, and the hacks the pushing it seen as hacks. No one really believed the media and its ideals or slogans anymore.
4.) The media was losing its aura of neutrality and objectivity before Trump, but he has dramatically accelerated their delegitimization. In liberal democracies, the #LyingPress sets the ground rules of public discourse – norms like “anti-racism,” political correctness – but Trump has bulldozed those norms.
5.) If Trump won the election, the #LyingPress wouldn’t be able to restrain itself. It would have a come apart. He’s a racist. He’s a fascist. He’s a Nazi, und so weiter. Ordinary people would become so accustomed to being called these things by the media that the various -isms would lose their sting. What’s more, the people who really are those things wouldn’t look nearly as “extreme” as they do now. Instead, they would begin to look cool and edgy, which is the moment we are entering now.
The Case for Trump
Wall Street Shuns Donald Trump – Hillary Clinton is receiving virtually all donations from the big banks and financial services industry. She is the candidate of Wall Street, the billionaire class, the top 1 percent, and the Davos globalist crowd.
Hillary’s Health – Hillary Clinton is a sick old woman whose health isn’t being scrutinized by the #LyingPress.
Where Is Hillary? – Hillary Clinton spent all of August holding court with “the billionaire class” including a $100,000 a plate lamb dinner fundraiser with the Rothschilds.
Hillary’s Scandals – The Clinton Foundation and the ongoing email scandals have exposed Hillary Clinton as a corrupt liar.
Hillary’s Alt-Right Speech – For the first time in memory, a leading presidential candidate has labeled and attacked us as the real enemy.
Serbia – Hillary Clinton orchestrated a war against at European country in the name of protecting the human rights of Muslims. For that reason alone, she must never become president. She is a threat to Europe.
This Is Our Best Shot – The stars aligned this year when a rogue billionaire toppled the conservative establishment. We might not get a better shot.
Neocons Enter The Mirror Universe – Donald Trump has singlehandedly driven the neocons out of the Republican Party. He has succeeded where Ron Paul failed.
Immigration – There is a night-and-day difference between Trump and Hillary on immigration. Trump is also surrounded and advised by all the people who have credibility on the issue.
Hillary’s America Would Be Pottersville – Over the course of several decades, Hillary Clinton has consistently been a neo-liberal, free-trading globalist, whereas Donald Trump has been a skeptic of free-trade.
Communication – Trump’s campaign is red-pilling conservatives. He is turning them into Alt-Lite populists and nationalists. He is vastly expanding our base and recruiting pool.
Killing #TruConservatism – Trump poses a mortal threat to the #TruCons who control and police the American Right. For that reason alone, Trump needs to win to kill off that bloodsucking parasite.
Hillary’s Signal Boost – Hillary’s Alt-Right Speech was a massive signal boost that dramatically expanded our numbers. We want to be portrayed as the real opposition. If Trump wins, this frame will continue to swell our ranks.
Leadership – Trump is leading White America in the right direction across a range of issues. If Hillary wins, it will only generate more anger and alienation, which is not necessarily channeled into anything constructive.
Organizing – Under a President Trump, it will be easier for us to organize people who already agree with us, which is more important than generating more raw anger and resentment we are unable to capitalize on.
Visibility, Eroding Taboos, Coming Out – Trump has made our cause more visible. His campaign has massively eroded the reigning taboos. He is making it easier for us to operate in the real world.
Fear and Apathy – The movement – call it White Nationalist, Southern Nationalist, Alt-Right, populist, etc. – has been held back mainly by fear and apathy for decades, not any lack of raw anger and alienation. We have legions of angry and alienated people marginalized on the internet, but they are checked by their own fear, so they don’t organize and push for change. They don’t think they can win. Giving these people a victory will go a much longer way than making them marginally more pissed off.
European Spring – A Trump victory in November will remove the threat of Hillary attacking our counterparts in Europe. It will also galvanize the European populist-nationalist parties and could precipitate a snowballing of victories.