Our regular readers and new readers who wish to understand our persistent praise of Donald J. Trump and total disdain of Hillary2016 need to look no further than our consistent attacks against Big Media. “Big Media is the enemy” we’ve written since the 2008 campaign.
Donald J. Trump understands Big Media and handles the entire Big Media enterprise like a man in a toilet stall – with toilet paper. Hillary Clinton on the other hand handles Big Media as pearls of great value and that is why her campaign(s) stinks. Big Media is not a pile of pearls. Big Media is a pile of ….
Thank you Donald J. Trump! To watch Donald J. Trump attack right-wing/conservative/Republican Fox News while appearing on Fox News is a thrill of a lifetime. To listen to Donald J. Trump attack the Bush family at a Republican debate on befuddled CBS was the rarest of caviar. We swoon with delight as Trump trashes Big Media without distinction as to what “side” they pretend to be on. Right-wing, left-wing, center, dull, click-bait, printed, broadcast, cable, cartoons, video, pundits, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, – to Trump all Big Media is to be handled with toilet paper because Donald J. Trump is not fooled by the fictions of Big Media.
We do have a quarrel with Donald J. Trump on his treatment of Big Media. We think Donald J. Trump is much too nice. Those “press pens”? We think they should be electrified to such an extent they fry any “journalist” who touches them. Big Media “personalities”? We think Trump’s team should beat, without remorse or relenting, any Big Media “personality” that approaches Trump or attends any of his rallies. As far as we’re concerned cattle prods and frequent brutal beatings should be the standing order of the day against Big Media. Think we are too unkind or Draconian? The Big Media creeps at Mother Jones magazine will likely convince you we too are too soft:
“Having vendettas against outlets and playing it out to the point that you’re not letting them in as press is ridiculous,” says Sam Stein, a senior politics editor at the Huffington Post, which has found itself banned from Trump events, possibly because of its decision early in the campaign to relegate Trump to the website’s entertainment section. (The publication reversed that move but started adding a disclaimer to the end of each Trump article labeling him a racist.) “I’m completely opposed to that. And I find it fairly childish for the Trump campaign to do this. It doesn’t suggest someone who’s big and tough and brave, that he can’t face critical media.”
Campaigns inevitably treat media outlets differently, offering the candidate up to favored publications for exclusive interviews or feeding scoops to friendly reporters. But the absolute refusal to allow certain publications to receive credentials to cover rallies is unprecedented in the recent history of presidential campaigns.
“If he’s the nominee, it’s not going to be ideal,” says Alexis Levinson, a reporter for the conservative National Review who can’t get on the media list for Trump events these days. “If the Democratic nominee is willing to credential National Review and the Republican nominee is not, think on that one for a second. That’s a strange dynamic.”
Levinson didn’t encounter any problems reporting on Trump at the start of the campaign season but has been unable to get media credentials since her editors published an “Against Trump” cover package that collected editorials from conservatives denouncing Trump—a part of the magazine that she had no involvement in as a reporter. Nevertheless, Levinson and her colleagues have been shut out from all subsequent Trump events.
“You can’t just decide you don’t want to deal with press because someone was mean to you,” Levinson says. “And no other candidate would get away with holding reporters accountable for what their editorial boards do.” The ban has forced her to shift how she’s covered the campaign. After waiting several hours in the general public line at an Iowa event, only to be turned away when the venue reached capacity, Levinson now avoids reporting on daily Trump stories. “I just don’t pitch stories that involve me covering Trump stuff anymore,” she says. “I don’t have three hours to go spend in line. It’s so irritating.”
Many reporters on the blacklist don’t have the luxury of skipping events. Instead, they register online for free tickets available to the general public and often have to wait in line for hours—a challenge for reporters who need to cover multiple events in a day, sometimes separated by hundreds of miles. [snip]
Since November, Nuzzi has been to about 10 Trump events through the public line, an experience she says has grown nerve-racking as the events take on an increasingly hostile tone, particularly toward the media. These days, Trump regularly whips the crowd into an anti-media frenzy and urges his fans to boo the press pen. [snip]
“I don’t know if I feel like I’m safer in the crowd or I would be safer in the press pen,” Nuzzi says. “Because at least in the press pen you know that you’re surrounded by a lot of people who could document or who could tell you, ‘Yeah, that was Cory Lewandowski who just pulled you to the ground.‘ But if you’re in just a crowd, with hundreds of people, I find it at least a little bit nerve-racking. I feel very alone. Very, very alone.” [snip]
Hostile rhetoric toward the press is a staple of his events. “I would never kill them, but I do hate them,” he said of the press in December. “And some of them are such lying, disgusting people.”
We added the emphasis to that Mother Jones article to demonstrate how loathsome Big Media individually and collectively is. The rest of the article is as repellent as the excerpts we posted. The whiners of the press are upset that they have to get on a public line, not get a special pass, to obtain access. When they do get in the “press pens” they try to violate the rules. Then they complain, like Michelle Fields and her lies against Cory Lewandowski, that they have to follow the rules they agreed to. That Nuzzi creep even cites the discredited Michelle Fields lies about getting “pulled to the ground” to get us to wish anything but severe beatings against Big Media.
Check out the parts we highlighted. Sam Stein complains about access for Huff n’ Puff so that Sam Stein can write an article which at the end declares Trump to be a “racist”! This “racist” “disclaimer” smearing Trump came after Huff n’ Puff swore to only post Trump articles in the entertainment section. Then the creeps of the press complain that it is “unprecedented” for a presidential candidate to treat them that way. Well, hooray Donald J. Trump and thank you sir for that bit of “unprecedented” – can we have some more? Can we get that press pen electrified to sizzling steak level?
If Hillary2016 had an ounce of brains they would do in 2016 what we advised in 2008. If Hillary2016 had an ounce of intelligence, a functioning brain stem, the collective scream would be agreement with the fearless Donald J. Trump. “I would never kill them, but I do hate them… And some of them are such lying, disgusting people.”
In 2008 we advised Hillary2008 to attack Big Media. Big Media was in the tank for Barack Obama and we thought a sensible person would point out the obvious. Rarely, did Hillary Clinton’s campaign ever take our advice. Donald J. Trump? Look at what happened this past weekend.
This past weekend the New York Times smeared Donald J. Trump. Donald J. Trump has been in nonstop attack mode since the latest slime oozed from the disgusting New York Times which regularly smeared Hillary Clinton in 2008 and praised Barack Obama. Donald J. Trump fought back and today he hit pay dirt:
Former Trump girlfriend hits back at ‘upsetting’ NYT cover story
The New York Times’ article published Saturday with the headline “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private” begins with an anecdote from a woman named Rowanne Brewer Lane, who as a 26-year-old model was asked by the businessman to put on a swimsuit during their first meeting at a Mar-a-Lago pool party.
“But the 1990 episode at Mar-a-Lago that Ms. Brewer Lane described was different: a debasing face-to-face encounter between Mr. Trump and a young woman he hardly knew. This is the private treatment of some women by Mr. Trump, the up-close and more intimate encounters,” the Times wrote.
On Monday morning, Brewer Lane appeared on “Fox & Friends” to dispute the Times’ framing of her account. [snip]
“They spun it to where it appeared negative. I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump, and I don’t appreciate them making it look like that I was saying that it was a negative experience because it was not,” Brewer Lane said.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked to clarify if Brewer Lane knew him well and that they dated for several months.
“That’s correct. Yes, and he was never — he never made me feel like I was being demeaned in any way. He never offended me in any way. He was very gracious. I saw him around all types of people, all types of women. He was very kind, thoughtful, generous, you know. He was a gentleman,” Brewer said.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) May 16, 2016
Guess who this woman is voting for:
As for whether she is voting for him, Brewer Lane said she is all in for her former boyfriend.
“I think Donald is doing a great job and he is a very successful businessman, he’s a great leader because of that,” Brewer Lane said. “He has a lot going for him, let’s face it, and I’m supporting him.”
Trump immediately responded:
With the coming forward today of the woman central to the failing @nytimes hit piece on me, we have exposed the article as a fraud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2016
Donald Trump is fearless in his war against Big Media. Trump understands how the game is played by Big Media and Trump knows how to hit back:
Fox News reports that Trump said on Thursday that if he is elected president, he will target Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, claiming Bezos, who owns amazon.com, is using the Post to influence corporate tax policy.
Speaking to Trumpster Sean Hannity after Bob Woodward of the Post acknowledged the paper would employ 20 people to cover every aspect of Trump’s life, Trump snapped, “Every hour we’re getting calls from reporters from The Washington Post asking ridiculous questions. And I will tell you, this is owned as a toy by Jeff Bezos … Amazon is getting away with murder, tax-wise. He’s using The Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don’t tax Amazon like they should be taxed.” [snip]
Trump blustered, “He thinks I’ll go after him for antitrust. Because he’s got a huge antitrust problem because he’s controlling so much, Amazon is controlling so much of what they are doing. He’s using The Washington Post, which is peanuts, he’s using that for political purposes to save Amazon in terms of taxes and in terms of antitrust.”
That excerpt from the anti-Trump hate site Dailywire mocks Donald J. Trump’s allegations but if they would read the news from Amazon today and the intent to sell even more self-branded goods, it appears that Trump is right about the anti-trust claims and how Bezos uses the Big Media outlet The Washington Post to politically lobby and intimidate.
Jeff Bezos is not alone in Big Media corruption of the political process. Last week website Gizmodo detailed how Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg leverages his clout to corrupt the news Facebook users see. The corrupt Zuckerberg responded with a proposed meeting at which he will meet with “conservative” Trump haters. No Trump supporters need apply:
Glenn Beck, Anti-Trump Conservatives to Meet with Facebook’s Zuckerberg [snip]
Beck announced the meeting in a Facebook post on his page early Sunday morning. Beck and Perino will be joined by Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, CNN’s S.E. Cupp, and Mitt Romney’s former digital director, Zac Moffatt.
It is also important to point out that nearly every “leading conservative” listed above who has accepted and confirmed their attendance on Wednesday is part of the anti-Trump or “Never Trump” movement. The move to invite from this school of “conservatives” flies in the face of Zuckerberg’s claim of creating a diverse group for the discussion.
Big Media in recent years has endured three calamities:
Calamity #1: The internet. A reader in middle America or Australia, or anywhere, can read any newspaper or watch any video of any program anywhere at any time. That means that the Big Media powerhouses such as the New York Times and Washington Post have direct competition with every other outlet, website, blog, in the world. This dilutes the power of the biggest Big Media players such as the New York Times. Before the internet we never read the Hindustan Times. When issues flare up in the area however, we find ourselves reading the Hindu Times during the crisis instead of our once upon a time Big Media outlets to get news from the source area.
Calamity #2: Citizens’ United. We wrote about the Supreme Court decision in Citizens’ United. We suggest everyone read the section of the article we wrote explaining why Citizens’ United was decided correctly on Free Speech grounds. Aside from being correct, the decision in Citizens’ United was a massive blow on two levels against Big Media: (1) the decision opened the door to political players funding their own communications (such as movies) thereby not having to rely on Big Media outlets to get out the message they wished to convey, and (2) Big Media outlets like the New York Times lost their monopoly on big business contributions to political candidates/campaigns. Before Citizens’ United the New York Times Corporation via editorials in the New York Times held politicians in thrall and afraid. After Citizens’ United the influence of a corporate in-kind donation in the form of a newspaper endorsement meant a lot less – especially when added to the lessened clout of world-wide access to news.
Calamity #3: Donald J. Trump. Read all of the above. Donald J. Trump has smashed Big Media into pulp even as he continues to reshape it. Because of the lessened readership of newspapers such as the New York Times and the waning clout such lessened readership inevitably signifies Big Media has to become ever more hysterical to get attention. The more hysterical Big Media outlets become the less credibility they have. In the past, when they had tons of clout and influence, the New York Times would have published a demure two-column article below the fold to smear Trump. But now Big Media outlets are so weakened that the Times had to splash a four-column large headline with large picture above-the-fold to attack Donald Trump. And even with all that ostentatious full-color ink the Times has failed to hurt Trump.
Donald J. Trump destroyed the Big Media hit piece in the New York Times with one tweet. Trump uses Big Media to destroy Big Media.
Now, can we get those electrified press pens, set to sizzle, please?