How the Media Rob Us of Hope

It has taken a long time, decades in fact. But the Liberal Media Complex accomplished what they set out to do. They trained Democrats and Republicans how to behave. Perhaps the liberal media are to be congratulated on a job well done. Then again, maybe they ought to be condemned for having degraded political discourse and weakened our democracy.

The liberal media have trained Democrats to stand tall and say whatever they want, with little to no fear of negative repercussion. That is why Democrat presidents, and their surrogates, routinely deny requests for special counsels to investigate their scandals — something Barack Obama did repeatedly. And they do so without pushback from our vaunted media hounds. You know, the ones charged with ‘speaking truth to power’ … blah, blah, blah.

The same liberal media have trained Republicans to cower with their tails between their legs, waiting to be beaten. This is why Republicans break ranks and turn on a President of their own party, under relentless attack, until they cave and appoint special counsels or establish congressional investigative committees or special commissions; to their own detriment and the detriment of whatever agenda the voters duly elected them to pursue.

This is how it works in Washington, DC. Democrats boldly storm about the place, as though they are in charge, even when they are out of the White House and a congressional minority. Republicans, on the other hand, even when they control the White House and both houses of Congress, cower when the liberal media raise a threatening hand.

Folks … this has got to stop.

One held hope, as President Trump came into office, that perhaps it would stop, that Republicans … finally … would find a voice and some self-respect. But with all the momentum currently against them, and the liberal media breathlessly, relentlessly in attack mode, that hope teeters on the brink.

Why Comey Had to Go … And How the Fallout Fits a Pattern

Let us begin with the obvious. Former FBI Director James Comey needed to be fired. President Trump did this nation and the FBI a favor by sacking Mr. Comey earlier this week. One regret is that it did not occur sooner.

Last year, in a July press conference, Mr. Comey  detailed elements of criminal behavior in Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material, making a criminal prosecution seem imminent; then, in the same press conference, he stunned by declaring that no such prosecution would occur. Merely holding that press conference was inappropriate, since the FBI, as a matter of long-standing policy, does not publicly announce that criminal investigations are taking place, much less completed; and the Attorney General and Justice Department, not the FBI Director, determine whether to pursue criminal prosecution.

Details emerged about what a sham Mr. Comey’s purported investigation of Mrs. Clinton had been — conducted without a grand jury, subpoenas or search warrants, and cutting inappropriate immunity deals. In a matter where America’s national security was gravely compromised by Mrs. Clinton, her staff, and perhaps others within the Obama Administration, Mr. Comey botched it, in a manner both unprofessional and reeking of political influence.

Matters got worse for James Comey. He continued to act in bizarre and inappropriate ways regarding Hillary Clinton’s email imbroglio. He provided recurring  congressional testimony that cast doubt on his judgement. He upset Democrats, Republicans and career FBI employees — constituencies that he needed. He showed himself to be incompetent and compromised in his ability to lead such an important institution as the FBI.

A parallel and compelling aspect of this drama is the politicized response to Mr. Comey’s dismissal. Democrats and their lib-media allies are going bonkers; Republicans and those on the right seem generally, though not universally, pleased. The Liberal Media Complex openly thirsts for a special prosecutor to investigate the Comey firing and Russia’s purported ‘collusion’ in the 2016 elections, as a whisper campaign of impeachment bubbles up from the DC swamp.

Mr. Comey’s ouster was long overdue. Under new leadership (assuming congressional Democrats don’t block Mr. Trump’s pending nominee) the FBI may soon re-establish its tarnished credibility. But the liberal establishment — lib-media, Democrat party and assorted DC swamp-dwellers — may never recover from the withering defeat and utter humiliation they suffered in 2016, at the hands of Donald Trump. They’re out to vindicate themselves and to restore their own warped sense of honor and entitlement. They have ridden their ‘Russian collusion’ narrative so long and hard it has become a dead horse … yet, one they will not stop beating.

If It Can Happen at Fox News …

What is happening at Fox News has happened to most of so-called journalism in America. It is what happened to the Republican party. It is what gave rise to President Donald J. Trump.

The establishment does not appreciate this because they are the heart of the problem. As Rupert Murdoch’s two sons, James and Lachlan, consolidate control of their father’s media empire, their establishment tendencies increasingly take root within the news network their father began, as a firebrand operation, just over twenty years ago.

Fox News deviated from the faux-journalism of the New York Times, the three major networks and their minions; and Fox thereby developed a following both loyal and determined. If that following determines that Fox is no longer loyal to them, they will increasingly look elsewhere for their news and information.

The targeting of non-establishment voices at Fox is well underway. Glenn Beck got the hook several years ago. In recent months, Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly (aside from Brit Hume, the two most significant figures in Fox News’ history) have been ushered from the network they helped establish and led into the stratosphere. Some say that Sean Hannity, a sometimes strident voice on the political right, is the new target of establishment house-cleaners, though he appears determined to fight back with every fiber. Good for him … and he had better.

The trend at Fox is not within a vacuum. Establishment consolidation is underway across the spectrum of U.S. media, and that includes so-called journalism. Consider this story from Politico, regarding the intense isolation of the media from the rest of the country, and a relevant excerpt, as relates to the 2016 presidential election: Nearly 90 percent of all internet publishing employees work in a county where Clinton won, and 75 percent of them work in a county that she won by more than 30 percentage points. When you add in the shrinking number of newspaper jobs, 72 percent of all internet publishing or newspaper employees work in a county that Clinton won. By this measure, of course, Clinton was the national media’s candidate.

The liberal establishment has long known their greatest political advantage is a vastly dominant influence over the mass dissemination of news and information. The most significant outlier to that dominance is Fox News. Thus, a new strategy — If you can’t beat Fox, get Fox to join you.

A Narrative of Which They Are Certain

One recalls rhetoric from the days of Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court case born of the heavily contested presidential election of 2000. Democrats claimed they were certain — absolutely certain! — that once the votes in certain Florida counties were re-counted, Al Gore would emerge the winner of Florida’s electoral votes, and the U.S. Presidency. They were … of course … wrong.

Those votes ultimately were re-counted, and Mr. Bush still emerged the winner; such news was less than a footnote to the Liberal Media Complex, who continued to tout their preferred narrative that the Supreme Court, not the voters, improperly gave Mr. Bush a presidency actually won by Mr. Gore.

There was the feckless Dan Rather, of CBS News fame, and his certainty — absolute certainty! — of a narrative whereby George W. Bush had used family connections to avoid the Vietnam draft. However, the foundation for Mr. Rather’s purported journalistic scoop, intended to swing the 2004 presidential election in Democrat John Kerry’s favor, rested on forged documents. And a shamed Dan Rather left his anchor desk at CBS in disgrace.

Will those on the left ever learn?

Now, we have the Liberal Media Complex and their scandal du jour of ‘collusion’ (whatever that means) between the Donald Trump Campaign and the Russian government, and how said ‘collusion’ resulted in Hillary Clinton’s rejection by American voters in 2016. Let’s face it, Hillary and the Democrats had every imaginable advantage, including oodles and gobs of money (considered the ‘mother’s milk’ of presidential politics, until Donald Trump came along), the unbridled and fawning support of establishment media and the Hollywood set, and, lest we forget, a sitting U.S. president with a known penchant for deploying instruments of the federal government against his political opponents.

And Hillary still lost … a reality the political left simply will not accept.

They have chosen a narrative upon which to rest their delusion, the aforementioned, of ‘collusion’ between the Trump Campaign and the Russian government, to deny Hillary a victory rightfully hers. The none too minor detail missing from their narrative, however, is … any evidence that it’s true … for none has come to light. But that doesn’t stop determined Democrats and their allies on the left from continuing to tout a narrative of which they are certain — absolutely certain!

Why I Write About Politics

I write about politics. A lot.

But I do not care for politics. I do not care for those who profit and prosper off the sacrifice of others; the fat-cats, bureaucrats and sundry denizens of our federal government, often ensconced within grand buildings of Romanesque architecture, their marble columns a testament to waste. Of money, for sure, but more importantly, of lives. I think of the fabulous amounts of requisitioned wealth spent by politicians and bureaucrats over the decades, money they collected on behalf of others and spent on themselves. I do not care for those people, the politicians.

I do care about those affected by politics. When it comes to matters of such import, I suffer no political affiliation. I care about those who’ve been made vulnerable, who’ve been disregarded or marginalized through no fault of their own. We who grew up with privilege must pay attention so as to understand. By ‘privilege’ I mean something very simple. We grew up in households with parents who taught us right from wrong by way of example, of consistency, who gave us three meals a day with meat, vegetables and potatoes, got us to school each morning, to the doctor as need be, and kept us safe. We were lucky, privileged.

There are millions of children in this complicated world who are not privileged. I do not care what color their skin is. The prism is vast. Their consistency is of fear, suffering and not knowing they are loved. They are everywhere: Malaysia, India, Sudan, Afghanistan, Venezuela, France, the United States. I know there are millions of adults who cannot, or will not, take proper care of even themselves. Their reasons vary like the sand pebbles. I do my best not to judge. But I cannot ignore.

And I cannot abide the untold billions of dollars requisitioned from U.S. taxpayers, purportedly on behalf of those not privileged, and squandered within the bowels of a horribly bloated, bureaucratic monster — intolerable in a nation as wealthy and blessed as these United States. Yet, influential DC denizens continue to prosper off the misfortunes afflicting the lives of others. We must hold them to account. Thus, the big question … how?

That’s where politics comes into play. It matters, after all.

                                                                                            … to be continued …

Republicans, Wake Up! … Before It’s Too Late

For eight years, President George W. Bush acted as though it was beneath him to defend himself and his party against relentless, withering assault from Democrats and the Liberal Media Complex. Then, along came left-wing wunderkind Barack Obama; and the Complex just couldn’t get enough of the guy.

With outgoing President Bush likened to The Plague, incoming Republican standard-bearer, John McCain, reliably feckless, and the U.S. economy cratering (as if on cue), it was no wonder voters, in 2008, gave Democrats the keys to the capital city: White House, House of Representatives and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

Democrats spent the next two years having their way with our government and our economy – in other words, careening full-throttle toward Socialism. And voters said, “What the heck? We didn’t vote for this!”

In 2010, voters awarded Republicans the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2014, the Senate. In 2016, the White House. Which begs the question: Why is it now so hard for Republicans to behave like a party in power?

From a public relations standpoint, congressional Democrats are running well-orchestrated circles around their Republican counterparts, who come off, by contrast, as bumbling chumps. For example, when your party controls the Senate, you don’t agree to hold Senate hearings on Russia’s purported collusion with your own presidential candidate in the 2016 election, while ignoring the potential shenanigans of the opposing party. But, that’s what Republicans are doing. The mind boggles at this level of political incompetence.

President Trump has enough on his plate, trying to get his fledgling administration off the ground, all the while taking flak from a Democrat party and a Liberal Media Complex openly determined to destroy him. The President should be able to rely on other Republicans to stand up for him and for themselves; and at the very least, not behave like bush-league amateurs who stumbled onto the main stage.

It’s enough to make voters cry foul. Or at least say, “What the heck? We didn’t vote for this!”