Piercing the Media Veil

I sit at the Epicenter. Spot-lit, back-lit, wire up my torso, microphone clipped to my lapel, tiny speaker wedged into my ear. An unseen producer, in a sound-proof booth, tells me to stop talking, to listen to the moderator who just interrupted me.

None other than Chuck Todd, of NBC News, shares the spotlight, his earpiece connecting him with a producer in a booth, feeding Chuck pithy rhetorical tidbits he uses to increase his stature and diminish mine. Being interviewed by him, being politically conservative, I’m getting grilled pretty good, feeling suddenly and terribly ill at ease, I ask inside my swirling head … How did I get myself into this?… yet here I am, on television, thanks to modern technology, in front of the world. At the Epicenter.

It feels like a dream, my brain teeters and rolls upon a listless vessel, and I grasp the rigging, searching for a needed phrase, while Chuck dissects my words, dances nimbly about me, and gives no quarter … Say, can’t I just rip this microphone from my lapel and walk away?… much as I may want to, it would look really bad, with lights ablaze and cameras rolling. I’m wired up, locked in place. And, people don’t just get up and walk out of televised interviews, not if they want to get invited back to the Epicenter, back to the spotlight, to sit, talk, be pampered and get paid for it … Wow! What a life! … or half a life. So, I sit here and absorb abuse from across this table. And when the cameras stop rolling and bright lights turn off, everyone’s so nice to me; we all go to the green room for yummy snacks, sparkling beverages and polite conversation … It’s worth it! … I say to my newly diminished self.

But wait! Just a minute! … suddenly, oddly enough, this exercise in “WHAT IF?” is different … now old Chuck and I are sitting on different sides of the table between us. With an unseen producer telling me how cleverly to express myself and telling a shell-shocked Chuck to shut up and take it, or else he’ll be banished from the lights … well, now … I look across this table and say, “Listen here, Chuck, you cretinous windbag, if you were an objective truth seeker, your interviews would be about your guests, and what they have to say, and how that stacks up against the perceived truths and realities of your audience. But you don’t allow for that, do you? … No! You don’t! … You don’t seek the truth, and you’re not really a journalist. You’re a liberal activist with a political agenda, all the while promoting your own status and celebrity. What a charlatan you are! What a sham this is!”

Now, that … Man, oh man! … would be something to write home about.

A most entertaining bit of hocus pocus comes to light in the classic Hollywood film, The Wizard of Oz; wherein Dorothy’s little dog Toto pulls away a curtain to reveal that the ‘all powerful’ Wizard of Oz is actually a diminutive old man, manipulating a bunch of levers and switches that create the illusion of a wizard, when in reality, none exists. The so-called ‘Wizard’ has only as much greatness and power as others attribute to him. Without his magisterial illusion, and the willing subjugation of his audience, the man behind the curtain is, in truth, rather ordinary.

What’s this got to do with Chuck Todd?… you may ask.

Piercing the media veil is much like exposing a fraudulent wizard who’s not all he claims to be. Old Chuck and others like him, denizens of the Liberal Media Complex, exert tremendous influence over public perception of what is real and what is not. These media types share stories about people and events that purportedly warrant our attention; they also suggest, by way of omission, which people and events do not warrant concern. Undergirding all this is the antiquated notion … If it isn’t on TV, then it didn’t really happen … and astonishing as it may seem, many people still believe that. They’ve never had a Toto pull back the media’s curtain to reveal that without the hidden levers, switches and resulting illusion, Chuck and his media cohorts are just people—with their own foibles, desires, prejudices, superstitions—and surprisingly ordinary.

The Liberal Media Complex, and the denizens who dwell therein, have only as much power and influence as we allow them—a sobering thought. All we need do is pierce their veil, pull it back, and acknowledge the wizardry for what it is.

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What Donald Trump Owes Mike Tyson

What President Trump owes former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is a lot. They may be pals for all we know, but either way, Trump seems to have paid attention to Mike, back in the day.

That day was the nineteen-eighties. Mike Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion in history. He was known as a brawler, for winning fights with early round knockouts. Not particularly esteemed for his intellectual prowess, Mr. Tyson was, nonetheless, often prodded for insights regarding how he overcame whatever battle plan his older, more experienced opponent threw at him. At some point, Tyson was credited with this pithy observation: Everybody has a plan till they get punched in the mouth.

Exactly what Donald Trump does–punch them in the mouth–a lot!

Every one of his outrageous, early morning tweets is a quick jab, each seemingly insane pronouncement, from far afield, an uppercut. When Rudy Giuliani says something unpredictable about Mr. Trump’s legal strategy, a telling blow lands. The President’s more experienced opposition, in the Democrat party and the Liberal Media Complex, reflexively spend hours, if not days, responding to whatever he just hit them with.

Meanwhile, President Trump determinedly goes about appointing conservative federal judges so as to strengthen the rule of law; rolling back onerous Obama-era regulations so as to encourage economic growth; shoring up the U.S. military so as to engage America’s international allies and adversaries from a place of strength; reforming the federal tax code so as to increase business investment and encourage new private sector job creation … in other words … keeping the promises that got him elected.

Amazing what one can accomplish … with a good punch in the mouth.

Obama’s Legacy of Corruption

Reporting and commentary on Barack Obama’s presidential legacy, and Donald Trump’s efforts to undo it, have focused, until now, on policy. However, President Obama’s most enduring legacy may have less to do with policy than with an apparatus and attitude of corruption that, under his stewardship, infiltrated our federal government.

Members of President Obama’s senior staff, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, among others, are implicated in the illegal use of the government’s legal and national security apparatus to protect the 2016 candidacy of Hillary Clinton and sabotage the candidacy, and presidency, of Donald Trump. This is impropriety of the highest order — and that’s putting it mildly.

A flow of damning information, leaked or otherwise, is now beyond stoppage. The year-old investigation into ‘Russian collusion’ by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is increasingly tainted with partisan overreach. Hypocrisy among the Liberal Media Complex reaches heights of self-parody. And the so-called ‘deep state’ is in a state of deep panic. President Trump has appropriately called for a full-on investigation, which may require a second special counsel to root out improprieties and illegalities that are legion.

In all of this, a line of inquiry difficult to avoid: What did President Obama know? And when did he know it?

We asked this some months ago. Establishment politicians are now doing so in polite circles. The Liberal Media Complex continues to ignore and deflect, having been part of the scam from the jump. But the deeper one digs, the more a trail of corruption leads to Mr. ‘No-Drama’ Obama himself. It will not go away until Barack Obama’s deepening legacy of corruption is fully exposed, acknowledged and dealt with.

The Great Disruptor

In an earlier era, cable TV emerged from its infancy, the ‘big three’ combo of ABC, NBC and CBS utterly dominated broadcast news, and America’s liberal establishment, spearheaded by the New York Times, monopolized the mass dissemination of news and information. That was the nineteen eighties. And in those days, establishment media routinely brought cowering Republicans to heel. Yet, there was one politician who stood out. His name was Ronald Reagan.

By the strength of his communicative skills and political instincts, President Reagan beat the liberal media at their own game, playing with their own stacked deck. He used TV and radio to speak directly and effectively to the American people, and he proved the liberal media could be overcome. Thus, Ronald Reagan is today remembered fondly as The Great Communicator.

In future days, Donald Trump may well be remembered as The Great Disruptor. He lacks Reagan’s affability and rhetorical finesse, but then … so what?

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Now This Is March Madness!

The unbridled enthusiasm of youth — well organized, well coached, at the top of their game and eager to show what they can do. They step into the televised limelight, and viewers tune in to the highly anticipated spectacle. We expect this each March from college basketball.

We saw it this past weekend from a bunch of high school students, not athletes, but budding left-wing activists; some are instant celebrities, due to politics and circumstance. Liberal media, liberal celebrities and establishment politicians, mostly Democrats, most hostile toward a robust Second Amendment, heavily promoted the so-called March for Our Lives that took place on Saturday. Query: Have the media ever given such enthusiastic coverage to the March for Life, put on each year by the pro-life movement? Of course not.

Despite what establishment politicians and the Liberal Media Complex would have us believe, this ‘youth movement’ is not organic in nature, nor is it truly student-organized. Saturday’s media spectacle was well scripted and produced. Serious money and professional talent went into it. Worth noting: If conservative minded youth skipped school en masse, and marched on the National Mall to demand, say, gun rights, gun safety and armed guards to protect students in schools, the liberal media would demand to know who put them up to it, who financed it, who helped organize it, which cynical politicians are using these unwitting students as political pawns — liberal media never ask such questions when demonstrators support a cause with which the Left agrees.

What we see instead is a new type of March Madness, wherein enthusiastic youth, organized, coached and manipulated by ruthless politicians and media types, march to promote an extreme political agenda. They want to whittle away at the Second Amendment until it becomes impotent, irrelevant. And they want to win elections, lots of them, along the way. This March Madness is a liberal media dream, harkening back to the hallowed days of anti-Vietnam War protests. The Left is co-opting everything that worked back then, updating and augmenting it with all they’ve learned since about mass media finance, production and promotion.

This week the photogenic youth from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are on the cover of TIME. Where they go from here has less to do with their cause and their passion than with their political usefulness, and, of course, which talent agency or PR firm may sweep them up. As for the rest of us, allowing a bunch of ill-informed teenagers to dictate public policy is … well … madness. The little secret, however, the Left wants their audience to ignore is that these kids are not masters of their own destiny. They are puppets. Someone else pulls the strings.

Elections Matter: An Illustration

Imagine a world wherein there is no ‘Russia-gate’ scandal. No congressional committees investigating said scandal, no special counsel or wall-to-wall media coverage.

Imagine that … you were to suggest Russia actually colluded with American politicians to interfere in America’s 2016 elections; that they attempted to hack into our electoral systems and used social media to impact how we voted for our president; that your concerns warrant investigation by Congress and a special counsel to further investigate; and that Russia is now to be counted among America’s worst enemies … Imagine a world in which making these charges would get you written off as a crack-pot conspiracy theorist, and see you driven from the public square in shame and ridicule.

Imagine such a world … as the real world … and you begin to see what things would look like had Hillary Clinton won the presidency in 2016.

The Democrat party line on ‘Russia-gate’ would still be based on President Barack Obama’s words at the White House in October of 2016 (see a video clip by clicking here), when he declared that no one could “rig” America’s elections, that any such suggestion was not to be taken seriously.

The Liberal Media Complex would have joined the Democrat chorus to establish a narrative supporting Mr. Obama’s claim and, thereby, supporting Mrs. Clinton’s claim to presidential legitimacy. And the voluminous evidence of actual collusion between the Clinton Campaign, the DNC, the Obama Administration and, yes, Russians — so as to “rig” the 2016 election against Mr. Trump — would have gone largely, if not completely, unnoticed.

If Mrs. Clinton had won — as the political establishment expected — concerns about Russian meddling in our elections would now be seen as petty and ludicrous; and the liberal media would attend such concerns only so as to delegitimize them. That is, for example, how Democrats and the Liberal Media Complex dealt with Mr. Obama’s Benghazi scandal — they focused on it just long enough to label it as partisan, scandal mongering by Republicans; and after a requisite amount of uninspired media coverage, the Benghazi scandal was cast aside.

By this point in a Clinton presidency, there would have been no appointment of a special counsel, and America would have moved well past ‘Russia-gate’ to focus on other matters … such as …

                                                                              To be continued …

Trump’s Not the Target … You Are!

In a current iteration of Trump hatred, one of the Liberal Media Complex’s hugely underwhelming talking heads, a guy named John Oliver, assures his viewers that President Donald Trump is wildly unpopular in virtually every country in the world. And that we Americans, in turn, should feel humiliated having such a man in the White House.

When you take on the Liberal Media Complex — which is, make no mistake, international in scope — they are going to do what they can to destroy you. Mr. Trump knew this going in. He is immune to their insults, clearly. Just read his tweets for a week. Or watch him at one of his well-attended, public rallies. So, the liberal media have taken to shooting past President Trump, aiming their insults at anyone who supports him.

To those who offer aid and comfort to their enemy, the liberal media’s message is … Don’t you dare! And if you even consider it … then you, like Trump himself, are an idiot! Don’t you know that everyone … and we mean EVERYONE … hates this guy? Come on … join the haters.

How well Trump supporters stand up to this steady barrage will determine how long Mr. Trump stays at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.