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MEDIA IN THE TRUMP CONSPIRACY THEORY BUSINESS

I am a retired financial journalist. I worked for the Reuters news wire from 1968 through 1987. I started out covering the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the heyday of pork belly, live cattle and shell egg futures. Big money changed hands on those futures markets and readers made and lost money often based on things they read on the news wires. They really held our feet to the fire when we reported on market developments. I was proud to function as a part of the free market system. That’s why the mainstream media’s nearly complete divorce from the facts these days is so painful to me. I rarely even see an attempt to report facts in the media these days. It is a 24/7/365 non-stop game of how much mud can we sling at the President. They aren’t practicing journalism. It is just polemic and second rate at that.

This study by Daniel Greenfield does a great job explaining the nature of much of what we see on TV and read in the newspapers and magazines.

Tony

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By Daniel Greenfield

Turn on CNN at any hour of the day and there will be frowning talking heads reading teleprompter conspiracy theories about President Trump.

Where do all these theories even come from?

Some of them are generated by the small number of media outlets, CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times, that still have enough staff on their payrolls to carry on their mockery of journalism.

But mostly they come from Twitter.

If you’ve seen one self-righteous tantrum about the sacred fire of journalism, you’ve seen them all. The dirty truth is that the media mostly just puts a professional gloss on trending Twitter topics. That’s why CNN did a story about a dog whose ear, according to the nation’s top news network, looks like Trump’s face. (Yes, this really happened.) It’s also where a lot of the media’s political stories come from.

When President Trump…

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Substance vs. Form – liberal students react to tax plan

This video was somewhat surprising and very disappointing to me when I first caught it on the news. I was thrilled to find it on You Tube so I could share it with you. As a 77 year old, I confess that I sometimes have a hard time relating to and/or understanding Milennials.

Campus Reform made this video in which they interviewed college students for their reaction to Trump’s tax plan. Initially, they criticized the Trump plan as ‘horrible for the middle class,’ ‘better for the upper class than anyone else,’ ‘pretty negative,’ etc.

Then the students were told specific details from a plan, but that the details were actually Bernie Sanders’s plan.

Increasing the child tax credit was seen as ‘positive’ and very  helpful to young parents. Eliminating the death tax was seen as  positive also. Also, lowering the small business tax rate to 25% max was considered helpful and positive. In sum, in the words of one student, it was better than anything that Trump was proposing.

They expressed surprise that they liked Trump’s ideas and that they actually agreed with Trump on some things.

I hope you enjoy the video.

 

I think the most disappointing thing here is that all the students knew in advance they they didn’t like the Trump tax plan because it came from Donald Trump. Yet when they actually learned some of the plan’s details, they could see the benefits to tax payers. There seems to be some terrible liberal bias on campus as evidenced by this video.

Tony

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Our Gunslinger

I love riding my bike every day. I experience a wonderful physical pleasure pressing down on the pedals and feeling myself flying across the path. In addition, I am very happy that bike riding has also helped me to attain a level of good health higher than I ever enjoyed in my life. Those are the physical things. Very important to me. There are also other aspects of riding that I enjoy very much. I can’t tell you how many times that I have pedaled across the pavement and found myself bouncing around ideas for a blog post. Ideas connect, I do some phrasing and by the time I get home it is like I can dictate the post from my head.

This is one of those posts. I love John Fogerty and his wonderful upbeat music. Here is one he performed about ten years ago during the last administration.

I grew up in the ’40’s. As kids we went to the movies on Saturday and saw double features of cowboy movies. Lots of gunslingers. There is something archetypal about a gunslinger. A loner, quiet, deadly, mysterious, a scary guy.

Here are a couple of insights and a connection that have been going through my head for several rides. First, as a boxing fan, I am familiar with the incredible upset victory that young Cassius Clay (he had not yet changed his name) achieved over Sonny Liston. Much has been written about this fight, Clay was a brash youngster. Liston a powerful old brawler. He claimed to be 32 years old, but some experts put him closer to 40. He had spent time in prison for armed robbery. Of the 46 fight writers at ringside, 43 picked Liston to win. I read somewhere, and, sadly, I can’t find it now, that secretly Liston was afraid of Clay. Clay acted truly crazy, including driving his bus through Liston’s neighborhood at 3:00 AM and waking up the neighborhood challenging Liston to fight him. While in prison, Liston had seen truly insane individuals and feared them. So, Clay was clearly the gunslinger in that situation. A loner, quiet, deadly, mysterious, a scary guy.

The other instance I thought of was between President Reagan and Nikita Khrushchev. My understanding is that Khrushchev also feared Reagan. Part of it was the press at the time which gave Reagan a certain wild west personality, not suited to be president. (sound familiar?) Also, Reagan had actually played a cowboy in the movies which influenced the Russian leader. Again, it was that gunslinger personality that struck fear into the heart of his opponent. A loner, quiet, deadly, mysterious, a scary guy.

And, finally, there is our gunslinger – President Trump. Like Reagan he has been vilified by the mainstream media. Numerous attacks on his intelligence, character, you name it. Certainly a slightly unstable entity, in the eyes of the press.

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Now, let’s look at the Syrian Tomahawk missile launch. My understanding is that the President Trump excused himself in the middle of dinner with the Chinese President, Xi Jinping. When he returned, he informed the Chinese leader that he had just launched 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria. Enjoying your main course? A loner, quiet, deadly, mysterious, a scary guy.

What I think is going on these days is that cunning and extremely intelligent leaders, such as Vladimir Putin, are thinking the U.S. has a gunslinger in the White House. Who knows what he might do? My feeling is that President Trump will have vastly more success in relations with Putin than his predecessor. Likewise in relations with Iran. A loner, quiet, deadly, mysterious, a scary guy.

Tony

 

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New York Times ‘explains’ its Trump coverage

Two days after election day, I wrote a blog post about the shameful performance of CNBC Top Washington Correspondent, John Harwood, in reporting on Donald Trump in the election. You can see it here – For shame, John Harwood.

Now, it seems that the New York Times publisher has issued a kind of backward letter of apology to its readers for its coverage of the campaign. Publisher Sulzberger didn’t go so far as to say the Times slanted the news, he just said it ‘underestimated’ Trump’s support among American voters.

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Actually, Michael Goodwin of the New York Post has written a nice column on it which you can read here – New York Times – We blew it on Trump.

Please read Mr. Goodwin’s entire column, but here is a nice excerpt:

“While insisting his staff had “reported on both candidates fairly,” he also vowed that the paper would “rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor.” Continue reading

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