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The mainstream media is collapsing upon itself under the sheer volume of obfuscations and lies that can no longer be supported by a foundation that’s been cracking for some time now. With the advent of alternative media sources and fueled by the unprecedented flow of information in the Internet Age, the networks’ ability to control the narrative is breaking down. The Left has always been more concerned with narrative over facts, and taking control of the media as a powerful tool for propaganda is obviously nothing new. It’s taken many forms in many places, not least of which was in the Soviet Union, whose Pravda (“truth” in Russian) was the official broadsheet of the Communist Party. That’s why when James O’Keefe and Project Veritas blew the lid off CNN’s Trump-Russia collusion “scandal” they referred to it as the American Pravda; since CNN is basically the Democratic National Committee, as almost everyone employed by that network has deep ties to the Democratic Party, of course there’ll be nary a scintilla of objectivity, and frankly, with so little daylight, that’s as good as state control. CNN effectively takes its cues from Party Headquarters, and are aided and abetted by their media and entertainment co-conspirators who hew almost entirely Left.
The Fake News meme was the straw that broke the camel’s back. After the major news outlets and Facebook colluded to filter out the kind of “fake news” propagated by “extreme right wingers” on feeds across the United States and potentially points beyond (we know Angela Merkel was caught on a hot mic asking Mark Zuckerberg if Facebook was “working on” the censorship of anti-immigration and “racist” posts on the site’s German version, and Zuckerberg responded in the affirmative), the meme of Fake News was appropriated and weaponized to devastating effect by the Right; it subsequently exploded out of the Fever Swamp on the back of a green frog and straight into the White House, where President Donald Trump forever tarred CNN with the ignominious appellation Fake News. Watching an entire network implode after Donald Trump calls them Fake News is like watching a triggered feminist when you question the gender wage gap, and it has been an ongoing delight.
It seems like most of the cable news networks, broadcast networks, and major newspapers are in a race to see who can become the “leaders” in dispensing with journalistic integrity, though CNN currently holds the pole position. CNN is the network closest to oblivion, being absolutely pummeled in the ratings; this is the same group of complete jokes that called the Susan Rice scandal “a distraction.” I believe it was Don Lemon, but I get all these Network Gays confused (except for Anderson Cooper—swoon). The Susan Rice scandal is in fact a scandal; it’s completely galling that this kind of thing can happen in our republic, not some banana one, but like so much other corruption in the Obama administration (and clapping Jesus, was there ever corruption in the Obama administration) the media, to quote Andrew Klavan, “Lay supine in thrall to the color of Barack Obama’s skin,” while Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, and company weaponized departments, targeted ideological foes, trashed due process, and made a general mockery of the Constitution. Well, Lynch, Holder, Rice, and Obama are all nominally black, so I guess that gets you a free pass unless you dare to deviate from the identity politics, like a Larry Elder, in which case you’ll be called an “Uncle Tom” for realizing that voting Democrat is voting against your own interests—that is as long as they include personal responsibility and genuine self-sufficiency and self-improvement rather than extensive government hand-outs.
Most of these mainstream media outlets have used the patina of supposedly established credibility and authority in order to sell their concoction of unfounded accusations, hearsay, and outright fabrication as objective news, and have leaned heavily on the major social media platforms to assist in their censorship and silencing of any opposition. FOX News is really the only network that, although most of its on-air personalities are obviously partial to the conservative camp, tries to cover the news fairly, or at least completely, and they have an absolute stud in Tucker Carlson. How (if) FOX adapts to the mainstream media apocalypse will ultimately determine its fate, however, and that starts with the troublesome murmurings regarding Leftward re-orientation behind the scenes in the post-Roger Ailes Era.
It’s an old story, though: the big, lumbering army is slowly bled dry by the more nimble guerilla force that knows the territory and is fighting for home and hearth rather than conquest. Some pundits have bemoaned the fracturing of media into niche outlets, but as in the economy, specialization comes with terrific upside. It will require a different kind of media literacy on our part as consumers to inform our perspectives and shape our understanding of events as they occur, but the benefits of having a plurality of voices are substantial. It’s up to us as consumers to interrogate our sources of information through critical thinking and a learned media literacy to reveal their biases. Speaking of sources, if they’re all anonymous, it’s pretty difficult to lend much credibility to a news story. It will take time to develop these skills, and even the best of us are liable to get fooled, but this is the new reality as the dinosaurs either become chickens or die.
We are witnessing the death throes of a mainstream media that for too long treated itself as an unassailable upper class of its own, divorced from the common rabble in the public as a kind of aristocracy, sprinkling little semi-masticated crumbs of information from their mouths to your ears. The media class belongs to the privileged class of coastal elites: the digital giants, the opinion makers, the intelligentsia. It is in their best interest to control the flow of information to the public and turn them into outrage junkies in order to further their globalist agenda. All of the nonsense about peace and tolerance is a happy-faced mask to hide the fangs underneath.
I’m reminded of one of Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History “King of Kings” podcast episodes, where the roadside stelae in the Assyrian Empire would depict flayed men and ominous warnings about the perils of rebellion in their ancient form of mass media. Today, “racists” and “xenophobes” are ritualistically sacrificed in the Court of Public Opinion, and their social and financial executions are grave warnings to anyone else who dares step out of line with the general (enforced) consensus.
The worst media offender in all of this is of course CNN, but that may only be because we don’t know what untold horrors there are lurking behind the desks at ABC or The New York Times. Hell, after being lenient on FOX News, the next Fake News bombshell could well drop from these or parts unknown. Most of the industry has been so thoroughly corrupted that nothing would shock me at this point, short of maybe honest journalism.
Nearly every accusation levied by the Leftist media has turned out to be projection. This is Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals 101. There was open “concern” that Donald Trump and his supporters wouldn’t accept the results of a fairly-conducted election; that there would be targeted violence and unrest in the streets. It’s like the hit television program The Handmaiden’s Tale—they nailed everything except which religion would (does) actually do this; in the Leftist Bizarro World their rioting and marching and calling for the decapitated head of President Trump is RESISTING TYRANNY, and yet they are the fascists, basically indistinguishable from the Islamic fundamentalists who throw battery acid in women’s uncovered faces in places across the Muslim world.
It’s rather ironic that the self-styled members of the Resistance are actually big-government advocates that are in lock-step with the globalist agenda. When many state and local governments, the deep state, the media, the entertainment industry, the education system, and most multi-national conglomerates and their RINO enablers are your friends, who needs enemies? The Resistance is the Establishment, and they’re the ones encroaching on your right to life, liberty, and happiness. The Leftists are the ones criminalizing free speech, they’re the ones calling for violence and genocide (okay some fringe elements on the Right are doing this, too), and they’re the ones calling to STOP THE VIOLENCE while they smash your head in with a bike lock.
Think about it: which side is saying, “I want the government to spend responsibly and enforce the laws on the books” and “I generally want to be left the hell alone,” and which side is autistically shrieking, to condense the lyrics of the legendary Black Flag, “Gimme gimme gimme, I need some more, don’t ask what for!”? Which side is de-monetizing content creators on YouTube because the opposition (and even many moderates and liberals who don’t regurgitate the Party Line) took advantage of the free market and came to dominate that forum? Which side is calling for censorship and hate speech laws and public humiliation? I’m not painting all liberals with the same brush, but the Leftist off-shoot that’s anything but liberal poisons everything with acrimony and invidiousness; their worldview runs on jealousy and spite, and they use the bludgeon of power and control to beat down anyone who dissents or questions their orthodoxy.
The constant World War II comparisons are getting more than a little tiresome, especially when the people making these comparisons often have little to no historical knowledge with which to frame them. Since the Left feels compelled to turn everything into a black-and-white moral purity test, this would seem to be the most obvious touch-stone, excepting of course that the Allies counted among their ranks one of the most monstrous and deadly regimes in human history—the Soviet Union. The USSR is rarely touched by the Left, despite the fact that they were practitioners of the atheistic collectivism so vaunted by the various Marxist iterations. This is an obvious black eye on their utopian narrative, and let’s also not forget the many other failed manifestations of communism.
Yet the reality of over one hundred million dead in the last century and the inevitable failure of not only communism, but its other, seemingly more benign socialist cousins, never seeps into Leftist discourse. Wealth re-distribution at the barrel of a gun, funding abortion mills, financing the colonization of your homeland by alien, hostile cultures—all in a day’s work for the implementation of a glorious future where we are all the same. And on the Left, they already are. There is a striking uniformity in their worldview, so much so that I’ve taken to calling them the Borg. The smiling faces may be attached to every gender and color under the sun, but the brains behind them seem to be one consciousness, hell-bent on seeking and destroying “Nazis” (aka people that don’t agree with them) wherever they may be found.
That historical moment is over, and the need for such large-scale Resistance is not only obsolete but disingenuous. How many of these people, transported back in time, would’ve actually enlisted and fought real Nazis? Few, if any, since they would’ve also been fighting on the side of the so-called big bad Patriarchy, the side that’s given them the freedom to carry on like spoiled brats well into adulthood, in the form of the United States. If the Left was really trying to combat what they perceive to be right-wing extremism today, not in Fantasy 1939, then you’d think they’d be a little more strategic about it. Case in point: Richard Spencer was a relative unknown outside of the Alt-Right until this whole “punch Nazis” thing started receiving mainstream attention, and that attention’s amplified his standing and following to a significant degree.
It’s apparent that it’s not about fighting the power, but gaining and maintaining power, with a stranglehold if necessary. It’s about the power of chancellors and prime ministers and bureaucrats to sell your country down the river, and if you voice any objections, the legal machinery will chew you up and spit you out. It’s about the power of college professors and administrators forcing their Leftist agenda on students and creating conditions that necessitate the few remaining conservatives in the academy hide their beliefs for fear of losing their jobs. It’s about the power of endless bureaucracy and speech codes and militarized police forces regulating every aspect of your lives, stripping you of your civil liberties, and confiscating your property without due process. I respect the law enforcement officers out there every day putting their lives on the line to protect us, but I do not respect civil asset forfeiture laws that violate everything we should stand for as Americans.
The state has grown into a monstrosity, and with every new regulatory board or federal agency, the hydra grows another head. Even when one of these agencies is mercifully put out of business, two more sprout up to take its place. For the past fifty-odd years, this country’s been pulled Left, so much so that Donald Trump is considered to be some kind of Alt-Right hatemonger. In fact, the political correctness mania produced the Donald Trump phenomenon in the first place. By the same token, however, many of the same people screaming about Trump as a facilitator of right-wing nativism also equate him to Hitler, a socialist. Trump is a fascinating figure I’m going to explore much more fully in the future. Donald Trump is many things to many people, and there are nuggets of truth and inherent contradictions in the dual claims of right- and left-wing sympathies in President Trump once you remove the hysteria and exaggeration; that said, to quote Scott Adams, his election has been a “cognitive dissonance cluster-bomb” for the country, and Trump himself produces an image that’s a kind of moving target.
Trump is certainly not Hitler, however, and has exhibited minimal authoritarian traits. What the Left wants, what the Left needs, to survive, is this Hitlerian figure that’s coming to gas and murder all the Jews, gays, dissidents, handicapped, et cetera, and must be resisted with the full force of…Twitter? Anyway, the guy’s own daughter is Jewish for God’s sake, and he’s the first president to take office openly pro-gay marriage. He’s socially liberal, his views on health care and infrastructure spending certainly lean toward the liberal side of things, and there’s a streak of FDR populism in there, too, the kind Ronald Reagan harnessed to great effect. Those very same measures that made Reagan a great president, however, could also be used to evaluate President Trump—the rebound out of a recession into a flourishing economy (this could also apply to a Bill Clinton comparison, actually), a re-invigorated military and consequent foreign policy successes, de-regulation, and an intangible but detectable sense of real civic pride. The state is a far more bloated apparatus than in Reagan’s day, however, and some of Trump’s big government predilections will, I fear, be enshrined, especially with regards to health care.
Nevertheless, the Left needs their straw man, and here he is in all of his orange glory. But an entire movement cannot subsist on only one man; no, they need a legion of nefarious Nazis who are oppressing and even actively trying to exterminate these poor, hapless brown people and women with no agency of their own, apparently. Last time I checked, the attempted exterminations were coming from unhinged Leftists like James T. Hodgkinson, BLM supporters in cities like Milwaukee, and radical Muslims like Omar Mateen. What unites us on the Right is that we want to be left alone; what exactly that entails is subject to debate, ranging from the creation of an ethno-state to simply de-regulating the economy, but the general impulse is for less imposition on our persons rather than more. Even the White Nationalists (whose leaders were erroneously called White Supremacists by the Anti-Defamation League) don’t want to rule over other races, they want a racially homogenous homeland separate from other races. The Nazis, on the other hand, were Supremacists who wanted to conquer, eliminate “impurities,” subjugate, and create a slave caste of Slavs.
Every movement must stand in opposition to something to some degree, but most movements also stand for something as well. The Left’s entire raison d’être centers on opposing an illusion, and though they’re ostensibly “for” tolerance, inclusiveness, and the like, these are abstractions, ones they don’t even practice, and as a political movement, there’s no foundation beyond taking that which was generated by others, the very definition of parasitism. These people all think they’re Errol Flynn, but they’re much more like Don Quixote, and without their perceived version of rampant systemic injustice, or the control of America by Nazis as the case may be, all of the academy-trained activists would have no identity or sense of purpose. In fact, most of the actual systemic injustices like affirmative action and wealth re-distribution were hatched on the Left, so while Leftists live to fight the power, they are the power, and so it is that their entire selves are now (dis)located in an illusory utopia of their own design—the “no place.”