Remember that ‘barrage’ of Trump’s tweets on November 21-22? They were a smoke screen to keep you distracted from the secret meetings Trump was having with the “dishonest media”. That was fake news.
Keep reading. See how the fake tweets and fake news of that day were created. It’s a long process, but at the end you will see the results.
The Media swears Fealty to the Don Behind Closed Doors
The oligarchy and conservatives of differing ideologies and bank accounts sizes are lining up to guide the Apprentice President and put their resources at his disposition (all highlights and underlines by me):
“But we’re happy that he’s picking people who have that free market background, particularly because on many issues, he is a blank slate, so anybody with expertise is in an amazing position to shape his agenda.” On Trump surrounding himself with ultra-libertarian Kock brothers’ network members, at Politico.
The American mainstream media MSM is also in line pledging their support to the Donald, the man they used to call during the elections “a threat to democracy” and “the most immoral candidate ever to run for president”. They share much with Mitt Romney in that way, don’t they?
But their pledging is happening behind closed doors. It does matter, folks, that it is behind closed doors.
Trump met in private with the owners of cable and TV networks on Monday November 21. The next day, Tuesday 22, he met with The New York Times (NYT), first in private and afterwards on an on-the-record “conversation”. The problem with this is…nobody gives anything for nothing at the highest levels of the oligarchy or the MSM. The free market demands an exchange of values. But no one in the media is letting us in on that transaction. Pity.
In a veiled effort to protect the Don from criticism from his followers for having secret deals with the despised “dishonest media”, some media outlets tried to justify the secret meetings as something perfectly normal.
The “lying media” told us that week, after the meetings took place, that every elected president meets with the MSM before/after his (no female president yet) inauguration to set the goals, rules of the game, and understandings that will characterize their relation in the new administration. They explained that those perfectly normal meetings are held both on-and off-the-record. There’s a private meeting from which the public is kept in the dark, and a meeting where the media let’s the public in.
Note: You are probably trying to figure out why is this so familiar? Well, it has to do with Hillary Clinton. Of course! Now you remember, don’t you? The MSM vilified her as acorrupt liar and not trustworthy because she once supposedly said in a ‘secret speech’ to Wall Street, that every administration should have two forms of meetings, one private and one for the public. We didn’t get to know from the media her explanation nor the context of the comment. Only the fact that she said it was necessary to portray her as corrupt. [TRUE FACTS USED AS WEAPON:Spinning] She clarified later, but not published by the MSM, that she was talking on the topic of security of government information.
But now the MSM has no moral compunctions about hiding from the public their conversations with the man they said “threatens our democracy”. That same man,Trump, must have gotten what he needed from that private meeting with The NYT, for he came out of it gushing praises at The Times as the “jewel” of the world media.
TRUMP: Thank you all, very much, it’s a great honor. I will say, The Times is, it’s a great, great American jewel. A world jewel. And I hope we can all get along. We’re looking for the same thing, and I hope we can all get along well.
Knowing Trump as we do, we know he gushes for no one for free. We didn’t get the transcript of that private meeting, so we don’t know how close and intimate that relationship between the MSM and his administration will be. But based on the story they concocted for the public during those two days, we can imagine how close that relation will be. Too close.
Who Needs Who More: A Quid pro Quo a la Carte
The Apprentice President, as any president, will need the support of the MSM. In part to help disseminate the (mis)information needed to obtain public opinion support for his policies, whether from direct press releases and friendly press conferences, or from ‘leaks’ to the media.
For example, the American MSM agreed to cover the 2002 invasion of Iraq on President Bush’s Jr. terms, agreeing in that way to compromise its independence and credibility. There were to be no emotional TV images of soldiers’ coffins arriving at the airport, and no free-roaming-through-Iraq journalists: Only media “embedded” to the military would be allowed and ‘protected’. This media policy aimed at controlling negative public opinion of the war that would have resulted as a consequence of uncensored journalists’ reports. Vice President Dick Cheney memorably stated “this is not going to be covered like Vietnam”. And so it wasn’t.
But the media moguls also depend on access to the president’s administration for their business of public (mis)information; and also because, as owners of the media, they are part of the oligarchy, they want to control what information comes out of the White House and Congress. Murdock and Bezos have interests to protect too. They are not called ‘the fourth power’ for nothing. Except that this new president was “tremendously” successful at vilifying the “dishonest and lying media”. A democracy can’t tolerate the perception that its mainstream media is the equivalent of Soviet propaganda state media. Be clear about this, when the Donald called them “dishonest and lying media”, he meant propaganda media. That’s salesmanship.
And this is why it is in the public’s interest to know how the media moguls and Trump negotiated the future of the media relationship with his administration.
So, as you can see, this situation requires a quid pro quo. Enter the drama.
The Apprentice President Episode01: Fake news – media ‘startled’ by fake Salvo of tweets from crazy president (this is good!)
As new president-appointed, the Donald had his first “bigly” meetings with the media in the only way he knows how: as a Trump event, pure entertainment.
He had scheduled, days ahead of time, meetings with cable and TV media moguls for Monday 21 November, and with The New York Times (NYT) for Tuesday 22 November. Both were to be off-the-record meetings, but the public was not informed ahead of time about the scheduled meetings.
As I discussed above, it just doesn’t look good for the new president to be meeting in secret with the media. So, they do what they do best: Turn the whole affair into a show/drama to keep the people’s attention away from the private meetings as they were happening. While the private meetings were going on, the rest of the media was in a ‘frenzy’ ‘informing’ the public about Trump’s ‘crazy’ tweets. Oh my god, he cancelled the on-the-record meeting but…wait, he uncancelled it!
Meanwhile, you didn’t realize he had already met in private with the NYT. The drama they created around the fake tweets is appalling in its deviousness.
The Fake News
All of the media made the exact same report about Trump “barrage of tweets” to cancel the meeting with the NYT.
According to the agreed-upon-by-everyone-facts, the media told us that Trump woke up early in the morning of November 22, at 6:31 AM to be precise, to start a “barrage” of tweets at that time about cancelling and “uncancelling” his meeting with the NYT. Funny thing is, the agreed-upon fact, that he was up at 6:16 AM, is inaccurate.
The first tweet happened at 3:16 AM. oops! Not one media outlet took notice of the discrepancy.
Those are two different tweets. It matters because, if I’m correct that those are two different tweets, they point at concerted deception by all MSM involved. The intention was to tie the public from early morning on an all-day media frenzy about Trump cancelling and “uncancelling” the meetings, with all the distraction attached to it, and with the intention of concealing the fact that Trump and the MSM had agree to, and were in fact meeting in secret.
The script every media outlet was to use went like this:
Trump ‘unleashed’ a ‘crazy barrage’ of tweets to ‘punish’ the ‘lying media’ for ‘lying about him’ (as in ‘they deserved it’). Their reports should all emphasize an image of Trump as being consistent with his anti-media campaign attitude and his promise to ‘deal’ with the “dishonest media”. And he should come across as castigating the media and making them scared of him, in other words, he must be portrayed as masculine and powerfully virile, even if ‘crazy’.
As you can see from the Google search ‘trump meeting with the media tweets’, they used powerful active verbs and descriptive words to describe him: he “scolded the media”, “slammed the mainstream media”, “openly [he’s no afraid of them] criticized the media”…
In other words, Trump went OTT (over the top) of the TV networks and spoke directly to the American people, as his predecessor, President Barack Obama, had done on occasion. The intended message to the TV networks and to the American audience was, “I don’t need the TV networks to communicate with the people. I can use social media platforms on the internet.” He thus threw a spotlight on the shift of media power from linear TV to the random-access and immediate, on-demand-access content distributed on the internet. [Forbes mag: Trump Meetings Spotlight A Media Power Shift]
He spoke “directly to the American people” through tweets, for crying out loud. They even compared him with Obama! And the message? He will be talking to the public through tweeter! Notice also the phenomenon I have called Trump Apologist: People who explain Trump’s behaviors and intentions to the public as if they were in his mind. That guy on that quote seem to be speaking for Trump.
And, finally, the MSM was reporting ‘live’ from inside the private meetings. They were not reporting any agreements about what kind of relations will exist between his administration and the MSM. Nope. They were reporting live that Trump made the meeting like it “was a f…firing squad”. They broke the confidentiality agreement to tell you how ‘brave that man is’: the Lone Ranger.
The important element to consider is that the message was sent across the media, no one detoured from the script. Consistency of message is key in the MSM’s fake news, as well as timing: They keep you hooked with a frenzied ‘report’ about ‘crazy Trump’ from the moment you wake up in the morning and for the next two days. Then it disappears. No one remembers that Trump met in secret with the media.
It is exactly what happened with Hillary Clinton’s emails: The media covered them 24/7 for one and a half-year. Then, on November 9, after they achieved the goal of defeating Clinton, the emails disappeared as if by magic.
The public will remember the feeling of Trump going crazy that day trying to castigate the media into obedience. They will love him for it. But the details of that day…not registered in their minds. They will be oblivious of the fact that he and the “lying media” are working together behind the curtain to make sure the ‘deplorables‘ follow the script written by the owners of the MSM.
FAKE NEWS COOKED
The extraordinary events of November 21 and 22 were fake news and events. Faked was Trump’s tweeting ‘meltdown’. Faked was his ‘anger at the media’. Faked were the ‘live’ reports from “inside the private meetings” describing to you live how he was ‘killing them’. There is no way for you to corroborate that information, you must trust the lying media is telling you the truth. And since they all agreed in their reports, it must be true, doesn’t it? Isn’t that fantastic? You distrust the lying media but you trust the information they feed you is true.
Those two private meetings (the 21 and 22) were confidential, but the MSM wants you to believe they were willing to break their own interest in their own confidentiality. Fake was the ‘news’ that Trump himself got up at 6:31 Am to start a “storm” of tweets. On whose mind does it fit to believe that a man already in control of this nation will get up at that time to do that? Faked are the reports on the Donald’s ‘craziness’.
He is so ‘crazy’ that he is filling his cabinet with the top of the top of Wall Street, with racists and warmongers, all from the top of the elite world. The Murdocks and the Bezos of the MSM are not threatened by that craziness.
They are threatened by yours, for you did put the fear in their hearts. But now they control you. The media will accept being called the “lying media” as long as it serves the purpose of keeping Trump’s followers happy thinking that he is flagellating the “dishonest media”.
What matters is that Trump is putting the government in the hands of the most recalcitrant ultra-right-wingers, which is to say fascists, globalist and non-globalists alike.
The owners of the MSM, Murdock, Bezos, etc., are part of that elite. They belong to the class of men that will have no moral qualms to open ‘centers of detention’ for the ‘out of control’ angry voters threatening “the success of globalism”. To calm the angry voters, these elite will use the power of the media to manipulate the people’s emotions, to keep they distracted and entertained; to keep them angry and easily mobilized when needed.
Welcome to the reality show presidency. The MSM and the elite will write the script for Trump. Just sit down and enjoy it. You may be called to be extras.
And follow the Fuhrer, please. He is courageous, he will demolish the dishonest media with his own brand of dishonesty.
Good luck out there, people.