2/21/2017: Cultural Marxism and the Demolition Derby

Cal Thomas: Donald Trump’s demolition derby – “The president collides with the media and the public cheers.”

When CNN’s Jim Acosta addressed the president at last Thursday’s raucous news conference, he accused Mr. Trump of damaging the First Amendment by his frequent questioning of the media’s fairness. It is actually the other way around.
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Some reporters believe they have an obligation to hold leaders accountable, and they are right to a point, but they don’t appear to believe anyone should hold them accountable.
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Mr. Trump is an unconventional president dealing with conventional media. They don’t get it. He does.
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Few people would deny the right or even the obligation of journalists to be skeptical, but, in too many instances, skepticism has become cynicism. Just think of how the media characterizes all things conservative.
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The media are like the second choice and as ratings and subscriptions sadly show, people are walking their business out the door. I seriously doubt the newspaper campaign will attract new customers. Virtuous people and noble professions usually don’t have to convince others of their virtue and nobility. It is obvious. With much of the media represented at White House press conferences, virtue and nobility are in short supply.

Conrad Black: A Purblind Press, Unable To Admit Error, Boycotts the President –

That leaves the press, and the president’s elevation of his counterattacks on the “failing” New York Times, CBS, ABC, NBC, and CNN as “enemies of the people.” Provided that what is meant is that those outlets have been so slanted and malicious that they have misled the declining section of the country that takes them seriously and that this is inimical to the country’s democratic desire for an informed electorate, it is a justified statement.
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The Democrats’ fears, though not their tactics, are justified; the press’s unprofessional and dishonest calumnies are not. The press should revisit its boycott of the president and contemplate their own shortcomings. It is they, and not he, who threatens a free press. Mr. Trump, and the country, will win.

The Mainstream Media Have Forfeited All Respect by Steve McCann – “Over the past half-century, the mainstream media in the United States have evolved into interloculars for and the Praetorian Guard of the Ruling Class.”

Beyond the boundaries of the Washington-New York axis, a significant majority of the people are fully cognizant that a leviathan encompassing the entertainment complex, the education establishment and the Democratic Party, has successfully inculcated a plurality of the American people into believing there are no moral absolutes and that the state can grant any rights it so chooses to whomever they choose. Further, the nation’s founding documents are arcane, racially insensitive, and unsuitable for today. Thus, religious liberty, property rights and freedom of speech are under aggressive assault. The mainstream media have chosen sides and their reporting reflects their alliance with this leviathan, … There is virtually no balance in media coverage and to the average citizen there is no doubt that the media has an agenda.

Reporting? Liberal Media Have Much More in Mind Than That by Joe Schaeffer – “The issue, however, has nothing to do with that. It’s that these organizations are openly asserting a right to define, control and impose their world-view on us. That’s the real problem.”

To start, they are defining what is and isn’t offensive in America today, claiming they can make those designations even while admitting they don’t have all the facts, and that you, the reader, deserve to lose your job if you fall outside of the rigid box they construct. There are numerous recent examples.
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These media elites are openly ascribing to themselves the right to define and control the information you receive and even the personal judgments you make after absorbing that information.

This is the same media complex that dares to assert that Trump is pushing an oppressive totalitarianism by moving to enact the campaign promises he made to the electoral majority of the American people.

In case you wondered, this is what the term “Cultural Marxism” looks like in real life.

Charlie Martin: ‘Trump Trance’? Media Sure It ‘Heard’ Sweden Comment Trump Never Said – “The furor about the Trump presidency has gotten to the point that people are literally (and I don’t mean figuratively literally, I mean literally literally) seeing and hearing things that aren’t there.”

It’s easy to dismiss this as another example of “fake news,” the phrase that went from novel to cliché in about 22 minutes, but that’s not what happened here. This was an entirely different phenomenon: people’s perceptions are actually being altered, first by their attitudes toward Trump, and then by the reinforcement from various outlets that share their attitudes toward Trump.

The media is in a trance. They are concentrating on seeing “Trump the idiot” or “Trump the liar,” and no one sees the dancing bear. Anyone concerned with understanding what’s actually going on needs to be aware of this.

Some – a lot – of what’s being reported is just not true. It didn’t happen.

Victor Davis Hanson: Seven Days in February – “Trumps’ critics, left and right, aim to bring about the cataclysm they predicted.”

Currently, the political and media opponents of Donald Trump are seeking to subvert his presidency in a manner unprecedented in the recent history of American politics.
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The elite efforts to emasculate the president have sometimes taken on an eerie turn.
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Fake news proliferates. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Representative Elijah Cummings recently attacked departing national-security advisor Michael Flynn by reading a supposed Flynn tweet that was a pure invention. Nor did Trump, as reported, have a serious plan to mobilize “100,000” National Guard troops to enforce deportations.
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Clearly in empirical terms, nothing that Trump in his first month in office has done seems to have justified calls for violence against his person or his removal from office. What then accounts for the unprecedented venom?
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Trump’s efforts to return politics to the center — enforce existing laws, complete previously approved projects, rein in government regulations and growth, recalibrate U.S. alliances to reflect current realities, unapologetically side with friends and punish enemies — were viewed as revolutionary rather than as a return to conventionality
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ending Trump one way or another is apparently the tortured pathway his critics are taking to exit their self-created labyrinth of irrelevance.

Robichaud: Election of outsider Trump rankles federal bureaucrats – “War has been declared on President Trump. It’s actually a war against those of us who work for a living, pay taxes, don’t collect a government handout, pay for our own health insurance and don’t have lobbyists on the payroll.”

Since the November election, it has been a nonstop barrage of hate from the Democrats and the mainstream media … At first, you probably thought the crybaby routine was due to them being sore losers, but that’s not the case. The main reason is that we elected an outsider with a mandate to drain the swamp.

George Neumayr: Who Will Hold the IRS Accountable? – “Congress needs to get to the bottom of Obama-era harassment of non-profit groups.”

In the bubble of Washington, pols strain at the gnat and swallow the camel. They chase after media-driven pseudo-scandals while letting real scandals linger.
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Americans don’t toss and turn at night over fears of a hazy network of Russian hackers. But they do fear letters from the IRS.
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Obama left office claiming that his administration had been “scandal-free,” a whopper blatantly refuted by the politicization of the IRS on his watch. If Congress fails to ventilate the IRS scandal sufficiently, Obama’s embeds at the IRS will continue to harass conservative groups. A lazy and biased media has pushed the propagandistic line that the scandal was overblown and is now ancient news. It isn’t.
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Under the framework of the founders, the people are masters, not servants, and the IRS holds no bondage on their freedoms.

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