January 23, 2017: Trump’s essential first move
What a state the media is in.
On Saturday, January 21 – the first full day of the Trump administration – the new president’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, notified the media that a special briefing would take place.
Until that moment, the expectation had been that the initial press event in the White House would be on Monday.
The buzz was palpable. Hundreds of thousands of anti-Trump women had flooded Washington DC that day to reject – many of them mouthing filthy language and gesticulating with disgusting signs – the inauguration of Donald J Trump as the 45th president of the United States.
The overwhelmingly supportive and positive press coverage of this outpouring of feminine fury propagated the clear message that the rejection of the Trump presidency was widespread; that it exceeded support for his inauguration.
Hate-filled celebrity, Madonna, expressed her desire to blow up the White House and – I assume – kill Trump and his family in the process. (Just wondering, but is her incitement to treasonous violence not prosecutable? Is Madonna above the law?)
Unsurprisingly, the left (Democrats and most of the media) had leaped like a salivating vulture onto what it hopes is the new president’s instantly rendered carcass.
But you know what?
In unleashing Spicer, Trump, who has been scorned as being less than a bright bulb, showed himself to be light years ahead of all his critics – including Republican and conservative ones who – instead of being proud of, and championing their newly elected leader – have come across as acutely embarrassed by his behaviour.
Fox News’ Pete Hegseth was virtually alone in recognizing the critical significance of the Spicer-broadside.
How unsurprising that it is the press that is trying to make sense of the president’s decision to attack them!
Let’s remember something chillingly relevant:
As scholars have noted: Adolph Hitler perfectly understood the might of the media. The Nazi did NOT begin to gas Jews immediately upon becoming chancellor of Germany. No. His first action was to establish a media-driven movement that would demonise the Jewish people – portraying them as sub-human and poisoning the mind of “ordinary” Germans against the Jews.
Once they were seen as untermensch – these ‘enemies of the Aryan race’ were not going to be protected by “ordinary” Germans; on the contrary, they would sit quietly by – if not actively support – efforts to annihilate the Jews.
How much more powerful and influential the press has become today.
In a sentence: Its ability to generate popular support for negative political behaviour against a people or a nation, including its own, is underestimated at our peril.
Israel today, for example, perpetually suffers the results of decades of anti-Semitic media coverage that has generated masses of universal support for the Arabs who seek to destroy the Jewish state by creating a Palestinian one.
Who, after all, is primarily responsible for the near universal anti-Jewish/anti-Israel/pro-Arab position embraced by the international community?
There is no doubt that liberal/left-wing journalists have directly contributed to this global modern manifestation of ancient anti-Semitism by covering news out of Israel in a way that has led pretty much directly to the anti-Israel atmosphere that pervades the town.
In my view, in his very first news conference, President Trump identified and masterfully confronted America’s most dangerous foe – the press corps.
He let it be known, via a visibly and understandably nervous new press secretary, Sean Spicer – that the reality in Washington DC and in the United States of America from now on would not permit nor enable the media to set the agenda or the tone.
As Trump’s Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus emphatically warned: “There is an obsession by the media to delegitimise this President and we are not going to sit around and let it happen.
“We are going to fight back tooth and nail every day and twice on Sunday.”
Under this president, that will be his prerogative.
And it jolly well has to be.
As for the argument that Trump had “the lowest approval ratings ever had by a man entering the presidency in the history of polling” – the whole polling industry was shown – from the moment Trump announced his intention to run for the office to the day he beat Hillary Clinton in the election – to be unreliable and anything BUT an accurate taking of the pulse of the American people.
The press is guaranteed freedom of speech by the Constitution of the United States.
That same Constitution positions the POTUS at the very top of the tier in that land.
He had every right – and I believe it was his duty – to engage the Enemy-Media on his terms and in his chosen way.
He has put them on notice. And that’s a very, very good thing.