WASHINGTON, January 27, 2017 — It’s clear President Donald Trump is listening to chief White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon. Whether it’s media claims comparing the size of his inaugural crowd to that of former President Barack Obama or incidents of voter fraud across America, members of the press are tripping over one another in a mad dash to “fact check” the new president’s every assertion.
While they do, Trump governs.
In an interview with the New York Times, a belligerent Bannon reminded the leader of American journalism that “elite media” got the outcome of the 2016 presidential election “all wrong,” calling it a “humiliating defeat that they will never wash away.”
He added that the mainstream media should just “keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton minion and Democratic Party operative, David Brock, announced to a gathering of left-leaning donors he intends to launch an all-progressive, all-the-time Twitter alternative.
The endeavor is meant to exclude conservative trolls (dissenting opinions) from contaminating the mind-numbing unanimity of agreement among those in the grip of the left’s Hive Mind.
Brock told the Florida gathering that his organization, Media Matters, has teamed up with Facebook to rid the universe of “fake news” (alternative conservative views), which Brock believes played a significant role in Mrs. Clinton’s November defeat.
“Progressives need a media outlet with the power, influence, and reach to combat Trump and the media ecosystem he has emboldened,” wrote Brock in a handout to attendees.
This outlet Brock calls an “antidote to Breitbart.” This outlet Brock calls Shareblue.
But unlike Twitter, Shareblue will exact a fee from its users.
And this brings to mind Air America, the left’s entry into the commercial talk-radio market in 2004. It was hoped the progressive alternative to conservative talk giant Rush Limbaugh would dent the medium’s ability to focus conservative voter angst into political action.
Limbaugh was credited with helping end the sixty-two-year hegemony of the Democratic Party over Congress in the midterm elections of 1994, which the media dubbed the “Republican Revolution.”
And it was a Republican Congress that gave Democratic President Bill Clinton a standing ovation during his 1996 State of the Union Address, in which he declared an executive and legislative branch alliance to end “welfare as we know it.”
But one short year after Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo and Joy Behar – among other on-air personalities – began railing against the Iraq war and the presidency of George W. Bush, it was discovered founder Evan Cohen launched the liberal network with funds “taken from a Bronx Boys and Girls network,” said the New York Sun.
More than $800,000 was misappropriated, taken from low-income, inner-city kids to line the pockets of pampered, predominantly white liberals. That’s because it was difficult to raise money through normal channels for what investors clearly understood to be a money-losing boondoggle.
Executives resigned, the money was repaid and Air America moved on.
But in 2010, as Time magazine reported, “The liberal radio network… expired nine weeks short of its sixth birthday, after waging a heroic battle against advertiser indifference and listener apathy.”
In short, Air America answered the age-old question: Suppose they gave a war and nobody came?
David Brock shouldn’t put too much faith in the success of Shareblue. Its survival, like that of the defunct Air America, rests on its commercial viability.
It was Brock who told supporters he had compiled enough opposition research on “The Donald” to “knock Trump Tower down to the sub-basement.”
His friends in the media obviously used everything he gave them.
He and they failed.
Creating an insulated, social networking bubble to repeat the left’s tired bumper-sticker slogans over and over again won’t get them anywhere.
Instead, they should take Steve Bannon’s advice, keep their “mouth shut and just listen for a while.”
Who knows, they might just learn something.