WASHINGTON, December 9, 2015 – Rush Limbaugh made an interesting observation concerning GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s contentious relationship with the mainstream media and his bipartisan political rivals.
“The conventional wisdom,” said Limbaugh on his syndicated radio talk show Tuesday, “is that Donald Trump’s insane, he’s a lunatic, crazy. This is dangerous. This is bad. It’s un-American. It’s unacceptable. He’s gotta go… Except he’s leading.”
And this is where the Rush Limbaugh of today parts company with the GOP-can-do-no-wrong Limbaugh of days gone by:
“Inside the Beltway, the Washington establishment, the establishment is aligned and unified on a number of things, Republicans and Democrats alike. And one of those things on which they’ve aligned is that the Drive-By Media is an acceptable, coequal branch of what they do.
“They accept the media as, for a lack of a better term, the great equalizer. The media is always the institution that makes or breaks people. If the media wants to make somebody, they can, and it’s allowed. If the media wants to take somebody out, it’s allowed, and they try and often times get away with it.
“You do not hear the Republican Party condemning the media much. And the reason for this is that inside the Beltway within the Washington establishment, the elite, the ruling class, whatever you want to call it, the media is a coequal member,” said Limbaugh.
Trump’s genius is in the way he picks issues (primarily tied to immigration) that he instinctively knows will displease leaders in both parties, as well as their mainstream media gatekeepers.
But his proposed policies certainly please millions of independent citizens that refuse to be told what is proper to think and say, and who view the media’s attacks on Trump as attacks on them.
“And then he [Trump] sits back and watches (no doubt with a huge smile) the media cover what he says over and over and over and over again,” Limbaugh said. “Then they analyze it over and over and over, and they talk about it over and over and over again. He’s confident that a lot of voters are gonna be able to strip away the [media] bombast and be able to get to the nuts and bolts of what he’s saying.”
And with that, a clueless media launch a new cycle of attacks, they lose on yet another issue, and Trump gets another bump in the polls.
Limbaugh cites a Tyndall Report, which monitors media coverage, and finds that of the 857 minutes of television coverage dedicated to politics on NBC, CBS and ABC, Trump has received 234 – or the lion’s share.
And to curry favor with the media, the other candidates join in the Trump denunciations.
“I don’t care if it’s Hillary or if it is Carly Fiorina. I don’t care if it’s Bernie Sanders or if it’s John Kasich. They all sound the same. What do they all do? They are condemning Donald Trump,” said Limbaugh.
If Trump is on the outside, that means all the others are on the inside.
And some Republicans wonder why the more things change… the more they stay the same.