COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 3, 2016 — Donald Trump is on the attack against the mainstream media. During a press conference to counter media questions about whether he’d distributed $5.6 million he raised for veterans groups, he provided a list of veterans groups that were recipients. He then continued his conference for 40 minutes more, denouncing reporters as “dishonest” and “not good people.”
This wasn’t the first time Trump has called out the media, but it was the first time he has done it while standing in front of the reporters themselves.
Rush Limbaugh was the only political commentator to note the significance of Trump’s long overdue “Christmas-gift-for-conservatives” rant:
“How many years have people been begging for a Republican to just once take on the media the way Trump did? All the way from the premise, to the details, to the motivation? … Near the end of it a frustrated journalist (paraphrasing), ‘Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump, is it gonna be this way, are you gonna be attacking us after you become president?’ … People at home watching this (laughing) cause, folks, in the age of internet trolling, manners are out the window. It’s a waste of time asking for manners here.”
Limbaugh, his listeners and conservatives who long ago gave up expecting the liberal media to deliver the news accurately had long been waiting for this day. Conservatives are chastised daily for failing to comply with the MSM’s political correctness dictates, but Trump insists on speaking his mind without a media filter.
Media schoolmarms and their designated “victim” groups find Trump’s free-wheeling language beyond the pale. They have schooled us for so many years in the appropriate way to behave and speak, they expect Americans to take their sanctimonious direction and remain inside the boxes they’ve made for us.
Americans have in large part complied, enduring the liberal media’s condescension. But some conservatives have scrutinized the media in an attempt to understand how the media version of morality became the order of the day in the first place.
One observer is Thomas Sowell, whose 1996 study, “The Vision of the Anointed,” discusses the vision that liberals promote:
“Desperate evasions of discordant evidence, and the denigration and even demonizing of those presenting such evidence, are indicative of the high stakes in contemporary culture wars, which are not about alternative policies but alternative worlds and of alternative roles of liberals in these worlds.
“Opponents must be shown to be not merely mistaken but morally lacking. This denigration or demonizing of those opposed to their (liberal) views not only has the desired effect of discrediting the opposition but also has the unintended effect of cutting off the path of retreat from positions which become progressively less tenable with the passage of time and the accumulation of discordant evidence. The very thought that those dismissed as simplistic or maligned might have been right—even if only on a single issue—is at best galling and potentially devastating. Liberals’ last refuge in this situation are their good intentions.”
Sowell continues to call out liberals’ sense of superiority. He cites a March 2010 article in National Geographic by evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa. Kanazawa, who claims that people with higher levels of intelligence are more likely to adopt social values and liberal behaviors that are relatively new to human existence. Kanazawa defines liberalism as caring about the well-being of vast numbers of people they’ll never meet. He says that this “is a very new thing for humans.”
One is reminded of the popular question “What would Jesus do?” It’s frequently thrown at conservatives who want to maintain their constitutional freedoms. The same liberals who either avoid “churchism” or are atheists never fail to appeal to religion when reasoned argument escapes them.
The mainstream media drapes liberalism in a cloak of moral superiority, as if its virtuous intent justifies any behavior. They paint conservatives who are all about small government and individual rights as greedy, uncaring and stupid, disregarding reason for emotional, value-laden positions.
To the media’s consternation, Donald Trump, after taking positions they label “brutal,” “ignorant” and “cruel” is still running and still thriving. A lifelong businessman, Trump is the very image of rugged individualism and American free enterprise. His every pointed sentence grates on the media’s highly developed sensitivities and nanny instincts, yet he remains ebullient, flourishing on the national stage.
Trump is in their faces, speaking his mind. He stands for the forgotten American, the one who works hard, plays by the rules and expects the government to do the same.
Near the end of his Tuesday tirade, one reporter plaintively asked Trump the $64,000 question: If he becomes president, will it always be this way? Will Trump always be so blunt and adversarial, accusatory even, in his relations with the media?
Of course, he said, so long as the mainstream media continue to print their lies.
This is a new America. The silent majority as represented by Donald Trump has just begun to roar. They’re redefining America’s moral code to be as it once was and as they wish it to be again. Americans are tough, freedom-loving, self-motivated people who do not like being told what to do or how to speak.
Thanks to Trump, the American spirit is finding its voice again after long years in the wilderness of double talk, government lies and political correctness.
“Truthiness” is back. The mainstream media may want to get used to it.
*Cartoon by Branco, reprinted with permission and by arrangement with LegalInsurrection.