WASHINGTON, November 23, 2016 — On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump gave television’s cue-card reading talking heads a small taste of what’s in store for them under his new administration.
“I hate your network,” Trump told CNN head Jeff Zucker, “everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,” a meeting participant told the New York Post.
So far, so good.
Tuesday, Trump abruptly canceled a meeting with New York Times editors, columnists and reporters, tweeting that “the failing nytimes just announced that complaints about them are at a 15 year high. I can fully understand that.”
That was encouraging.
The meeting was rescheduled for later that same day, with the Times reporting, “Mr. Trump seemed to go out of his way to praise the institution [the madhouse known as the New York Times], which he called ‘a great, great American jewel.’”
Oh no! That was a very bad move on Trump’s part. He held all the cards, but folded. Too bad.
Question: What makes the New York Times America’s “newspaper of record”?
Deny them that access and you have stopped the Times in its tracks. Better yet, you have effectively stymied the smaller predators down the mainstream media food-chain. You see, they rely heavily on the “Gray Lady” to tell them what is news and, more importantly, how to slant it. The Times is their template.
Build a wall
There is nothing written in the law or etched on stone that says a new administration can’t choose which news entities will have access to the president, his cabinet members and their staffs.
According to The Hill, among the nation’s 100 largest newspapers, 57 endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Only two backed Trump.
He owes nothing to the large, “failing” daily newspapers of America, certainly not the New York Times.
Deny all access to them on day one, period.
Crown a new news leader
The Waxahachi Daily Light, with a daily circulation of 3,500, was the first newspaper in red-state Texas to give its endorsement to Trump.
“America deserves to be freed from the fetters of liberal thinking and Democrat party shenanigans,” wrote the Daily Light’s editorial staff in their endorsement. “The time is now for America to travel a path destined for increased wages, lower taxes, a powerful military, love of the unborn, impenetrable borders, adherence to the Constitution and a reliance on the God of the universe. The time has come to elect Donald Trump.”
Daily Light publisher Scott Brooks told WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas,
“The idea that Trump is getting it from all sides—from the right and the left, is probably a pretty good indication that both of those sides are concerned about how much uprooting he might do.”
Show the Texans some White House hospitality
Send that $100 million, gold-plated, flying monstrosity—the Trump jet—to Waxahachi and fly its entire editorial staff to Washington. They likely number no more than ten persons.
Once at the White House, have the Daily Light staff walk past the White House press corps on their way to the Oval Office. When the correspondent for the New York Times asks the White House press secretary, “What’s up?,” tell him President Trump is giving the Waxahachi Daily Light staff a face-to-face, day-long meeting to discuss the president’s domestic and foreign agendas.
Add that if he wants to know what the president had to say, he’ll have to read it in the Waxahachi Daily Light. In fact, so will the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune—you get the picture.
Now, imagine the front-page of The New York Times the following day. Sitting above the fold, an article on Trump’s military strategy for defeating ISIS begins, “According to the Waxahachi Daily Light …”
After a while, other news outlets will come to realize there is a new “newspaper of record” from which to take their lead.
Sad, alone and ignored—not to mention near bankruptcy—the irrelevant souls at the New York Times, with gobs of time on their hands, might want to drop by the Daily Light website to read a recent op-ed on loneliness by Pastor Paul Gauntt:
“Get off of that electronic device for a while; share some kindness with someone—like paying the tab for the person in the McDonald’s line behind you; get your focus off of yourself—and try to see yourself as God sees you. He loves you.”
Even if President Trump and commonsense, decent Americans don’t.