WASHINGTON, July 21, 2017 — Friday’s announced resignation by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer represents a step in the right direction. Spicer was a calm, soft-spoken presidential spokesman in the mold of calm, soft-spoken presidential spokesmen of the past.
With the glaring exception of “great communicator” President Ronald Reagan, the messaging by GOP administrations like those of Nixon, Ford and Bushes 1 & 2 were weak and confused, allowing their public perception to be molded exclusively by the media.
Thanks to Twitter, President Donald Trump has been able to go over the heads of the mainstream media and the calm, soft-spoken, flat-footed and steady Sean Spicer, honing his message to the American people without the annoying filtering and outright misrepresentations of mainstream, fake news outlets.
When the calm, soft-spoken Spicer took time away from his White House duties to fulfill his obligation to the U.S. Navy Reserve, his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, stepped into his shoes and surprised the White House press corps by channeling her Oval Office boss.
Like the time CNN fired several reporters over a Trump-Russia collusion story based on a single, unnamed source that proved false, and Sanders told White House reporters,
“I think that we have gone to a place where, if the media can’t be trusted to report the news, then that’s a dangerous place for America. And I think if that is the place certain outlets are going – particularly for the purpose of spiking ratings – and if that’s coming directly from the top, I think that’s even more scary.”
That was more than Sentinel Newspapers White House correspondent Brian Karem could stand.
“Come on,” groaned Karem, “You’re inflaming everybody right here, right now with those words.”
And that is the point.
Tangential Republicans keep forgetting the media is not a disinterested party whose only ambition is to report the facts.
They are the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party who, along with partisan players inside the U.S. intelligence community, has been waging all-out war against the Trump administration and the Americans in fly-over country that, along with the Electoral College, denied Hillary Clinton the presidency.
Trump knows communication is essential if he is to win his war against Washington’s Axis powers.
The Allies, in this case, are Trump and those that elected him. The Axis is the media and Washington’s big-government, bipartisan defenders of Obamacare.
To defeat them requires waging an effective war of words against the New York Times, the three major television news networks, and fake news leader CNN.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer had to go because, like most Washington Republicans, he was ineffectual and a little tongue-tied.