The Left’s Counter Attack

If the Left was routed in the last election, they haven’t given up the fight.  They’re intent of fighting tooth and claw against Trump and all that his voters stand for and want for the US.  I thought this summary by the Family Research Council of how the Left is trying to undermine Trump and up the ante in the culture war sounded accurate (though not complete):

The Left is pulling out the stops to destroy President Trump and to stop conservatives any way they can.

Here are five ways the “Progressives” have intensified the war on your values and freedoms:

1) Igniting an explosion of propaganda sold to Americans as “news.” The mainstream media are overwhelmingly committed to undermining President Trump and the conservative cause. We now know that many supposedly nonpartisan journalists were heavily — even financially — committed to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president.

2) Destroying public trust and spreading confusion. The media are hard at work in supporting the leftist agitators by spewing “fake news” and sounding the alarm about nonexistent crises virtually every day — dutifully affirmed and repeated by liberals in Congress and statehouses across the nation — all designed to deceive the American people.

3) Unleashing lawless radicals in the streets and town meetings. It’s now evident that Barack Obama is behind the mobilization of tens of thousands of radical agitators to shout down conservative members of Congress when they hold town meetings back in their districts and states.

4) Maintaining a shadow government working against the American government. Obama appointees who are still serving as unelected bureaucrats inside the federal government are now working against the Trump White House, essentially operating as a sort of “shadow government” from within the government itself. A torrent of suspicious leaks, some of them endangering our national security, as well as several other outrages, have made it painfully clear that enemies of America are at work inside the federal bureaucracy.

5) Coordinating and unifying the falsehood and disruption. The Left is obviously unified in its anti-Trump messaging, and its attacks are clearly coordinated across the entire spectrum of liberal media platforms and organizations.

White peeps just won’t stop being racist

Mommy blogger turned alt right poster girl: Mormon mom-of-six causes outrage by urging her thousands of followers to back her ‘white baby challenge’ and have children to stop ‘black ghetto culture’

Racist alt right blogger, who only goes by the name Ayla online, claims her Mormon religion is under attack by ‘black ghetto culture’

The mother-of-six issued a ‘white baby challenge’ to encourage white families to have as many as or more children as her

And that’s all you need to read of the article to see where it’s going.  The first word is “racist.”  This couldn’t possibly be a hit piece.  Wife with a Purpose says white people should have babies and Mormons shouldn’t be pushing multiculturalism.  Daily Mail says OMG Mormonism has racists!  Awful bad!  I say it’s nice to know that Mormons aren’t all cucked.

Racism nowadays really means nothing more than white people are evil.  People of every other color are told told that their existence makes them wonderful, their cultures should be spread and celebrated.  White people are all trash, their history is violence and oppression, and they ought to all die.  Of course the cute thing is, if any white person complains that this is what they’re being told, they’re immediately dogpiled by people saying “no one says that!”  Y’know like this:

As an African-American woman, it is getting old to keep hearing the psychotic rantings of some white people who have somehow gotten it un their minds that the white race is somehow under attack and that there is somr type of conspiracy among people of color to “outbreed” the white race. Well last time I checked the white race still owned and controlled most of the world’s wealth. So what is holding them back from making little white babies if they feel so threatened? I dont understand this way of thinking. As I sit here writing this post, white men are flying in from all over the planet to take advantage of California’s billion-dollar marijuana industry. I dont know of any black persons being “invited” to the party and none are making money in Silicon Valley, Tesla or Uber. The few who work there have to put up with a sh-tload of racism. And by the way “black ghetto culture” is a microcosm of white American culture which derives from the lowest classes of European culture.

>White people are psychotic for thinking they’re under attack
>White people are awful bad racists
>Attack
>Attack
>Attack

Black ghetto culture is…. white?!  Oh, man, if that’s not proof that white people are evil, I don’t know what is.

Trump’s Speech to Congress

One thing that struck me about the speech was that if we tweaked a few things (perhaps omitted a couple?) and simply changed that R to a D, the democrats could have applauded the whole speech.  Some did clap at points, but often the Dems sat sullenly while the GOP side erupted in applause, frequently rising to their feet.  There were plenty of causes championed by the Left that got a nod from Trump: black history month, women entrepreneurs, paid family leave, even women’s health.  A democrat probably could have given exactly the same speech a decade ago and been praised by his party.

Surprisingly, many of the reactions, even on the Left, were positive or at least not all-out-attack mode (to which we’ve become accustomed).  Here’s one response:

Liberal CNN commentator Van Jones was blown away by President Trump’s tribute to slain Navy SEAL Ryan Owens and his widow during Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday night.

“He became President of the United States in that moment, period,” Jones said. “There are a lot of people who have a lot of reasons to be frustrated with him, to be fearful of him, to be mad at him. But that was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics, period.

“And for people who have been hoping that he would become unifying, hoping that he might find some way to become presidential, they should be happy with that moment. For people who have been hoping that he would remain a divisive cartoon, which he often finds a way to do, they should begin to become a little bit worried tonight,” Jones added. “Because that thing you just saw him do–if he can find a way to do that over and over again, he’s going to be there for eight years.”

More responses:

Media Praise For President Trump’s First Address To Congress Rolls In

How the US press reacted to Trump’s Congress speech

Commenders of Chief: Lib Media Hails Trump Speech

And from CBS, “How did world leaders react to Trump’s speech to Congress?” — a somewhat comical article due to it’s rather limited coverage of “world leaders” and that they felt the need to bring up Russia as “a country … the intelligence community believes hacked the 2016 U.S. election to aid Mr. Trump.”

Considering the more-positive-than-expected reactions, it’s interesting that supposedly “fewer people watched President Trump address Congress for the first time than tuned in to see Barack Obama do the same in 2009.”  While Mainstream Networks were rather down in their numbers, Fox did have the highest ratings among them.  But do these numbers say more about the networks losing viewers than they do about interest in the president’s speech?

Lower viewing numbers may have more to do with where people are watching than how many actually watched.  The past 8 years have made a real difference in where folks are getting their news and watching “TV.”  It’s called the internet people.  I know I didn’t watch the speech on tv.  Nielsen’s ratings isn’t bothering to try to calculate numbers for all the people who’ve watched online (is that even possible?); so it seems the rating are rather meaningless for making comparisons.

But considering that a viewing of the speech on youtube leads to multiple recommendations of negative leftist reactions, I can’t help but think the development of alternative platforms are needed now more than ever.  Here’s hoping the non-liberal techies out there are hard at work.

Update: here’s a transcript of the speech

Presidential-Media Relations

There’s been a lot of fussing lately about President Trump’s treatment of the media.  Oh my, he’s been “combative” and called them “fake news!”  He’s called them out on their negative reporting and spinning of what he says and does — how dare he?!  But as PragerU put it, “Americans should prefer a president who fights with the press than gets in bed with it.”

A year ago (Jan. 3, 2016), the New York Times reported on Obama’s “off-record” meetings with journalists in Calculated Candor Inside Obama’s Off-the-Record Briefings:

What none of the journalists told readers, because they had promised the White House that they would not, was that their attempts to portray the president’s intentions had followed a lengthy and secret meeting with Mr. Obama the day he delivered the speech.

Technically off the record, the president’s extended conversation in the Roosevelt Room that afternoon with 18 prominent columnists was part of a White House tradition aimed at influencing Washington thought leaders without leaving fingerprints — and without fear that an offhand comment from the commander in chief would spark the latest social media firestorm.

These presidential briefings are “a way for people to be able to set aside the urgency of supplying the latest quote from the president of the United States and sit back and listen to the broader argument,” said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary. He declined to comment on the participants or the content of the discussions.

Mr. Earnest said the unannounced sessions with the president allowed Mr. Obama to speak more candidly than he can in public, especially about issues that defy easy answers. Columnists who have attended one of the more than a dozen private meetings with the president in the last seven years are directed not to quote him, disclose what was discussed or use the information they gleaned in further reporting. The attendees are not allowed to even acknowledge that the discussion took place.

But those restrictions, if followed literally, would serve little purpose for the president and his aides, who are eager to make sure his views are written about with what they consider the proper depth and context.

And so the most Washington of games goes on: Columnists, including several who write for The New York Times, get to describe the president’s thinking with confidence and authority, while Mr. Obama can hold forth at length with deniability. The White House holds far fewer private presidential briefings for news reporters who cover the White House.

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The current White House is not unique in using secret presidential face time to try to influence coverage. Previous presidents of both parties regularly invited columnists to the White House for off-the-record sessions. But Mr. Obama is the first president to publish White House visitor logs that document who attends the discussions. It is now possible to match up the columnist briefings with the columns that result.

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Liberal-leaning columnists from newspapers tend to dominate at Mr. Obama’s secret sessions, but the White House has invited some new-media journalists, and prominent conservatives have attended as well. In 2013, Mr. Obama invited five conservatives to a Roosevelt Room discussion.

If They’re Effective, Destroy Them

It’s pretty high praise what the MSM and SJWs have been trying to do to Milo Yiannopoulos.  The more effective a person is the more important it is to shut them up.  They couldn’t make the white-nationalist, Nazi, alt-right narratives to stick.  Violent riots couldn’t stop him.  Every sneer and nasty name just makes him smile.  So they’ve really pulled out the stops this time: he’s a pedophile apologist.

They got him disinvited from CPAC and are trying to get him fired from Breitbart.  The real low blow is canceling his book.  And of course anything Milo says to defend himself isn’t good enough.

Now, let me be the first to say that if Milo really is condoning pedophilia, then we should burn him at the stake, but considering what a good job he’s been doing on college campus across the country, his book sales, and the amount of attention he’s been getting lately, it seems to be more likely that this is just a media hatchet job.  Plus consider how quick they were to jump on these accusations when they call anyone who even considers Pizzagate a tinfoil hat nutjob.  Milo says a couple ill considered things and that’s cause for public execution, but James Alfantis can tape children to tables and talk about “chicken lovers” in the caption for a picture of a baby on Instagram and no one bats an eye.  Double standard much?

I don’t particularly care about CPAC so whatever.  If Breitbart fires him… well, I started reading Breitbart because of Milo’s coverage of Gamergate.  If Milo goes, then so do I.  And Simon & Schuster, just waiting for a reason to drop it, were you?  I want my Milo book.  I want my Milo audio book.  I had better get it, and I hope however Milo ends up publishing it, he makes ten times the amount he was going to from those bastards.