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Backstabbers vs. frontstabbers in the swamp

Don’t you just love those videos when the bully gets slammed down because he messed with the wrong person? That’s almost as satisfying as watching President Donald Trump gobsmacking a biased, bullying MainStream Media.

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America’s media has grown accustomed over the decades to launching never-ending attacks on conservatives and getting away with it. Leftist journalists always made sure to get in the last word when a conservative tried to fight back. An unfair media copped the role of bully but always denied it. The press heaped withering disapproval on anyone who dared criticize the actions or the policies of leftist politicians. Over time, they cherished their position as an opponent that can’t be dealt with; the media relished its role of recruiting allies to organize the power of the American left, explaining and running leftist thinking in the U.S., and becoming its promoter.

In this process, the MSM became dishonest, perfecting its fake news and choosing to ignore news that aided conservative causes or strengthened the political power of the right. Graduates of journalism school were think-trained to be kind to leftist and protestor causes, and to undermine the military, the business community, industry and capitalism.

When Donald Trump rose to power, a stunned media gathered themselves to the task of undermining his presidency and neutering him. They cultivated Obama administration holdovers to be leakers of information, never mind the harm to America. When leakers leaked lies, the press ran the lies as news, reveling in made-up information from unnamed, anonymous sources. The media’s purpose? To actively hurt Trump with questionable stories that weakened the office of President of the United States.

But then the MSM got slammed with its own poison: Whenever they threw a punch, Trump launched flurries of counter-punches. He returned fire, counter-slamming even harder, a new sheriff in town with a big hog on his hip that he didn’t mind using. Trump took the gloves off, went for the jugular. He called people names and spit the media’s tripe back at them. The target became the shooter. He created his own media, organized his own audience through tweeting. And, oh, how the mighty media are now falling and losing respect, slipping into the liberal wilderness. They’re bleeding money, the ad revenues of CNN and MSNBC trailing behind.

The liberal media does not know how to deal with Trump the businessman. They’ve never seen a president like Trump. Washington journalists grew up interviewing slippery diplomats and politicians, fond of talking from both sides of their mouths, or lying outright.  The Beltway press, accustomed to dealing with glib opportunists and backstabbers from the career political class, can’t handle a high-powered, fearless businessman who says what he is thinking. They don’t understand that when most successful chief executives have to stab, they are frontstabbers, not backstabbers.

The press is accustomed to politicians who go along to get along.  But Trump is an in-your-face disruptor. He likes to fight and disturb the status quo. The man monumentally disrupted the Republican Party in 2016, then positioned himself as the people’s maverick outsider to win the General Election, and is now shooting to root out some of the denizens of the Washington Swamp.

The media, smitten with globalism’s New World Order, would have you believe that Trump on the world stage is a disaster. That he has abdicated America’s leadership role. But Trump, unlike Obama, is not a turn-the-other-cheek weakling on international issues. Trump’s foreign policy focuses on the economic interests of the U.S., and he is not shy about interrupting any longstanding arrangements that hurt America’s competitiveness.

Of course, the press bleats that when America refuses to go along with 19 other nations on the Paris Climate Accord, somehow this means the U.S. is no longer leading. It’s a typical cockamamie reaction of leftists who puzzlingly conclude that America can only lead if we follow the group—remember the jokes that sprang up in 2011 when the Obama White House described his foreign policy as “Leading from behind”! Well, the joke these days is on the MSM and their fading influence.

John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
John R. Smith

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