“Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.” –Saul Alinsky, “Rules for Radicals.“
From the first day Donald Trump entered the Republican fray 50 months ago, he has framed the media as his enemy, and they have framed him as theirs–except when it made them money to not do that. The media’s many leftists have spent decades forging relationships (even marriages), moving in and out of politics, and making the Obama administration into a revolving door for media.
These journalists, pundits and TV personalities have hounded Trump, and Republicans in general, since Trump’s once-inconceivable win. Democrats, including a sitting Member of Congress–Rep. Maxine Waters–have encouraged the public to confront and harass Trump officials and supporters. The New York Times Magazine published a multi-part feature on how Fox News’ Rupert Murdoch and his children “have toppled governments on two continents.”
Editors like the NYT’s Dean Baquet expressed concern over, and severely disciplined, journalists who break rank in the slightest from march cadence advancing their narrative of a racist xenophobic President Trump–including factual statements regarding the national origin of political figures. The leftist media is hyper-aware of its own image, except when its members are called to be introspective in the tiniest bit.
Now the New York Times has everyone in high dudgeon, reporting that Trump-friendly (they call them “conservative” but I would argue with their choice of that word) “operatives allied with the White House is pursuing what they say will be an aggressive operation to discredit news organizations deemed hostile to President Trump by publicizing damaging information about journalists.”
Operatives have closely examined more than a decade’s worth of public posts and statements by journalists, the people familiar with the operation said. Only a fraction of what the network claims to have uncovered has been made public, the people said, with more to be disclosed as the 2020 election heats up. The research is said to extend to members of journalists’ families who are active in politics, as well as liberal activists and other political opponents of the president.
Liberals have used old tweets for years, to destroy those they deem unworthy, in sports and politics. Old non-public shared documents were used to crush Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv’s Harvard admission.
There’s a literal army of compliant newshounds out on the Internet who are more than glad to plow through decades of private information on conservative public figures. Some have come forward on the most feeble grounds to attempt to ruin Justice Brett Kavanaugh, with the media playing see-no-evil, hear-no-evil dumb broker to their fabrications.
Now journalists appear to cower over Arthur Schwartz, a friend of Don Trump, Jr. Schwartz claims to have dirt on NYT editors and others. Tom Wright-Piersanti, an NYT politics editor, made his tweets private, as I’m sure will many other journalists.
The NYT is just now realizing what Trump has said from the beginning:
The campaign is consistent with Mr. Trump’s long-running effort to delegitimize critical reporting and brand the news media as an “enemy of the people.” The president has relentlessly sought to diminish the credibility of news organizations and cast them as politically motivated opponents.
It’s not Trump who has diminished the credibility of news organizations and cast them as politically motivated opponents. But if the shoe fits…