Once Aryan Skynet Goes Live It Doesn't Matter Who Pulled The Switch
Trump supporters, desperate to believe themselves to be the participants in a secular crusade to make America great “again”, have gone so far as to cast The Donald as a kind of absurdist Christ, feared and hated by “the Jews” and – some even dare to suggest – in danger of an assassination attempt if he loosens his lips too much. Mark Glenn of the Ugly Truth podcast is so impressed with the candidate’s enigmatic 9/11 truther credentials that he assumes that Trump must have the backing of some rogue deep state intelligence group that has pledged itself to his personal safety.
Alt-Righters have heard Trump make two or three comments that would seem to allude, if only obliquely, to Israeli crimes against the United States, and this, the story goes, is why “the Jews” are now out to “shut it down”. Trump himself repeatedly sulks in public because the press treats him “unfairly” – this despite the media heaping untold millions of dollars in free publicity onto what TV tycoon The Donald insists is a self-financed campaign. Trump, for instance, took aim and fired his famous mouth at Michael Bloomberg’s media company in particular, insulting the news service as a “disgrace” and claiming it purposefully cited a mischievously low (2.9 billion) estimate for his wealth. “I think bad things will happen for Bloomberg because the quality of their reporting is so bad,” Trump predicted. “Maybe Michael told them to do it,” The Daily Stormer’s “Great White Hope” mock-sniped at his Zio-Mafioso New York crony and benefactor.
The risible Trump-vs.-the-Jews and Trump-vs.-the-Liberal-Media narratives, the latter of which The Donald himself has done much to foster so as to rile his middle American radical fanboys and suck still more attention toward himself, are both demonstrably fraudulent, as will be momentarily evident. Furthermore, the aforementioned Bloomberg media apparatus – nothing if not the quintessential example of both the Jewish news monopoly and “the Liberal Media” – furnishes the ideal case study through which to examine the credibility of the posited death struggle between the putatively belligerent camps.
Does Bloomberg have an agenda to take down Trump? Coverage of the Trump campaign at Bloomberg is by no means uniformly or even predominantly positive; but the media group and its writers – including obviously Jewish ones – in no way exhibit the rabid animosity that many on the Alt-Right would like to attribute to “the Jews”. The Bloomberg group has been critical of Trump’s proposed immigration plan, and Bloomberg Businessweek produced a refreshing revisionist account of Trump’s alleged but never substantiated mega-billions; but at other times the Bloomberg group evinces what might even be described as a mild enthusiasm. Going into the Iowa Caucus, Bloomberg Politics contributor Joshua Green informed Breitbart that “Trump is just kicking ass all across the state of Iowa.”
Given the number of dictator and Hitler analogies in which Trump detractors and boosters alike have been known to indulge, Bloomberg’s reporters exhibit a comparative moderation. Megan McArdle, while disapproving, rings no alarum in her assessment of what a Trump presidency would mean:
What you realize when you get to Washington is that the kind of wholesale change the revolutionaries imagine is not possible. […]
This is the reality: Most of what you want to do to Washington won’t get done — and neither will much of what you want to get done outside of it, if you insist on taking Washington on. […]
This maddens almost everyone, including me. But that is the reality. And it means that the effects of President Donald Trump would be, in most areas, much less dramatic than his followers expect. He could issue some executive orders. I probably wouldn’t like them. But in most departments, the government would continue to go on operating very much as usual. […]
This will be dismaying news to Trump’s supporters, of course, who imagine wholesale war where the losers who are stealing all of America’s greatness get ruthlessly destroyed. Sorry to say it, but if you hate the government now, you’ll hate it just as much under Trump. It will be doing all the same things.
What? No pogroms against hedge fund managers and Auschwitz-like internment of Mexicans?
Most telling and damning for those who insist on the Trump-vs.-the-Jews and Trump-vs.-the-Liberal-Media hoaxes is a surprising episode in which Bloomberg Politics falsified the results of its Republican focus group last summer. Rather than smearing the candidate as one might expect of “the Liberal Media”, Bloomberg’s spin quacks instead misrepresented participant feedback to make Trump appear more popular than he actually was at that comparatively early stage in his candidacy. Talking Points Memo’s Catherine Thompson reports:
Bloomberg Politics’ “With All Due Respect” won the morning Thursday with a boffo focus group of New Hampshire Trump supporters singing The Donald’s praises as a “classy” commander-in-chief-in-waiting who is definitely “one of us,” despite being worth billions of dollars. But one of the voters featured Wednesday night in the focus group told TPM that she’s not a Trump supporter at all. And the same went for most of the other participants in the panel, according to the voter.
Jessica DeBurro was prominently featured in a video of the focus group posted to Bloomberg Politics’ website that showed 12 Granite State residents fawning over Trump’s everyman appeal and vast wealth. Bloomberg Politics described the focus group participants as “12 Republican and independent voters who are supportive of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy,” while co-managing editor John Heilemann, who led the focus group, further stated that the participants were Trump supporters whose “second choices in the Republican field ran the gamut from Jeb Bush and John Kasich to Ben Carson and Ted Cruz.”
But DeBurro, a data analyst, told TPM Thursday in a phone interview that she is actually a supporter of Carson’s and not Trump’s. She added that while all the participants in the focus group had listed Trump among their top three favored Republican presidential candidates, just one person was “100 percent a Trump supporter.”
It was not immediately clear why “With All Due Respect,” which has a troubled history of controversy and pratfalls, could not assemble 12 actual Trump supporters out of the entire state of New Hampshire or why Bloomberg Politics claimed it was a group of Trump supporters when, according to DeBurro, only one of the 12 is currently supporting the boisterous mogul.
While most controversy tied to the show has focused on Bloomberg Politics impresario Mark Halperin, DeBurro further alleged that interviewer Heilemann, Halperin’s co-host, pumped them to think of positive things to say about Trump which could then be edited together into a Trump fawn-a-thon. “What they’re taking is these snippets of us saying positive things to answer questions where they asked us to state a positive thing and then representing it as if we’re all his staunchest supporters,” she explained. “And we’re not.” […]
DeBurro told TPM that she believed the video was selectively edited and that the questions Heilemann asked were engineered to get the focus group participants to speak positively about the real estate mogul.
“The questions were geared mostly toward the positive,” she said. “They were all ‘tell me something you like about him’ or ‘what makes him appealing to voters.’ It was all positive-focused, not ‘what do you not like’ or ‘why do you like this other candidate better.'”
DeBurro said that focus group participants did voice concerns that Trump was a “hothead” and may “say something really stupid.” She added that she had the impression that the focus group would be talking about all the Republican presidential candidates until the focus group settled into the studio.
“They were looking specifically for conservative voters and they asked us for our three choices,” DeBurro recalled. “So I didn’t realize it was entirely about Trump until we got there and [Heilemann] said ‘Oh we’re going to talk about him, mostly.'”
Why would “the Jews” and “the Liberal Media” goad prospective voters into voicing seeming approval of Trump? This, let the reader note, was after the flare-up over his “racist” statement about illegal Mexican rapists. Why, indeed? “New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says Donald Trump running for president would be great for the news media,” New Zealand’s Southland Times reported in its issue of April 13, 2011. “Bloomberg says Trump would generate lots of headlines and buy lots of advertising, which might save the jobs of some journalists.” In other words, Michael Bloomberg, as proprietor of the considerable Bloomberg media apparatus, which only recently launched its timely Bloomberg Politics brand, stands to make a buck by cultivating, sustaining, and exploiting political controversy.
This may also go some way toward explaining the billionaire’s hitherto enigmatic announcement that he may or may not plunge into the presidential fray. What better way than a teased bid for the presidency to get people googling “Bloomberg” and pulling up the mogul’s own house brand news stories in the search results? “By now, the Michael Bloomberg presidential trial balloon is a ritual,” writes Jamelle Bouie at Slate. “National reporters, who are either based in New York or Washington, will debate it, and we’ll eventually conclude that the exercise is a bit silly. Bloomberg won’t run — it was just a trial balloon, after all — and we’ll move on.” Newsday’s Tom Brune contributed these insights on January 26th:
The camp that thinks Bloomberg is mainly sending a message cite the timing and method of making his interest known – a leaked story a week before the Iowa caucuses – and the fact that no third-party candidate has won the presidency.
The story hit as Sanders surged in New Hampshire and Iowa polls, suggesting “this is a ‘stop Sanders’ effort,” said Neil Sroka, spokesman for the progressive nonprofit Democracy for America, which is backing Sanders.
“Bloomberg is extremely close to Wall Street,” Sroka said, and Sanders campaigns against it. Bloomberg also has ties to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who the former mayor would not likely challenge, Sroka said.
Ari Fleischer, former spokesman of President George W. Bush, said Bloomberg’s exploration of a run “is aimed squarely at Sanders if he wins, and it’s putting a toe across the line in case Hillary gets indicted,” a reference to the federal inquiries into Clinton’s use of private email as U.S. secretary of state. […]
Robert Zimmerman of Great Neck, N.Y., a Democratic National Committeeman and Clinton friend, said he isn’t worried about speculation about a Bloomberg campaign.
“To put this in perspective, this is fantasy baseball for political pundits,” Zimmerman said.
Bloomberg is hardly alone in milking the Trump phenomenon for ratings, clicks, and revenue. “It’s the worst and most obvious political snow job in history,” writes Leon H. Wolf at Red State.
The media uses Donald Trump for ratings. Donald Trump uses the media to keep himself front and center in the Republican field, and as an object of two minutes’ hate for his crowd. The media “attacks” Donald, knowing it will solidify his support with his crowd, and the Donald whines and moans about how “unfair” the media is to him ad nauseam. Lather, rinse, repeat.
You get the very clear sense that the media would have absolutely no idea what to cover if Trump were not around. For proof of concept, look no further than the clock Politico kept running earlier today that counted the time since Donald Trump’s last tweet. You can get a sense for how the media really feels about things when the mask slips, and they say what they really think. […]
The symbiotic relationship between Trump and the media in which they pretend to be enemies while they profit off of each other has been great for both Trump and the media, but it’s been terrible and cancerous for the Republican party.
Which, of course, is fantastic news for identitarians.
“The Jews” and “the Liberal Media” both could hardly be less alarmed, however, if Trump becomes the next American president. What follows is a sampling of Bloomberg journalists’ written and tweeted output on Trump. Skynet readership is invited to try to find the hysterical yelps of “the Jews” and wringing of hands of “the Liberal Media” over some imagined Shoah looming on the not-so-distant horizon.
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