We’ve heard the word “collusion” more times in the past few months than in probably our entire lives combined. The central idea pushed by Democrats is that Donald Trump and/or his campaign colluded with Russia to subvert our election. This is a topic that has overwhelmingly dominated media coverage since the election. Numerous media outlets have spent entire days at a time peddling this theory, with ZERO evidence. There is not one shred of evidence that Donald Trump “colluded” with Russia. I read an entire article accompanied with a massive infographic on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia in the Washington Post a month or two ago. The “connections” they attributed to Trump? The Miss Universe Pageant, and what they called “murky” relationships in business.
I want you to do a little experiment. Google the phrase “Donald Trump murky ties.” What you will find is article after article, page after page using exactly the same language. Now ask yourself, how does every single media outlet have an article using exactly the same language? Murky is not exactly a daily use type of word. Let’s take a look at the word murky. Here’s the dictionary definition:
“dark and gloomy, especially due to thick mist.”
“not fully explained or understood, especially with concealed dishonesty or immorality.”
“dark and dirty; not clear.”
This word is clearly meant to imply something dark and nefarious. In addition, it’s a word that is unique, not a word you hear every day so it sticks in your mind. It’s also extremely vague, allowing the reader to insert their own confirmation bias fueled attributes. If you already believe Donald Trump is a criminal of some sort, but you have no evidence for it, what would be a perfect word to use that clearly conveys dishonesty? Murky is really hard to beat for a vague, sort of nefarious sounding word. So how did virtually every single media outlet manage to come to the same EXACT same wording?
Let’s try this again. Google the phrase “Donald Trump chaos.” This one will bring even more hits. You can go back months and months, all the way through the campaign and find literally hundreds of articles, usually in the title of the article. Chaos is another vague word that conveys negative disorder.
Now for the last one, though we could keep going for some time, Google the phrase “Donald Trump dark.” Again, hundreds of articles. “Dark” is another vague word you hear in relation to Trump. What do all three of these words have in common? Murky, Chaos, and Dark. All negative. All vague. They also share one big quality: They allow the reader to insert their own visions into the word of what they already believe about Donald Trump, playing on the reader’s confirmation bias. Again, how does every media outlet come to the exact same word usage and conclusion within hours of each other, and sometimes simultaneously?
The Answer: The Real Collusion story is the Mainstream Media with the Democrats and the DNC.
During the election, thousands of pages of emails were released by Wikileaks. In these pages we found the real collusion scandal: The Media is completely owned by Democrats and the DNC. I’m actually surprised this wasn’t that big of a deal to more people. So what did they reveal?
1. Journalists outright vetting questions for Hillary through the campaign.
2. Debate questions being leaked to Hillary early, in some cases word for word.
3. Coordinated messaging using specific words, i.e. “Murky”
4. Journalists sending stories to the campaign before publishing.
5. The DNC actively suppressing negative stories.
6. The DNC colluding to assure Bernie Sanders was beaten by Hillary.
7. Dinners with dozens of “friendly” reporters.
8. Vetting questions for opposition. i.e. Asking the DNC what questions should be asked of Trump and Cruz.
For those that wonder why conservatives watch Fox, listen to talk radio, and generally hate the mainstream media, that is why. Every single talking point, on every single media outlet, is run by the Democrats. Those words like murky are not an accident. They are fed to the media by professional persuasion social psychologists such as Robert Cialdini and others. Cialdini is the author of multiple best selling books on persuasion technique and the foremost expert in the field, and has consulted with the DNC in the past. So make no mistake, even the words that are used are specifically engineered to be negative to Republicans and specifically, Donald Trump.
This is not something that is hard to find. Virtually every network, even Fox, uses pundits for analysis. If you watch the news at all, you can watch them, in real time, coordinate messages and even specific wording. If you watch Fox, there are several liberal pundits, Jessica Tarlov, Richard Fowler, Juan Williams, etc. They all use the same talking points, literally down to the word. It’s even more obvious on non-Fox channels. Watch CNN, and it’s comical how close all the pundits seem to be on messaging.
In addition, there’s an element of “presumptive negativity.” Even the way the question or topic is framed to any Republican assumes guilt or negativity, especially to Donald Trump. Any sense of editorial control or fairness is out the window for most outlets. This is why we see the Harvard statistic that CNN had 93% negative Trump coverage. Even Fox, which is derided as the conservative bubble channel, had 53% negative coverage. So in reality, the “conservative” channel was actually pretty close to fair. None of the others were below 80% negativity.
One thing I’ve come to realize over the last few years is that virtually everything the Democrats accuse the Republicans of, is probably something they do themselves. Look at the Russian/Trump collusion story. There are endless stories of legitimate, hard collusion between Hillary Clinton and foreign governments. Not murky, but definitive. Here’s a small sample:
1. 25 Million donation from Saudi Arabia.
2. Ukranian collusion for Trump opposition research.
3. The British “dossier” on Donald Trump.
4. Numerous foreign donations to Clinton Foundation while Hillary was Secretary of State.
5. Uranium One deal.
That is just for starters. In addition, if you want to know how significant the media bias is, google any of the above listed items, and see how many media outlets openly defend Clinton on all of them. They don’t argue whether it was done or not, but that it’s somehow not a problem. Yet Trump, with zero hard evidence, has been smeared as in collusion with Russia for months. The irony of it all, is that I don’t believe the media outlets even believes they are biased. I think liberalism is so ingrained from the top down in these companies, that they actually believe they are being fair.
There’s even a further element to it. I believe that the media thinks that progressive liberalism is the future. Fox is always positioned by liberals as the “channel for old people.” Suggesting that, even though Fox crushes them all in ratings, the old people are going to die soon, and the Fox viewership will decline. This is why the media became abusively biased right around the time President Obama was elected. There has always been a slight liberal lean, but it became patently obvious during the Obama years. I believe that the media executives felt they needed to play a long game, believing that the Fox viewership was just old people. They were willing to take a loss in ratings currently, to secure the viewers that they believed were the future.
What they didn’t count on, was Donald Trump and new media. Trump, and his supporters, used social media to effectively bypass the major media outlets. Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are where the new information war is waged. In addition, talk radio is massive. Rush, Levin, Crowder, and dozens of others can pull millions a week in listeners. No longer is the American public a slave to a propaganda media. A new war is being waged, and they aren’t in control of it. We have dozens of sources to get news and opinion, and the Fake News doesn’t have control any longer. CNN ratings are being beaten by reruns of cartoons on Nickelodeon, and online streaming shows get millions of views.
There’s also a contest of sorts to see who can be the most virulently anti-Trump channel to court the progressives that hate Trump no matter what. Anderson Cooper, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Maddow, Bill Maher, John Oliver and others are competing with one another to see who can be the King of Trump Hate. Whoever can perform the most mental gymnastics to tie Trump to virtually anything regardless of evidence will be the winner. This also serves to inundate social media and search results with hundreds of negative Trump articles. Google has been shown to manipulate search results as well. So if you Google virtually anything about Trump, it’s relentlessly negative. You often have to go pages deep into Google to find the truth of a matter.
Fortunately, despite the pervasiveness of the progressive assault and their complicity with virtually every media and tech outlet, there are plenty of ways for us to bypass them, and they can’t stand it. This is why the Trump base love his tweets so much. No media spin, just straight from his brain to your screen. We are seeing a level of transparency that’s unprecedented, and the media is in panic mode.
We hold the cards now, and they can’t stand that their propaganda campaign isn’t working.
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Steve is the author of Forging the Iron Mind, and is the founder and CEO of Americana Prime.