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Nice Broadcast License You Have There…

Once again the chattering classes (and weak-kneed Republicans) are atwitter that Donald Trump has threatened to do something unseemly. This time to NBC, putatively for peddling some fake news. Basically he paraphrased the old Mafiosi threat, “Nice broadcast license you have there. It would be ashamed if something happened to it.”

The reaction has been essentially that Donald Trump is taking away NBC’s First Amendment rights, blah, blah, blah.

That’s not actually true.

It’s important to understand that NBC owns and operates several (lucrative)stations in the top TV markets (???). Therefore it has to maintain broadcast licenses in its own name.

However, most people watch NBC affiliates, that is, stations owned by others. These other owners are free to drop their affiliation, according to contracts, of course.

The simple fact is that Pres. Trump cannot take away the broadcast licenses of those stations owned by NBC, much less the affiliates.

The removal of those broadcast licenses would require the FCC to take action. Prompting the FCC to take action would not so much be at the behest of the president but rather complaints lodged against those stations by viewers.

Of course removing broadcast licenses en masse would be very unusual. So unusual that it is essentially inconceivable.

Pres. Trump knows this, I think.

I believe what he is up to is that he’s sending a signal.

Look at it another way. The most important and valuable asset NBC’s owned and operated stations have are the public airwaves they use (but don’t own). And as such users they are supposed to serve the public — all the public not just the Democratic Party and coastal elites. This little detail has been long forgotten or taken for granted.

Looking at it from a fresh angle — it’s unlikely that the news operations of those NBC stations have any Trump voters working at them, at least, not in the editorial end. I work in the media industry, though not mainstream news media. I can tell you from experience that the MSM does not hire Republicans or open conservatives. The books written on this phenomenon are now legion.

Considering that at least 1/3 of the country is made up of Trump voters, how is it in the public interest when a user of a public asset leans strongly against at least 1/3 of the country? One-third of the owners of those assets and has done so for decades?

The same is true of the other networks, save Fox.

If NBC were what it has long pretended to be, an unbiased transmitter of information, it would have plenty of Trump voters working at it. The same would be true of the other big networks. But that’s simply not the case. You’d think if they were honest they’d be embarrassed at being so one-sided.

But if they were little (or nothing) more than partisans they’d be satisfied at their domination and seeking to maintain it.

Something needs to be done about the broadcast media being little more than an information transmission belt for the Democratic Party.

It is important to understand that this only affects the publicly-owned airwaves. For cable news operations and newspapers, they are privately-owned, utilizing private networks and should be sheltered from government interference. Ironically, liberals want to bring cable operations under the eye of the FCC. That should be strongly resisted.

One final note, notice that Trump hasn’t threatened to use the government against newspapers — they don’t make use of publicly-owned assets either. His threats against them have been civil (libel) laws.

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Another Story You Haven’t Heard About

Gotta give the MSM credit, they are consistent – they never do any stories that reflect badly upon the Obama administration or Democrats in general.

Here’s another story you haven’t heard anything about on the MSM, though you know all about that Russian dressing Donald Trump once had at a restaurant in 2007…

Hey, remember when the “unmasking” of CIA employee Valerie Plame was practically a Constitutional crisis during the W. Bush years but somehow massive unmasking of American citizens by Samantha Power, Susan Rice, John Brennan, Ben Rhodes and likely other Obama minions doesn’t seem to be worth reporting?

Scary Mooch

And we’re not talking about Michelle “Mooch” Obama, either!

I’m talking about Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci and his superstrange interaction with The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza.

Why would he approach a sworn enemy of Republicans and Trump; a paid-in-full member of Journolist and a leading progressive/socialist/Democratic Party MSM plant for a bitch session? That’s like George Patton contacting, say, Gen. Wilhelm Keitel, to ask if anyone had leaked any secret Allied invasion plans to him then whine about Omar Bradley getting the D-Day job…

Did he really think Ryan Lizza was going to tell him who the leaker was? That shows spectacularly poor judgment and/or a naivete bordering on diehard belief in the Tooth Fairy.

Amateur hour. How could such a fool get the job?

I know there is a hardcore nut of conservatives cheering him on this bizarre behavior because they so want to see someone let-er rip.

But, folks, this wasn’t the case.

He just looked like a foolish drunk… and sucked up to the enemy. He gained nothing and looked the fool to everyone not a hardcore conservative.

And a lot of conservatives in Washington, D.C. (and there are a few) are appalled and now want to give The Mooch a wide berth. With his type of people it’s just a matter of time before you become a target. These guys always crash and burn, ultimately without any allies because they burned them all.

Speaking of crashing and burning, apparently The Mooch’s wife wants a divorce. I don’t know anything about these two beyond what I’ve read. They sound like another bizarro couple – similar to Roger and Ann Stone. You’ll know what I mean if you recognize those names.

Unless this guy actually learns on the job, it well not end in anything less than an embarrassment.

Trump Speaks to the Times

He’s bellowed about “Fake News” and pointed out the chief culprit, the New York Times. Yet, for some inexplicable reason, Donald Trump just sat down with a number of the Times’ henchmen and gave them an interview.

Even moreso he talked some dirt on supporters, notably Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump, sadly, does not seem to brook any disagreement with him; even from major supporters.

Trump doesn’t grasp that Sessions is an interface between Trump and Washington’s denizens. He’s the one telling those people that Trump isn’t that bad and that they should work with him.

Trump just played into the ogre stereotype Washingtonians and the New York to Boston corridor have of him.

What does Trump get from speaking to the Times? They are not going to let up on their undermining and peddling of leaks and lies. He’s a fool if he thinks they’ll change their stripes over this favor. Why give them more ammunition?

He should freeze them out. Render the millers of Fake News irrelevant. How better to make the meisters of Fake News obsolete than to ignore them? Now he’s just fed the trolls…

Now expect a sit-down with the WaPoo and then a round with CNN and the network news…

Mr. Trump, you’ve wanted your supporters to ignore the MSM and those attacking you, we’ve done that. Now we see you having lunch with them? What gives?

Pitching your disappointment in Sessions to members of the cabal seeking your scalp seems a little odd. It looks like what many expected of Trump – if elected he’d revert back to being a northeastern liberal and disappoint those who got him into the White House.

Trump demands loyalty yet seems to have little himself. Jeff Sessions’s endorsement of Donald Trump was the single most important endorsement Trump received. It was the one that made Trump palatable for many conservatives and a lot of Republican leaders and soldiers.

Had Sessions not endorsed him, he would not be president.

I have to say that I am a little disappointed in Trump over this move.

Reebok Lectures Trump

Athletic shoe maker has decided to attack Donald Trump for… get this… his compliment to the French first lady.

So the cretins… er… superior moral judges at Reebok felt the need to chide Trump. What is it with these people that they feel compelled to mouth off on things that aren’t their business?

For Pete’s sake, it was a harmless compliment, yet these school-marmish scolds can’t control themselves.

Are they in such an echo chamber that they cannot see they are angering a large portion of their market? For no reason whatsoever? The people who don’t like Trump aren’t going to dislike him more for this. Do the geniuses at Reebok think those folks will toss aside their Nikes and run out to buy a pair of Reeboks because of this?

Anybody who doesn’t have an opinion on the topic certainly isn’t going to be swayed by this petty silliness and the large group that voted for Trump are now annoyed and certainly not thinking fondly of Reebok.

Well, Reebok, you just lost another potential customer… but look on the bright side, you’ll always have your arrogance to keep you warm at night…

The Zombie Lives

Like a good zombie, the Russia Collusion zombie narrative refuses to die.

Donald Trump Jr. stories keep popping up on radio, TV, newspapers and websites of the MSM. Remarkably uniform, giddily pronouncing young Trump guilty of most everything short of treason (and even that from some Democrats quoted). Everyone of them is indistinguishable from the DNC home page. Not a single one of these pieces expresses any of that traditional skepticism journalists claim they pride themselves in.

The MSM has settled on the line that the Trumps are guilty and any exculpatory material will be ignored or suppressed and not presented.

Since the weekend we’ve learned a little more about this story. From the released emails we’ve learned that Trump fils is a political campaign naif. But he was also being nice to some foreign acquaintances, who clearly took advantage of him.His interaction in most of the emails is de minimis, obviously waiting to see what the “damaging” info was.

In addition it seems clear that the “meeting” was a bait and switch with the Russian lawyer’s real mission to lobby for modification of the Magnitsky Act – a law curtailing U.S. interaction with Russian human rights advisors.

Trump shut the meeting down when it was obvious he had been misled.

Furthermore, we’ve now learned that the lawyer was in the U.S. illegally, yet unhassled by the U.S. authorities (under Obama’s no-seeum-immigration enforcement).

It’s also been learned that said lawyer was not a “Kremlin lawyer” but had contacts with Fusion GPS, a political intelligence/dirty tricks firm that had been working with anti-Trump Republicans but had also then allied itself with the Clinton campaign. Fusion GPS was also the initiator of the false “dossier” filled with misinformation and disinformation on Trump and some of his campaign advisors.

Hmmmmm, that seems like a number of coincidences. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a news media that might look into this?

Oh, one more coincidence, the first of the Trump surveillance FISA warrant requests began immediately after the meeting.These were based on interactions with Russians. How convenient.

This whole meeting is beginning to smell of a set-up.

Side note. Amusingly CBS Radio led one of their stories with “The spigot” of damaging news “was open” then segued into “The latest drip is.” Open spigots aren’t characterized by “drips.” You’d think a leading news outfit would know that.

They also alluded that “Trump allies” thought the Trump Jr. revelations were “a Category 5 hurricane.” I’d love to know who these (unnamed) “allies” were. The MSM is living in its own fantasy world.

One last thought – they squawk about agents of the Kremlin influencing American politics but these are the same news operations that were not remotely interested in the well-documented Chinese connections to the Clinton administration back in the 1990s. Nor have they been interested in the tens of millions of dollars that the Clinton Foundation received from Russian companies and friends of Putin nor the $500,000 that Bill Clinton received from same for a speech shortly after Sec. of State Hillary Clinton approved the sale of a large portion of America’s uranium resources to a Russian company allied to Putin.

Imagine if that had been Republicans – Pulitzer Prizes all around!

Check out Byron York’s piece on this.

Zombie Narrative

Monday morning CBS Radio News endlessly parroted the NY Times/DNC narrative concerning the “meeting” between Donald Trump, Jr. and “a Russian lawyer.” It baldly stated that this was proof of collusion. It indicated that young Trump was there to get dirt on the Hillary Clinton campaign though CBS Radio conveniently failed to explain what that dirt might be (which would have presented evidence that the Kremlin was funding the Clinton campaign – too embarrassing for CBS News to present). Furthermore, they failed to enlighten listeners to Trump’s statements about the charge beyond an out-of-context he said “No meaningful information” was available.

Compounding the highly deceptive piece, CBS Radio continued with an actuality from one Richard Painter. Labeled as a Republican consultant or something like that, Painter castigated the Trump administration, saying they weren’t taking the Russian thing “seriously.”

Yeah, he said that.

Conveniently left out is that Painter is a leading Anti-Trumper and is also suing Trump. Such an exclusion is a serious violation of journalistic ethics. But, hey, anything in resistance, right?

My point isn’t that CBS Radio is a bunch scumbag socialist Democrat sock puppets, that’s a given, my point is that a lot of conservatives think that because the Trump/Russia collusion meme makes no sense whatsoever; because no actual evidence has been “leaked”; or what has been presented is highly distorted innuendo (see above), that this meme will die out, is ineffective, no one believes it and the MSM will eventually drop it.

Not going to happen.

The MSM and socialist Democrats are living in an alternate reality. I’m not joking. They live in an echo chamber where they honestly believe that Trump colluded with the Russians to somehow win the election. And it is simply up to them to find the evidence.

Like any true believer in an article of faith, lack of evidence is not lack of proof. In fact, the greater the lack of proof, and more reliance upon faith, the stronger the bond of belief becomes. As we see with things like the Kennedy-was-killed-by-the-Military-Industrial Complex conspiracy, evidence to the contrary, that a conservative-hating disturbed communist pulled the trigger, becomes even more proof that that did not happen but it has to be the opposite.

I’m not sure where the meme goes. Maybe it will exist like the Valerie Plame-Super Secret Agent-Exposed-by-Dick Cheney meme – completely false but embedded in the minds of many Americans. Or it will plow its own field. I’m pretty sure that the MSM and Democrats can’t drop it, they’ve bet the farm on it. They’ll never admit they were wrong, liberals can’t do that.

I think they will continue to lie, upping the ante each time. Maybe somewhere along the line they get a scalp and declare victory though I doubt they’ll settle for any scalp other than Trump’s.

The question may be, like two bull elks with their antlers locked, who collapses first, the shrinking Democrat-Media Complex or Trump.

We’re likely in explored territory.