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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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So What Happened to Scalise?

Here’s a great example how the meme is carefully crafted and nourished.

Tuesday morning WTOP radio had Politico’s Kyle Cheney on for a short interview about Rep. Steve Scalise calling into a Republican conference call. I remind you that Scalise was nearly killed by a crazed leftie several weeks ago. I need to remind you that because Cheney didn’t do that.

He expounded how Scalise’s fellow Republicans were happy to hear him doing so well and how Scalise may need to relearn how to walk. A casual listener might have wondered why Scalise was “recovering” or what from. Maybe it was car accident?

Yet, WTOP can’t mention Charlottesville without repeatedly reminding the listener that “white supremacists” or “white nationalists” or “white racists,” etc., were violent or rioted, leading to the death of Heather Heyer.

WTOP, as the rest of the MSM does, repeats one thing ad nauseum, while carefully skirting the facts in another case. It’s like those cheap TV commercials that repeat the phone number endlessly, “That meme again, Republicans and conservatives bad, Democrats, liberals and their allies pure as the driven snow… Remember, that meme again, Republicans and conservatives bad, Democrats, liberals and their allies pure as the driven snow…”

And, of course, WTOP continuously repeats the DNC talking point that the whole country is outraged at Trump’s response at Charlottesville. With the MSM and its echo chamber and self-reinforcing news filter, there is not the slightest possibility that anyone, anywhere (that’s not a neo-Nazi racist, that is), could possibly think the president was right to cast blame onto both sides. Then they run a clip from Sen. Tim Kaine that runs down Trump. That’s followed by a list of Republicans distancing themselves from Trump.

No story deviates from the meme in the slightest — it’s Trump and the Nazis vs. civilization. Just as the DNC crafted it.

Where’d That Story Go?

You remember that big to-do a couple of months ago? A libtard tried to murder several Republican Congressmen and their staffers as they played baseball? Being a libtard with a gun he, of course, failed and was killed but, still, he wounded several including one, Rep. Steve Scalise, grievously.

It was big news for, oh, about 72 hours.

At that point the liberal MSM decided to change the story, even going so far as to start a disinformation campaign to blame conservatives and Republicans. The Washington Post twisted itself into a pretzel trying to blame talk radio back in the deranged liberal’s hometown. The New York Times, still in the grips of Palin Derangement Syndrome 8 years after, tried to blame Sarah Palin because, um, Palin once ran an ad with some crosshairs or targets or some gun thing on it and… uh… crazed liberals like the nut in Arizona that shot Gabby Giffords and the latest liberal nut shot people so… um… Palin caused it!

Amazingly the employees of the New York Times consider themselves intellectually superior to the fellow countrymen.

Anyway, after those two efforts at disinformation and simple, blatant deception and lying, the story, embarrassing to Democrats and the socialist movement, had to be sent down the Memory Hole and the Russian Collusion story reprised ad infinitum.

Imagine that, an attempt to murder a large group of politicians, and the story disappears in not even a week.

But then those politicians were of the wrong party.

You know had the maniac been a “Tea Party” “Extremist” Republican/conservative we’d still be hearing about the story. The first question out of the mouth of every reporter upon encountering any Republican politician would be, “Do you condemn the shooter and all extremist rhetoric that you and your political allies speak in?”

Did you see one single Democrat asked that question recently?

Had it been a Republican we’d have been treated to an unending series of programs, specials, demands for “education” and “dialog,” calls for more gun control and speech-suppression laws, etc.

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?

A Big Story You Haven’t Heard

One of the biggest stories in Washington is a story most of America hasn’t heard — because the MSM has decided you can’t hear it since it would reflect badly upon the Democrats. That’s the way the MSM rolls.

A former IT guy for Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill looks to have been doing something funny with the IT system. Helping may have been several family members and in-laws. The guy was from Pakistan. He worked for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who, defended the guy, has since clammed up to investigators and she threatened them to get back possibly incriminating evidence.

Read more here for the bonus discovery of smashed hard drives at one of his properties.

Wow, what a great story, too bad our media won’t cover it.

The latest, the guy was caught on Monday trying to escape the country.

Ah, imagine if this involved Republicans or Trump in the way it involves Democrats — you’d never hear the end of the story… but the press, including the local Washington press such as WTOP, is too busy running the fourth Trump Russian Collusion story of the hour to squeeze in any real Washington news.

Defund CPB

A long-running soap opera in Washington is the campaign to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and all other government funding of the arts.

Yet somehow, no matter how clear it appears like it’s going to happen, somehow it doesn’t get done. There’s always some Republican pol, or half-a-dozen, that go back on their word – charmed by Jane Alexander as Zach Wamp was back in the 1990s, or recently, Rep. Tom Cole who doesn’t see anything wrong with CPB.

He said, “If you look over a 50-year [CPB] history it is a pretty impressive record of enriching the content of public dialog, opening doors to communities that don’t often have these kind of opportunities and living within what is by any measure at the federal level a comparatively modest budget, which you manage to leverage and multiply many times over.”

He must be seeing and hearing a different PBS and NPR. Maybe he sees the goateed CPB in an alternate universe.

America’s Public Television Stations President Patrick Butler said, “We know how challenging the fiscal situation is for appropriators and the Congress in general, and we are grateful for this important vote of confidence in our work in education, public safety and civic leadership in hundreds of American communities.”

He added, “We’re especially honored that Chairman Rep. Tom Cole identified the Corporation for Public Broadcasting among the ‘popular programs’ for which funding is preserved.”

Yes, popular with one segment but not all Americans.

The question that needs to be asked is, has CPB (PBS, NPR) ever done any programming favorable to conservatives or Republicans? The last episode of “Firing Line” was 1999. Despite the popularity of the program, PBS has never revisited programming where conservatives aren’t treated as ogres or buffoons.

Admittedly, not all of CPB-funded programming is anti-conservative/Republican, but when it delves into culture or politics you can set your clock by how it’s going to go – standard issue liberalism: America bad, racist, sexist, colonialist, bigoted, oppressive, etc.; international socialism good, capitalism bad; foreigners good, Americans ugly and imperialist…

Why? Because the people who make the programming are liberals. The people appearing on the programs are liberal. The people who decide what gets made are liberals. The people buying the programming and doling out the money are liberals.

Conservatives don’t get hired nor does anything they pitch or produce get on the air.

And CPB is clever at getting away with it.

One example is CPB President Patricia Harrison. Though it probably wasn’t hard, she’s been thoroughly co-opted into defending CPB and enlisting other Washington Republicans into her cabal.

Hey, fun fact, Rep. Tom Cole used to work for her! What a co-inky-dink!

Harrison is a typical Washington “Republican.” She may have co-chair of the Republican National Committee but she’s always been more comfortable with Democrats than Republicans from out of town. She likes the Georgetown cocktail circuit and wants to continue getting invitations to them. She is a member of the GOPe, having spent most of her adult life in the Washington/Boston corridor hobnobbing with political and big corporate interests.

No “conservative” Republican could sit on top of that trash pile and not smell the stench or do something about it.

Now, Cole, given the choice, has chosen to side with the Washington establishment rather than Oklahoma or U.S. taxpayers.

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.