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Monday, July 25, 2016

Donald Trump, journalist

Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Give voice to the voiceless.
--Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics

Apparently no one covering the 2016 presidential race got the memo.

They are too busy electing Hillary.

The inspiration for this missive is an interview by Rod Dreher of J.D. Vance, a Marine from Middletown, Ohio, who went on to Yale Law School and wrote about his experience in a new book, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. He has a handle on the Trumpiest people on Earth.

From J.D. Vance:
The two political parties have offered essentially nothing to these people for a few decades. From the Left, they get some smug condescension, an exasperation that the white working class votes against their economic interests because of social issues, a la Thomas Frank. Maybe they get a few handouts, but many don’t want handouts to begin with.  
From the Right, they’ve gotten the basic Republican policy platform of tax cuts, free trade, deregulation, and paeans to the noble businessman and economic growth. Whatever the merits of better tax policy and growth (and I believe there are many), the simple fact is that these policies have done little to address a very real social crisis. More importantly, these policies are culturally tone deaf: nobody from southern Ohio wants to hear about the nobility of the factory owner who just fired their brother.
Trump’s candidacy is music to their ears. He criticizes the factories shipping jobs overseas. His apocalyptic tone matches their lived experiences on the ground. He seems to love to annoy the elites, which is something a lot of people wish they could do but can’t because they lack a platform.
The last point I’ll make about Trump is this: these people, his voters, are proud.  A big chunk of the white working class has deep roots in Appalachia, and the Scots-Irish honor culture is alive and well. We were taught to raise our fists to anyone who insulted our mother. I probably got in a half dozen fights when I was six years old. Unsurprisingly, southern, rural whites enlist in the military at a disproportionate rate. Can you imagine the humiliation these people feel at the successive failures of Bush/Obama foreign policy? My military service is the thing I’m most proud of, but when I think of everything happening in the Middle East, I can’t help but tell myself: I wish we would have achieved some sort of lasting victory. No one touched that subject before Trump, especially not in the Republican Party. 
Which explains why in his acceptance speech, Trump said: I AM YOUR VOICE -- in all cap letters in the transcript. The job of the journalists has fallen to a thrice-married billionaire. The press corps should be ashamed -- but its members are proud to hate on white people. Shows they ain't racist. One of the staffers in March wrote of small-town America -- and implied Trump supporters are Nazis. After all, the piece was titled, "The Father-F├╝hrer." Who followed Hitler?

From the National Review:
If you spend time in hardscrabble, white upstate New York, or eastern Kentucky, or my own native West Texas, and you take an honest look at the welfare dependency, the drug and alcohol addiction, the family anarchy—which is to say, the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog
The writer hails from Texas and cut his journalistic teeth in Mumbai, India.

From my book, "Trump the Press":
Change the location of his essay to Mumbai and “the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog” would have been less acceptable. Change the location to Ferguson, Missouri, and the National Review would have dumped Williamson just as it did John Derbyshire in 2013. The donors who kept the publication alive would not countenance certain racial prejudices.
The biggest eye-opener this election season is what a piece of elitist garbage the National Review has become. The New Yorker is an elitist treasure. It's not trying to fool the rubes. When its former movie critic Pauline Kael said voters for Nixon were outside her ken, she was being honest. Her magazine was aimed at the tony sections of Manhattan and not the masses. But National Review has pretensions about being the conservative intelligentsia that serves the people. Like the rest of the press corps, this magazine does not hold the powerful accountable. In fact, it ridicules anyone who lives outside the tony sections of the capital.

Trump is holding the powerful accountable, and speaking for those whose voices are ignored by the media. For this he gave up a TV show, lucrative contracts with Macy's, Univision and others, and puts his life at risk because the media makes him out to be Hitler. Sincerity and patriotism are foreign to most of the denizens of Washington press corps. They are xenophobic and afraid of anyone outside their ken.

Every day, I read the newspapers online and read the blogs -- and become more determined to vote for him.

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  1. It's because they ceased being journalists. They are now propagandists and court stenographers for the Dimocrat Party. From the Wikileaks documents, it appears that Chuck Todd Was Ditsy Debbie Whatsername Shultz' bitch. Of course these stupid "journalists" were too dumb to see the rise of Trump.

  2. Bingo. We have, for the first time in probably over a hundred years, a candidate for president that actually identifies with people rather than abstractions. The ideas are there to serve the people, not the other way around. I am starting to think of him as William Jennings Bryan without the religious freight weighing him down (and without the rhetorical talent, but maybe that's a good thing). Dirt people who have been avoiding the voting booth will be out in droves this fall.

  3. The National Revenuer ought to make a buck on its own before it presumes to talk about "hardscrabble".

  4. The GOP, though they tried to prevent it, have finally produced the first candidate that I feel good about voting for since Ronald Reagan. - Elric

  5. The DMB (Democrat media b|tches) will pay no penalty for their violations of the "Journalists Code of Ethics." Once the Democrat convention is over, the furor over the leaked emails will subside---down the memory hole---and it will be back to business as usual. The problem of the bias in the media is of long-standing. What's to be done about it? The Founding Fathers considered a politically independent press to be a bulwark against an oppressive government. They would weep to see how the press today works hand-in-glove with the government against the people. What can be done to restore the integrity of the press? Do we have to destroy it in order to save it? Independent voices over the Internet are too easily silenced by a government that is intent on controlling free expression. All it would take is a ruling by an unelected administrative agency and a compliant court to quiet those voices. What can be done? What should be done?

    1. I suspect outfits like the National Review will pay a price for alienating so many of their "base", just as the RNC has.

    2. I suspect outfits like the National Review will pay a price for alienating so many of their "base", just as the RNC has.

  6. As Emperor Misha, the Anti-idiotarian Rottweiler once said, "Rope, lamp post, journalist. Some assembly required. What's sad is now that Ailes has been forced out at Fox News, it will prolly move to the left.

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  8. I would like to recommend reading Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.
    I just finished reading it today, and my conclusion is that its a really interesting book to read.

    I got mine from Amazon and they delivered it in only TWO days.
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