Saturday, January 21, 2017

First excerpt of "Trump the Establishment"

I want to share with readers a very brief passage from the sequel to "Trump the Press" -- just to whet the appetite.

It is from a portion of Chapter 6, "Killing Baby Hitler," in which a media obsessed with stopping Trump, which rationalizes churning out anti-Trump propaganda in the name of stopping a fascist.

Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times had summarized the thinking behind this mass abandonment of principle in an August 8 column, "Trump Is Testing the Norms of Objectivity in Journalism."

From "Trump the Establishment":

Jim Rutenberg, applauded the media for tossing out objectivity in covering Trump.

“If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?” Rutenberg wrote on August 7.

Wait a second. If you believe all those things, then you should not be covering him because your bias is too strong to provide the objectivity the public deserves.

But Rutenberg openly advocated treating Trump like baby Hitler.

“It would also be an abdication of political journalism’s most solemn duty: to ferret out what the candidates will be like in the most powerful office in the world. It may not always seem fair to Mr. Trump or his supporters. But journalism shouldn’t measure itself against any one campaign’s definition of fairness,” Rutenberg wrote.

He called for abandoning fairness by saying the times were abnormal. But be the times normal or abnormal, the rules should apply because of one little question: What if the reporter was wrong?

Indeed, what if instead of stopping Hitler, you were stopping Hindenburg, the only man to stop the real Hitler? What if neither candidate was Hitler? What if the election were about ideas?

Howard Kurtz, the in-house media critic for Fox News, wrote a lengthy rebuttal to Rutenberg the next day, but he needed only eleven words: “Tilting against one candidate in a presidential election cannot be justified.”

By and large, the press felt Trump’s words were worse than Clinton’s actions, which included voting for two wars and bombing Libya. Why not? They worked with words, and the press believed they were more important than people who actually did things.

Besides, treating Trump like Hitler was illogical.

Trump’s oldest daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner. They raised as Jewish their three children—Trump’s grandchildren. In 2014, Kushner presided over Eric Trump’s marriage to Lara Yunaska. Kushner told the bride, “You are not just gaining a family you are getting 6 million Twitter followers.”

And the title of the next Hitler’s daughter-in-law.

Democrats had been calling Republican presidential candidates Hitler since at least 1948, when Democratic president Truman defeated Republican Thomas Dewey.

“Speaking before 23,000 of the Democratic faithful at Chicago Stadium, Truman compared Dewey to Adolf Hitler as a front man for fascism,” Steve Neal wrote in the Chicago Tribune on October 26, 1980.

“Dewey, however, would not trade punches with Truman.”

And Dewey would not be president. Who wants a punching bag as president? The Donald did not just trade punches—he punched back twice as hard.

The book is being typeset and I await the changes to the cover (White House instead of the Capitol, as per suggestion by a reader, Larry Sheldon).

Meanwhile, read the original, "Trump the Press," and please leave a review at Amazon.

It is available as a paperback, and on Kindle.

Autographed copies are available. Contact me at DonSurber@GMail.com  

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for the excerpt Don. Didn't know about Dewey/Truman.

    Just over 28 hours as president and he hasn't launched the nuclear weapons yet. Maybe the media was wrong again!!

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    1. Yeah, what the HELL is taking so long?! LOL

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    2. Judging by the signs carried by huge throngs of crazy women marching in DC and in other cities across the world, you'd think he HAD launched the missiles. The Libs are not going to make this easy. Protest is one thing, but their rhetoric is so extreme you have to at least consider the possibility they are TALKING about an armed coup in the shadows of the night (not saying they would do it, only that they are thinking and talking in extreme language). And of course, yesterday we had faint echoes of the violence of Kristallnacht with the trashing of the Starbucks coffee store. We will undoubtedly see much more such violence in the future as a challenge to Trump's legitimacy. Thank you Barry for starting this (/sarc), and I am now even more convinced that a vote for Trump was a vote to save America from the radical Left, which is perhaps a greater threat to the nation than radical Islam.

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  2. Looks great Don! I like your point about people who do things vs. people who write (or talk) about them - more and more I see that as a really key distinction that explains a lot about someone's world views, right off the bat.

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  3. Big D, I cannot wait for this latest tome. Oughta be so much fun. Thank you for putting your skills to work again so quickly. And remember, you haven't truly made it until you get some scathing negative reviews on Amazon from Libs whose heads have just blown up. I'm expecting that with this next book...

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  4. Trump is the James T. Kirk of our USA Enterprise. He refused to play according to the rules as enforced by Democrats and the MSM (BIRM.) Trump broke the rules of the Kobayashi Maru and won. You can't do anything if you don't win.

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    1. Exactly, Greg. What's that line from Patton?

      Americans LOVE to win...I couldn't give a hoot in hell to a man who lost, and laughed...

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  5. Like the first long cold one ashore after a long cruise.

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  6. I can remember both Reagan and GWB being called Hitler. But it's all bE really. Not even lefties believe trump is Hitler. If they did wouldn't they now be behaving like German lefties in 1933, ie going underground, fleeing the country or hurriedly joining the Nazi/republican party to cover up their past

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    1. My thoughts too. It's like when Code Pink chained themselves to the CA Marine recruiting station doors and screamed baby killers. They obviously knew that the Marines are not killers, because if they did actually believe it, they would never have chained themselves to the doors.

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    2. My thoughts too. It's like when Code Pink chained themselves to the CA Marine recruiting station doors and screamed baby killers. They obviously knew that the Marines are not killers, because if they did actually believe it, they would never have chained themselves to the doors.

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    3. That's right, amr.

      Calls to mind something I heard around 1970.

      The individual in question got about six inches away from this shouting, lovebead-wearing demonstrator, lowered his voice so as it locked attention (damm, but I wish I could muster that level of menace), and asked as if he really wanted to know: "If you truly believe that ... then WHY are you standing in my way?"

      The result of which was six or seven weedheads taking one step back in perfect formation.

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  7. I thought the cover had the wrong building, but did not try to persuade you.

    I'm getting tired, I guess.

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    1. Well, Larry, you did. You were right. We're fixing it.
      Thank you!

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    2. And the change does not delay production

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  8. "But journalism shouldn’t measure itself against any one campaign’s definition of fairness,”

    I agree. Journalism should report facts, not fairness or bias. Alas, the LSM has failed that simple test for since the days of Cronkite.

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  9. Walter "the most trusted man in America" Cronkite lied about Tet. He claimed we lost. I was there. It was a disaster for the NVA and the Viet Cong. Fake News was alive and well in the 60's and before. Only now is the country waking up to that fact.

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  10. Not to be nit picky, but never let a comma come between a subject and its predicate.

    I'm sure you know that, but accidents happen.

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