The Big Trump Media Story: Bannon and a Crew of Dangerous Propagandists Are in the Cockpit of National Power

The corporate media is doing everything it can to normalize Trump; we can't let them.

Get ready for a media shitstorm.

Steve Bannon, Michael Savage and Alex Jones (among others) are now in the cockpit of national power, while the nation's major newspapers and television networks are doing their very best to "normalize" avowed bigot and fascist (using Mussolini's definition of the word) Donald Trump. Bannon is Trump's chief adviser. And as Salon reports, even the right-wing sympathists at AIPAC are "apoplectic" about Trump working with a man who as editor of the alt-right Breitbart "news" site called "conservative commentator Bill Kristol ... a 'renegade Jew' and Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum... 'a Polish, Jewish, American elitist scorned.' ...Bannon's ex-wife has even testified in court that Bannon has 'said he doesn't like Jews' and didn't want his children to go to school with Jews."

Bannon and company are some of the most talented practitioners of the dark arts of political propaganda in this country, and they all came together like beads of mercury under Trump's banner. It's essentially a Kristallnacht waiting to happen: the murder of a policeman by a black man or undocumented Hispanic, or a Muslim suicide bomber will fuel weeks of media melodrama in their hands as they continue to create an alternative reality for cable news while driving a policy agenda dictated by petro-billionaires.

Meanwhile, the TV networks (particularly cable "news") are drooling at the prospects of huge ratings, as good as they had covering/promoting Trump on the campaign trail, on the back of a freshly inked four-year 24/7 contract with America's top reality TV star. As CBS CEO Les Moonves said, "It may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS."

As I laid out in The Crash of 2016, Roger Ailes supported a proposal to his old boss Richard Nixon for "GOP TV" back in the 1970s. It failed for lack of funding. But not this time.

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stecoop01 6 years 18 weeks ago

Does anyone else see the similarities between what is happening in America now and what happened in Germany in the 1920's and 1930's?

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RJ Schundler 6 years 18 weeks ago

Yes, there are a lot of similarities between what is happening now and 1939. The Left have a new team of Brown Shirts (except they do not dress as neatly as they did in 1939) but like the young people then on the Fascist Left, the young people today on the Fascist Left are attacking people who do not agree with them, breaking store windows and enforcing political correctness .... and their Fascist leaders like Hillary believes that they are above the law ... They get their support from the Big Banks, Big Business, Big Government Unions, and work against the interest of Small Business, and the poor ... like in Mass. they are trying to close down schools that are not under their complete control .... Yes, we have to be careful of the Left, and the know - nothing students!

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ejs 6 years 18 weeks ago

Your article doesn't explain what role Michael Savage and Alex Jones have been given in the Trump Administration. Are we to assume that they are to be Paranoid Nitwit Advisors Wthout Portfolio?

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Kend 6 years 18 weeks ago

What I love about Trump winning the most is the thought that all of those corporations that gave Hillary millions for her campaign are not getting anything in return. Not to mention all of those celebrities who did all those commercials for her thinking thy where going to be hanging out at the whitehouse with the President. All of the talk show hosts who will probably never see a President on their shows for at least four years. Just the thought of the hundreds of millions the Clintons are not going to make for political favours.. I love it. So what will happen with a President who doesn't owe anyone anything. Going to be interesting.

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2950-10K 6 years 18 weeks ago

Not that it will matter to you Kend, but Trump owes boatloads of money to Putin and his Russian oligarchs....which is why Trump refuses to release his taxes. Our CIA was going to launch a counter cyber attack after Russia's interference in out election, interference that helped get Trump seemingly elected. I'm sure that's been cancelled now...lmao. Don't worry Kend, your Canadian economy will collapse right along with ours.

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Kend 6 years 18 weeks ago

10K. I think you are way off with the Russians. Trump had nothing to do with. Yes it helped Trump but Hillary did this to herself, sucks when truth comes out in a election. Yes our economy is directly attached to yours but the US economy will do just fine. Would have no matter who was elected. Where I live in Alberta it will be booming if Keystone gets approved. We will have to produce 700,000 (at today's price about $31 million dollars a day) more barrels of oil a day. Nigeria, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia are going to be the big losers. Can you imagine America buys oil from these countries who have no environmental or human rights standards at all instead of Canada. It will be nice to have some common sense and logic in the White House.

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Howard Laverne ... 6 years 18 weeks ago

The difference is this is America.
It will take a disaster to wake everyone up

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2950-10K 6 years 18 weeks ago

The corpse media has been by far the most important tool utilized by the Fascists in their rise to power. Control of the message is everything! They've used this control to misinform and confuse voters.

When the message is a lie, and the populous believes that lie, that's not a populist movement, it's just a bunch of citizens falling for lies. Truth is not a matter of opinion, but thanks to Teapublican voters we have all now become the tragic victims of a few out of control Fascists. Their lies have fostered the most extreme concentration of wealth since just before the Great Depression. Guess what's next?

Everyone would do well to take Thom's word for it...we're heading for another giant crash. Get your money out of those 401k's asap. Buy gold and silver instead.

Spearheaded by Ayn Rand devotee Paul Ryan, the Teapublicans are about to do the biggest overreach in the history of politics, and they have no escape plan, not even Fox News will be able to pass it off on the Democratic party this time. McConnell knows they're about to go off the overreach cliff....he's even cautioned against it , but it's too late, you can see it in Ryan's giddy face.

I've got news for you Red Staters, Trump and his Teapublicans are the very establishment that you thought you were voting against. Crooked Donny lied to you, he isn't bringing your jobs back, and he's not giving you any tax breaks.

Bernie was the real change candidate. He was in the right place at the right time...but the god damn media barons couldn't stand the idea of Citizens United getting repealed....and of course Fascists like the Koch's agreed, so Bernie's message of economic and social justice got as little coverage as possible. It was Trump coverage around the clock.

WakeUpAmerica 6 years 18 weeks ago

This whole thing may be a clear statement by Donald Trump that he is the Divider in Chief, further revealing his true self that his lust and desire for revenge and his personality disorders are more on a par with the fictional character Lex Luthor. At this juncture many of us are frightened that this will turn quickly to a dystopian, autocratic and fascist future and nation.

The Russians (Aleppo and the Putin involvement in his campaign), Turks (Michael Flynn is a Turkish agent) and Chinese are testing him and he has gone "dark", no speech, no comment on Bannon and the need to heal our divided nation. We are showing weakness to the world, and they will act on it. This is not a reality show, but the real cold cruel world, and Putin got to him even before he was sworn in. The entire balance of power is now ready to crumble, as Trump screws up his first task in office.

Can the Electoral College see this and act? Can Trump relinquish his electoral votes? Can the Senate hold on to the Filabuster Rule and if not we will be losing our democracy, as the Republicans put in place more voter disenfranchisment via SCOTUS appointments and legislation, to solidify their control, and Trump will make a mess of everything else.

I am fearful that we will shortly, before inaguration, pass beyond the point of no return for my lifetime.

God Bless the United States.

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Uncle Ralph 6 years 18 weeks ago

We may have found our way into a precarious position in which we can't save ourselves from within. We may be like a cancer patient who is being told to treat and cure himself, or worse, has no other option available. We may need a physician, or team of physicians, outside of ourselves to impose a regimen of chemo therapy and whatever else in order for us to have any hope of recovery. Even if we knew what to do, we wouldn't have the intelligence or discipline to do it ourselves. We've just demonstrated that.

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Dianereynolds 6 years 18 weeks ago

Morning news. At least fewer lobbiests are in the "Cockpit of Power"

"Pence removing lobbyists from Trump transition team"

"Lobbyists are being purged from official roles in President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, sources told Fox News late Tuesday. The move to get rid of lobbyists in key roles was one of the first decisions made by Vice President-elect Mike Pence in his role overseeing the construction of a Trump administration."

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You were disucssing why Chris Christie was being demoted and you and your guest got it wrong. Christie prosecuted Trump's son-in-law's father. Publically embarassed him and sent him to jail. This was retalitation on the part of his son in law. That's why anyone associated with Christie is being dumped.

Copycat 6 years 18 weeks ago

God help us all. This doesn't look good from here. I'm just an average Joe and can't use the big words so much but here is what I see. I watched Western Civilization on PBS with Eugene Webber of UCLA back when PBS was PBS and as I recall, the press and the ideas it propagates control the minds of the populous. I learned this in world history 101! What I believe is about to happen to us will NOT be the biggest power grab ever but just another government overthrow in the history of western civilization. It's a classic set up and in every instance the resistance was too little too late because they could not believe it was happening. An uninformed and misinformed public is easy to manipulate because they have no real understanding. It is not ignorance, people must have good information to make good decisions. Regan's deregulation of the airways trashed the Fairness Doctrine and any obligation the media had to inform for the public good and then Clinton signed The Telecomunications Act of 1996 allowing media outlets to be hoarded up under a single corporation. As I understand it we went from thousands of independently owned media outlets to our present situation of basically 95% or more of our news outlets being owned by 5 or 6 mega corporations. And this includes TV, newspaper, magazines, radio, Internet, etc...

Now I have recently watched a program on Free Speech TV "Shadows of Democracy" that explains that, by legal definition, corporations must put profit for shareholders above all else (public health, lives, environment, government, morals, just basic human decencies for Christ's sake!) and maximize externalities so that government, people other countries, individuals, anybody else is responsible for their waste, debt, cost, clean up, damages, the list goes on and on. (In what way does this resemble the definition of a person?) Now who the hell cooked up this recipe for sabotage where by law, those who now own and control our media not only have no obligation to inform us for the public good but a legal obligation to manipulate us into electing a government that cuts their taxes, lifts regulations, allows them to buy our politicians and infect our last hope for sanity, our Supreme Court, with this rot? In addition, on November 7, while I was flipping through channels on DTV in the 360 to 400 range, on every single (and there are several) religious channel the pastor was talking about the election and how to be guided (abortion) to vote on November 8. The message was very clear. (The channels run 24/7 and these people meet at least once a week and my local Democratic Party meets just once a month, how's that for another screw?)

So how I see it... I would never have believed what is going on at standing rock if I hadn't seen with my own eyes what Amy Goodman, Thom, and Free Speech TV as a whole has reported on. It is shocking, criminal and appalling. I fully expect the even worse militant oppression of any and all public protest anywhere and by whomever, as soon as Obama leaves office. I expect all social media to be immediately ended or rendered useless in the name of Home Land Security. I expect people like Thom and Amy to be spied on and vilified again, in the name of Home Land Security. I expect the ability of people to vote to be further hindered and more blatant voter suppression and election fraud. He will have the full force of the CIA, FBI, Home Land Security, National Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the omnipresent and well armed alt-right to intimidate and, if need be, crush any resistance as well as a legal system to back him up and a media to ignore, excuse and normalize it.

They have laid out their platform and they have everything in place to do it.

And I would fully expect nothing different from the next three in line behind him.

If the current administration cannot stop this with all the power they presently now still hold and willingly hand this country, our families, our security, over then God help us all.

WakeUpAmerica 6 years 18 weeks ago

Dershowitz, Bannon and Trump are wrong and dangerous. If Bannon (like Trump) one who uses anti-semitism to build his power base and feed his rascist public (similar to Hitler), then presumably no one who manipulates rascist and anti-semitic hatred is a rascist or anti-semite, not even Hitler. We are now justifying promoters of anti-semitism and racism, as not being rascists, because they only use rascism to promote their power and feed their base. Surreal, and a bad dark turn toward into fascism, and the demise of democracy.

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ardfalten 6 years 18 weeks ago

Thom, i disagree - the billionaires have always been there - the difference is your own industry.

And they have a more centrally coordinated talk radio now, like rove did. They're going to be able to instigate and interpret anything they want because the left ignores the right's best weapon.

Thank goodness for Shumer mentioning rw radio, and there is a way to fix it. At is a list of 88 universities that have no excuse for pissing on their mission statements and broadcasting sports on rw radio stations without complaint. Almost any trump protest could happen at those unis with the objective being to complain about their schools supporting Trump radio.

Free speech? What if a station went all KKK?

The schools have no excuse for supporting Trump, global warming denial, and attacks on public education, to say the least. It wouldn't matter what the schools did ultimately, as soon as the state GOP noticed they'd freak out and media would notice and advertisers will flee.

The monopoly couldnt survive if thier loudest stations had to go to other programming. More stations would open up to liberals.

Without RW radio Trump can't do shit and Dems could get House and Senate.

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Boujeau 6 years 18 weeks ago

i posted ~3 months ago that Trump would win and Thom's audience would be disappointed in the results. I was a dem for over 40 years and I voted for Trump. I believe I represent a large portion of the working class. We want the opportunity to work hard and support our families. I believe Hard work and fortitude will Eventually pay off. There is nothing easy about succeeding. There are no short cuts to honoring your family with hard work. This is why the dem's have been loosing over the past 8 years. I hope all dem's take an honest look at the rioters message and even the democratic leaders. They are blinded by their own hate. I wish good things to all of you. Take care of your families. Families are what matters.

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TomDorr 6 years 18 weeks ago

The Dems and Liberals brought all of this on themselves.

They took the side of illegal immigrants over those of unemployed Americans, and taxpayers. Even to the point of an overturned (thank God) executive order that would have allowed employers to hire illegals for any job they wished, throughout the employment spectrum, as long as the illegals were in the country over five years.

They ignored the plight of the tens of millions of middle and upper middle class Americans who are, or would be, harmed by Obamacare, by having to pay the huge bill for insuring others who get huge subsidiesand/or sacrificing the quality of their own health care.

They took the side of criminals rather than the police who are entrusted with protecting the large majority of Americans who are law abiding.

They want to get rid of the coal and oil industry just as we became energy independent from OPEC,, and eliminate hundreds of thousands of good energy jobs without first ensuring that there are ample alternative clean energy sources to enable us to keep our lifestyles the same.

They support multinational trade agreements that hurt US workers and wages, then say they didn't support them.

The Obama Justice Department picked and chose what they wanted to ignore or prosecute, at the behest of the far-left agenda. They allowed sanctuary cities that protected illegals from Federal Law Enforcers ( ICE), while suing Arizona for violating "Federal Preemption" immigration statutes. They did not punish businesses for knowingly hiring illegals over US citizens, but vehemently went after bakers who would not serve gay weddings due to their religious convictions.

They refused to defend the law (Defense of Marriage Act), yet pushed to fight states and towns that did not want seriously confused males from using the ladies rooms in public spaces.

Basically, the Democrats totally showed disrespect for mainstream, middle class America while intensely focusing on specialized grievance groups, and wallowed in identity politics. They took the middle of the country for granted while focusing on groups their intelligentsia deemed "underserved", "underrepresented", or exploited.

This is what happens when you condescendingly try to tell the mainstream what is best for them. And chastise them for "insensitivity", "privilege", "selfishness", and creating "microagressions".

For the Democrats, its simple:"the Chickens have come home to roost".

Copycat 6 years 18 weeks ago

Anybody else smell a rat?

We have an omnipresent commercial media owned by the 1% trumpeting inflammatory and misleading takes on statistical data on police shootings, an antigovernment controlled congress and developing cabinet, Bannon as Dump's right hand man with godlike status to an omnipresent underground well armed and organized alt-right militia, Dump's narcissistic hate of protesters or criticism of any kind or degree. And now we are supposed to believe that suddenly white men are just spontaneously disgruntled and ambushing police because they feel neglected and ignored?

Homeland security? Martial law?

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Junius Daniel 6 years 18 weeks ago

Dear Mr. Hartmann, thank you for years of interesting programs, on RT-TV. On your recent program, entitled, 'Why Trump’s Cabinet is a Basket of Deplorables', I would like to respond to a comment of yours...

'The Department of Justice was created in 1870, in order to enforce - out of desperation (because the 15th Amendment was in place) black people were supposet to be able to vote, and the Southern States were blocking it. So, the federal government created the justice department to enforce civil rights.'

#1. The Department of Justice is more aptly titled, 'The Department of White Southron Suppression', as it's fundamental mission was to usurp the sovereign rights of the White Majority of The South.

#2. The 15th Amendment was not 'in place', as that would imply a legal adoptation of said measure. No, Sir, 'the 15th Amendment' was a bastardization of The Constitution, placet there by the illegal and tyrannical usupatious New England Government, in Washington D.C, after having bludgeoned Dixie for wishing to exercise her God-given inalienable right of secession.

#3. Yes, it was placet there out of desperation, because our Confederate veterans, once they came home and saw what was being done to our social order and lands, donned white and scarlet sheets and warned those Union League members, rabble-rousers, and carpetbaggers to cease and desist. When the admonitions were not heeded, the appropriate measures were taken; actions which led to the snapping from the jaws of defeat a resumption of Southern Soveriegnty, until it was undermined by the illegal activist overreach of Yankee Courts, in the mid part of the previous century.

The desperation to which you refer is a realization, on the part of the Yankee Government, that it's victories leading up to Appomattox had been effectively voided.

And so it continues, today, Sir, (pursuant to your recriminations on the Sessions nomination)with you and your like continuing to presume that we owe it to y'all to adopt y'all's laws, perspectives, and values; and where we do not, we are to be excoriated, demonized, and arrested.

'Civil Rights', Sir, is a pathetick failure, when compared to Jim Crow; - most assuredly, above all, for the negro community, which, currently, unlike any time in it's history in Dixie, lives in broken welfare, drug violent neighbourhoods, that offer principally 4 exit routes : athleticks, military service, death, or prison, the last which the Yankee Government has built an industry out of the mass incarceration of the negro.

It's a great unreported crime against humanity, and yet, Sir - I can only note that you have yet to comprehend it, or the entire folly, in general, of your New England Government.

I pray that, one day, that great noodle of yours comprehends how utterly biaset it is, in it's assumptions, and how incorrect it is in assuming that we are 'one nation'.

'A union', Mr. Hartmann, can only exist where it is voluntary.

God bless you and yours, and thank you for your time.

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ahsuba 6 years 17 weeks ago

We are all in shock at the outcome of the presidential election, however when I awoke from my shock this morning, I realized this election was a corporate coup-de 'etat. The hate and racism is a distraction from the larger demise of our democracy. The presidency was taken through several mechanisms of fraud including Russian meddling, widespread voter purges and closing of 986 polling stations and media distortions. After 4 years of this party in power and with both houses, I believe election systems and voting rules, district redraws and media control will ensure more voters purged and disenfranchised so that never again will we have a democratic election. Trump and cabinet believes in fascism and they are well on their way to install it. Now is the time to fight, if we wait, it will require all-out bloody, decade-long revolution.

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