The television series “The Walking Dead” has been running for 10 seasons on AMC, and was recently renewed for an 11th season to begin in 2020. The series was set in a dystopian future where zombies, known exclusively as “walkers” in the show, threaten the mindless destruction all of human civilization.
These “walkers” are almost totally brain-dead and yet survive with one instinctive drive remaining within them, the drive to eat those who have not become zombies. Since this defective instinct is all that remains in each “walker”, they are not able to understand that should they prevail, they will ultimately die of starvation.
Part one of this series examined the deterioration and demise of mainstream journalism in America and the west as a whole. One reasonable challenge to that premise is this: If MSM journalism is dead, why are there so many large Leftmedia organizations still operating?
I believe the answer is that the Leftmedia is really a lot like the “walkers” in TWD. They are already basically dead, they just don’t know it yet.
The Leftmedia Is Mindlessly Driven by Virulent TDS
As was noted in part one, Trump Derangement Syndrome, or TDS, has thoroughly infected the Left as a whole, and it is manifested daily by the MSM. The symptoms are expressed by a drive to declare “orange man bad” in all circumstances without a shred of mindfulness or awareness of their obvious absurdity.
The most recent example of this took the form of a completely false story in Newsweek about President Trump staying in Florida over Thanksgiving to “golf” and “tweet” when in fact, as we all know now, Trump spent Thanksgiving in Afghanistan with the U.S. military. The author of the piece was subsequently fired by Newsweek, though it appears she may have been set up by her editors who refused to do a last-minute edit for her before publication.
This TDS obsession with taking President Trump down has gripped the Leftmedia since before he took office. One of the early examples came from CNN’s Chris Cuomo just a few days after the 2016 election.
On CNN’s New Day Wednesday morning, Cuomo vowed to oppose Trump’s policies, and stated he feels it is the job of the media as a whole to treat the next president of the United States with hostility. Per Cuomo, “The media cannot yield. This administration is going to demand constant fact-checking and opposition.”
Moreover, the first public call for the President to be impeached didn’t come from a politician. It was announced in the Washington Post, less than 20 minutes after the Inauguration! The title of the story was, “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”
From that moment through today the Leftmedia has been driven toward that singular goal so forcefully that almost anything the MSM reports must include disparaging comments about the President. From ridiculous remarks about the flawless fashion of the First Lady among Christmas trees in the White House to blaming Trump policies for Hurricanes, it doesn’t matter, as long as the Leftmedia can scratch that TDS itch.
the pundits pushed beyond the standard narrative to specifically bash President Trump about his policies concerning ‘climate change.’ Here is one recent example from that fountain of leftist wisdom, CNN, as noted on the September 13th podcast of “The Buck Sexton Show,”
“While President Trump has been talking up on preparedness, his policies have been tearing down our defenses to climate change, which is often to blame for extreme weather. …on the very same day Trump was discussing ‘Florence’ in the Oval Office, his EPA proposed rolling back restrictions of emissions of methane, which 25 times worse than Carbon Dioxide when it comes to climate change.”
The Leftmedia Is Trying to Destroy Those Not Suffering from TDS
The Leftmedia has realized that not everyone is joining their ranks to destroy the Trump presidency. In other words, despite their claims that the President is some kind of horrific monster threatening the entire world, some remain unconvinced and have even begun to question that narrative.
The Leftmedia react to this much like the “walkers” of TWD when they stumble upon a group of normal human beings who haven’t succumbed to the zombie ‘virus.’ They attack and attempt to destroy them.
One of the more recent examples of this effort came when Senator John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana, who defended President Trump’s claim that Ukraine was also guilty of interfering in the 2016 U.S. election. The Leftmedia simply couldn’t abide opposition to its false narrative that Russia was the evil entity.
The main symptom of TDS today is the Leftmedia a refusal to accept the results of the 2016 election. As a result, the country was subjected to almost 3 years of investigating the campaign and administration of President Trump with the MSM assuring us every day that special counsel Robert Mueller and his team were going to end Trump’s presidency by proving “collusion” with Russia.
Even before the naming of a special counsel and any formal investigation, the Leftmedia fomented incessantly about “Russian collusion” with President Trump in the 2016 election.
Throughout 2017 — even before the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel — the networks were obsessed with the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia’s efforts to affect the 2016 presidential election. As noted above, one-fifth of all Trump coverage on the evening newscasts last year was about the Russia probe, making it more prominent than the effort to repeal ObamaCare, tax reform, immigration, or any of the other Trump controversies that TV found so worthy of coverage. Yet very little of the airtime devoted to the Russia investigation was spent looking into how the inquiry into Team Trump first began, or whether Mueller’s current investigation is biased
Since this ‘Russian Collusion’ delusion has come undone, the turn is now to the ridiculous claim that a proper phone conversation, of which the transcript has been made public, somehow mystically contains impeachable offenses. Hogwash that people simply aren’t buying in increasing numbers, which is to the advantage of advancing the truth.
Beating “The Walking Dead” Media
Despite the fact that they are vastly outnumbered, the normal humans of TWD find various ways to survive and even thrive in a hostile environment. They succeed so well, that they are able to unite in various communities and begin the semblance of normal society once again.
There are three keys to beating the Leftmedia “walkers” of today. They are; to be aware, to be alarmed, and to be active.
To be aware means to be intentionally watchful of the MSM and their allies. Once one is aware, the overwhelming majority of sensible people are rightly alarmed at what is happening.
When the alarms begin to sound, the next step is to fight defensively or to be active in countering the Leftmedia propaganda at every turn. This means not allowing false, misleading and twisted claims from the MSM to go unchallenged.
However, we must also go on the offense in this war against the Leftmedia. This means advancing the truth at every opportunity to strike against the monolithic MSM and its claims.
These might appear to be extremely difficult or even impossible tasks but, believe it or not, conservatives are better equipped to accomplish them than ever before of the modern technology of the internet. Now I can almost hear the objections being voiced by many readers.
One of these objections is that the largest information platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are controlled and dominated by the Left. That is true, but it is not all of the truth.
Despite being outnumbered, the conservative voice remains a smaller but stronger force that is active on Leftist platforms. Moreover, particularly since Trump became President, unexpected allies are popping up all over on Left-leaning social media, i.e. the #Walkaway movement and a number of Black conservatives like Candace Owens and Terrence K. Williams on Twitter and Facebook.
Additionally, a new crop of media “watchdogs” have arisen that are effectively exposing the bias of the Leftmedia. Two who merit attentiveness and support, in particular, are the Media Research Center and Project Veritas.
These organizations operate in different ways. MRC watches and tracks the bias of the MSM from the outside. They report this bias with the mathematical simplicity of numbers, that is, how much Leftist bias has been disseminated by the “news” stories of the Leftmedia.
On the other hand, Project Veritas works from the inside with videos by those within the media giants, such as ABC, CBS, NBC, and cable “news” organizations like CNN. More importantly, PV has successfully exposed social media bias within both Facebook and Twitter.
Moreover, there are a number of enterprising individuals and groups who have recently started various alternatives to the Leftmedia in just about every area possible. Credit must be given here to the rise of conservative talk-radio, mainly through the success of the legendary Rush Limbaugh, which has paved the way for more recent efforts.
Younger conservative news outlets have arrived in both the cable and online venues. Notable among those are One America News [OAN] and Blaze TV that provide straight reporting and conservative commentary with facts, intelligence, and entertaining formats.
Modern Tech Means “We the People” are the Media Now
The key to successfully combatting the Leftmedia is to determine where the most effective battleground is located, as one would in any armed conflict. Today, that battleground is the internet, and most of all, the arena of social media.
President Trump recognized this early in his 2016 campaign. He charged into the realm of social media and has advanced his conservative agenda ever since, particularly on Twitter.
Those who have followed the President’s lead are making a real impact upon the news media arena in society. Moreover, the social media “field” is ready to be harvested.
According to some recent survey statistics,
Digital outlets serve as the main source of news for the majority of those under 35, including 64% of those between the ages of 18 and 24. Meanwhile, TV still reigns supreme for 51% of those over 55.
Authors Yvonne Burton and Lewis Everett wrote an excellent piece on redpilldentinel.com imploring conservatives to understand and employ the power and potential of the presence we already enjoy in “social media” today.
They argue that the Left must be countered by more than defensive moves and that conservatives must “pivot” and go on the offense specifically on “social media,” and that we are in an optimum position to do this now. The process for making such a “pivot” is twofold.
First of all, we must stop believing that the arena of social media is somehow unworthy of our efforts, and ceding that ground to the Left.
The old gatekeepers are not in charge. CNN and Fox are on in the background. People tune into social media personalities with intent and passion. Has the MSM lasted this long because of cable bundles and airport contracts? No one actively seeks out a Brian Stelter or a Jake Tapper to get their take on things. On social media people actively and intentionally tune into Paul Joseph Watson’s videos on current events and culture. People actively seek out videos from hip hop star and current events commentator An0maly. People actively seek out Will Chamberlain’s analysis of all things related to the law. People actively read the Twitter timelines of Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, and Ali Alexander to stay up to date on all the latest current events. [my italic]
As evidence that this quote is a correct assessment, consider this point. Mike Cernovich has over 528,000 followers on Twitter. That is close to some of the recent viewership totals for all of CNN news!
The embattled CNN, which always lands in far-last place and axed more than 100 jobs already this year, had about as bad of a ratings month as is possible in May. … the fake news outlet’s total day viewers dove nine percent (compared to this same month last year) to just 559,000 viewers.
The big dog in the Twitter universe is President Trump, hands down. He currently has 67.4 million followers on that platform.
It is certainly not the largest following on Twitter. That title belongs to former President Barack Obama at 108 million followers, just edging out Katy Perry.
However, I submit that it is certainly not Obama that drives the political discourse on Twitter and through that medium, around the world. It is President Trump’s tweets that drive entire news cycles on the MSM and conservative media.
Of course, there is also the issue of censorship being employed on social media toward conservative voices. The way to combat this tactic is twofold.
First, do not abandon the conservative voice on the mega-platforms of social media. I believe the idea should be to make them remove us, but we aren’t going to remove ourselves for you.
Second, seek out the free-speech conservative alternative social media and internet news outlets and support them. Competition is a basic capitalist and conservative principle, and more of it is needed in the tech world.
Such competition is beginning to surface in most areas of internet communication. Here are some of my personal preferences for alternatives to the Leftmedia on the internet.
Search Engine/Browser alternatives to Google: DuckDuckGo, Opera, Firefox
News, Information, Commentary: One America News, Gateway Pundit, The Federalist, Breitbart, The Patriot Post, ZeroHedge, Western Journalism, BlazeTV, Prager U, The Washington Times, The Epoch Times, billwhittle.com, the Buck Sexton Show, Judicial Watch, Project Veritas
Media Bias: The Media Research Center[MRC]
Social Media: Parler and MeWe are my current favorites. They are mostly populated by conservatives but there is no banning, shadow or otherwise, except for reasonable limits such as no pornography or illegal content.
Leftmedia “journalism” and the MSM are dying on the vine. The time has come to declare the truth that “We the people” ARE the media now, and we can unleash the truth against the lies and slanders of the enemy to defeat them.
For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you. But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. Psalm 5:9-11 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Originally published in TIL Journal