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MIA: Hillary Clinton. MIA on Jan. 21: Barack Obama

Written by Gary North on January 14, 2017

I am not one of those people who believes that a particular political party is at the end of the road. That’s because I think both political parties are in the hip pocket of the Council on Foreign Relations, and have been since approximately 1932.

Political parties have periods in which they are dominant. Then the electorate swings back to the other party. There is not much difference between the two parties ideologically. There may be a difference of rhetoric, but when it comes time to voting for the welfare-warfare state, there is bipartisan support.

The Democrats are going to have a tough time until the economy reverses. I don’t think any other issue matters in the lives of most Americans. All the issues that the mainstream media hyperventilate about are of virtually no interest to the people who elected Donald Trump. Trump knows this. So do the MSM.

He had his first press conference this week. The New York Times was apoplectic because Trump clearly has nothing but contempt for The New York Times and all of the New York Times wannabes. The Times ended its article on the press conference with this:

A man who prides himself on finding an opponent’s weakness, Mr. Trump at one point zeroed in on an existential question that has lingered in many newsrooms since his surprise victory: How much does the traditional news media still matter in a polarized age?

When Hallie Jackson, an NBC News correspondent, asked the president-elect if he would finally release his tax returns, to verify his claim that he has no financial dealings in Russia, Mr. Trump scoffed.

“You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, O.K.?” the president-elect said. “They’re the only ones who ask.”

“You don’t think the American public is concerned about it?” Ms. Jackson asked.

“I don’t think so,” Mr. Trump replied, before laying down the political equivalent of a mike-drop: “I won.”

Trump won. That really is the bottom line. The mainstream media are liberal, and liberals honor only one thing: political power. All the rest of it is window dressing. This has been true ever since the French Revolution. Power is the only currency that has any value in the world of political liberalism. The mainstream media know it. The mainstream media also know that the public really doesn’t pay any attention to them anymore. They can scream, yell, roll on the floor, and hold their breath until they turn blue; nobody in Trump’s camp really cares what they do.

They scream from the sidelines in outraged impotence. They have not given Trump any consideration at all. Yet Trump is obviously popular with his base. The people who voted for him pay no attention to the mainstream media.

The mainstream media are visibly losers. They are losing market share. The newspapers are shrinking both physically (to save newsprint) and in circulation. In a decade, most of them will be gone. The cable TV networks are truly tiny affairs. CNN, MSNBC, CNBC: they only have a few hundred thousand viewers each. FOX News is overwhelmingly popular compared to these outfits.

The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times are no longer the sources of most people’s news. I think they know this, but they simply cannot get over it. This fact enrages them. They are having a nonstop temper tantrum: 24×7. None of it is having any effect on Trump.

He understands reality. He’s a multibillionaire. He has just been elected President of the United States. He defeated Hillary Clinton, who was the most hated Presidential candidate, other than Trump, in the last half-century. She has disappeared. There is no trace of her. Until November 8, she was on the front page of every newspaper. She was primetime news on every mainstream news media outlet. Literally within 24 hours, she disappeared.

(For the rest of my article, click the link.)

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