Why Liberal Media Hate Trump

by Patrick J. Buchanan

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Donald Trump
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Patrick J .Buchanan

United States -(AmmoLand.com)- In the feudal era there were the “three estates” — the clergy, the nobility and the commons. The first and second were eradicated in Robespierre's Revolution.

But in the 18th and 19th century, Edmund Burke and Thomas Carlyle identified what the latter called a “stupendous Fourth Estate.”

Wrote William Thackeray: “Of the Corporation of the Goosequill — of the Press … of the fourth estate. … There she is — the great engine — she never sleeps. She has her ambassadors in every quarter of the world — her courtiers upon every road. Her officers march along with armies, and her envoys walk into statesmen's cabinets.”

The fourth estate, the press, the disciples of Voltaire, had replaced the clergy it had dethroned as the new arbiters of morality and rectitude.

Today the press decides what words are permissible and what thoughts are acceptable. The press conducts the inquisitions where heretics are blacklisted and excommunicated from the company of decent men, while others are forgiven if they recant their heresies.

With the rise of network television and its vast audience, the fourth estate reached apogee in the 1960s and 1970s, playing lead roles in elevating JFK and breaking Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. Yet before he went down, Nixon inflicted deep and enduring wounds upon the fourth estate.

When the national press and its auxiliaries sought to break his Vietnam War policy in 1969, Nixon called on the “great silent majority” to stand by him and dispatched Vice President Spiro Agnew to launch a counter-strike on network prejudice and power. A huge majority rallied to Nixon and Agnew, exposing how far out of touch with America our Lords Spiritual and Lords Temporal had become.

Nixon, the man most hated by the elites in the postwar era, save Joe McCarthy, who also detested and battled the press, then ran up a 49-state landslide against the candidate of the media and counter-culture, George McGovern. Media bitterness knew no bounds. And with Watergate, the press extracted its pound of flesh. By August 1974, it had reached a new apex of national prestige.

In “The Making of the President 1972,” Teddy White described the power the “adversary press” had acquired over America's public life.

“The power of the press in America is a primordial one. It sets the agenda of public discussion, and this sweeping political power is unrestrained by any law. It determines what people will talk and think about — an authority that in other nations is reserved for tyrants, priests, parties and mandarins.”

Nixon and Agnew were attacked for not understanding the First Amendment freedom of the press. But all they were doing was using their First Amendment freedom of speech to raise doubts about the objectivity, reliability and truthfulness of the adversary press.

Since those days, conservatives have attacked the mainstream media attacking them. And four decades of this endless warfare has stripped the press of its pious pretense to neutrality.

Millions now regard the media as ideologues who are masquerading as journalists and use press privileges and power to pursue agendas not dissimilar to those of the candidates and parties they oppose. Even before Nixon and Agnew, conservatives believed this.

At the Goldwater convention at the Cow Palace in 1964 when ex-President Eisenhower mentioned “sensation-seeking columnists and commentators,” to his amazement, the hall exploded.

Enter The Donald.

His popularity is traceable to the fact that he rejects the moral authority of the media, breaks their commandments, and mocks their condemnations. His contempt for the norms of Political Correctness is daily on display.

And that large slice of America that detests a media whose public approval now rivals that of Congress, relishes this defiance. The last thing these folks want Trump to do is to (SET ITAL) apologize (END ITAL) to the press.

And the media have played right into Trump's hand.

They constantly denounce him as grossly insensitive for what he has said about women, Mexicans, Muslims, McCain and a reporter with a disability. Such crimes against decency, says the press, disqualify Trump as a candidate for president.

Yet, when they demand he apologize, Trump doubles down. And when they demand that Republicans repudiate him, the GOP base replies:

“Who are you to tell us whom we may nominate? You are not friends. You are not going to vote for us. And the names you call Trump — bigot, racist, xenophobe, sexist — are the names you call us, nothing but cuss words that a corrupt establishment uses on those it most detests.”

What the Trump campaign reveals is that, to populists and Republicans, the political establishment and its media arm are looked upon the way the commons and peasantry of 1789 looked upon the ancien regime and the king's courtiers at Versailles.

Yet, now that the fourth estate is as discredited as the clergy in 1789, the larger problem is that there is no arbiter of truth, morality and decency left whom we all respect.

Like 4th-century Romans, we barely agree on what those terms mean anymore.

About the Author:

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Web page at www.creators.com.


  • 11 thoughts on “Why Liberal Media Hate Trump

    1. 1, “Tired of political correctness,” you best believe it! 2. “… gives it to the media.” Damn well time! I am so tired of these lazy butt-suckers that rave “”gimme, gimme, poor pitiful me …” I entered the USAF at age 19, Aviation Cadets. Dad worked ship-yards, etc. 1940-’46, with Mom being a total Diabetic and I had a lot of farm stuff to take care of. One being a sick mom, one a younger sister. No hand -outs here. Picked cotton at age 6, much agriculture, until pipelines from 12 through 18 with Cadets at mid 19. USAF through 18 years and some reserve years after obtaining a position as a United Pilot. USAF time, provided me all 3 ratings: Navigator, Bombardier and Pilot. NO COLLEGE other than some night schools. I am not rich but not poor as I have used buy-and-sell real-estates to have money in the bank. No mortgages. No car notes, etc. Come on you sons-of “-Bees”; PUT YOUR LAZY BUTTS ON THE WORK-FORCE. BTW: MY Daughter now a grand-mother, HER 2 sons are lawyers, Her daughter a grad. of University, 2 sons, one a retired USAF Lt. Colonel, now a UAL pilot and he has a daughter, naval LT. moving up in electrics (I do not understand) and a son, Coll. Degree,TX A&M, grad. now in Navy Flight Training. BTW my youngest son owns own business in real estate investment. So you lazy dolts, get off your rears and do some valid work! Get rid of the liberals. Put the united States back to work and maintaining a FREE COUNTRY!

    2. Mr. Trump will run as a 3rd Party candidate, split the vote, and Hillary Clinton will be crowned Obama lll. Mr. Trump eventually signed off on not running as a 3rd Party candidate then later retracted stating that he would run 3rd Party, “If I am not treated fairly”. It’s all part of the game plan…………….and the sheep blindly follow. Anyone remember 3rd Party fellows named Theodore Roosevelt and Ross Perot? The end result was Woodrow Wilson (the FED, WW l, and federal income tax) and Bill Clinton (you can fill in and list his “accomplishments” on your own). Too bad few people, if any, learn from history.

    3. Yes Vanns, sounds like he screwed you too. Trump is laughing at all of the uneducated, or uninformed, or just plain pissed off little people who are following him now. He has little regard for anything except himself. He has either three or four corporate bankruptcies. He says that was just good business. He cares not for all of the people who lost their jobs or money because of his reckless egomania. He wins by all of the media attention he is receiving and he will make huge money off of it in the future. He laughs at the media as well. Hopefully the Republican Party will get it’s stuff together and nominate someone else. He has very little chance of receiving votes from anyone that is left wing or middle of the road in politics. I will ask you to think it over and choose someone else. Because.
      Nominate someone else or it is hello Madam President.

    4. If you’re in favor of someone being able to take your land to build a shopping center when you don’t want to sell Trump’s your man. If you want to elect a man who favors extended background checks and waiting periods, Trump’s your man.

    5. Trump’s self interest: I would like to think it is in all our self interest to maintain (or recover) the sovereignty of our nation and to repair the damage of the last 25 years of runaway political damage. The repeal of the Glass-Stegall act under the Clinton era/agenda allowed the downward spiral of economic sanity Bankers using derivatives to borrow from banksters). I think Trump is towing Cruz into repeating things the true conservative nation wants to hear. The public loves that Trump is not a professional politician but he has been successful on a personal level.

    6. I liked Rand Paul but he is so milquetoast lately that I don’t see how he could ever gain popularity. His advisors must be counselling him to take this boyscout approach. Its obviously not working, so why Rand is not rethinking this strategy is beyond me. This make me gravitate toward Trump and if he should pick somebody like Ted Cruz as his VP, that would certainly seal the deal for me. God forbid Trump should ever choose JEB for VP, because that would make the office open to a political coup by those SOBs (Son of a Bush), reminding me of the curious attempt by Hinckley to kill Reagan. Bush 41 almost got in early. I don’t think that was a coincidence either. Those Bush’s are such self-serving Sell-outs. I would not trust them as far as a could throw any of them, 9/11 not withstanding. I had a good laugh when JEB was talking about how he would choose to kill Baby Hitler if given the chance. I had to wonder how many knew that his own grandfather had helped finance Hitler coming to power. What a joke.

    7. I like Trump because he is different from the typical politically correct career politician. I am sick, and tired, of candidates like McCain who just bowed to the left in a cowardly way. The only candidate,other than Trump, that I would vote for is Ted Cruz. Both have the guts to at least try to steer this country in a better direction, while supporting the Constitution instead of dismantling it.

    8. I like the way Trump gives it to the media, however he strikes me as a hustler whose own self interest comes first.

    9. It seems like the other GOP candidates would see that the American public,people that will vote Republican,are tired of political correctness and the status quo. When it comes to the liberal media just consider the source and move on.

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