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Trump TV in your face: Is it agitprop or amateur hour?

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After nearly a year of sifting through swirling rumors regarding a creation of “Trump TV”, it’s here. On Sunday, “Trump TV” debuted on Trump’s FB page with former CNN contributor and Trump defender, Kayleigh McEnany appearing to be the face of the new outlet.

The move may come as a shock to some, particularly when back in 2016 Trump was quoted as saying “No, I have no interest in Trump TV,” to Cincinnati’s Scott Sloan of 700WLW radio. Yet, it’s worth remembering that during his campaign Trump aired a nightly show via Facebook Live. Plus, on August 2nd, Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, hosted a “real news” program which also ran on President Trump’s Facebook Page.

Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng wrote a compelling piece at the Daily Beast which reported that Lara Trump was in fact running the show at “Trump TV”, using her previous experience as a producer at Inside Edition and her role at consulting firm Giles-Parscale, for the President’s reelection effort.

“Giles-Parscale hired Lara in late March. Since then, she has taken over its Trump campaign work, practically replacing Parscale on that front in all respects but his official campaign title.

With Lara overseeing that digital consulting work for the Trump campaign, Giles-Parscale has helped to craft the new Trump TV videos. Trump herself starred in the first such video, which was released through the campaign’s social media channels last week. The firm is also doing some editing and graphics work for the videos.

The title “Real News” is an allusion to Trump’s and his supporters’ frequent allegations that reporting unfriendly to the president and his agenda is, almost by definition, “fake news.””

The article goes on to say:

“Though the videos are entirely produced by the campaign, not the White House, Trump is the first president to declare his re-election candidacy on the day of his inauguration, allowing him to use campaign resources to promote his agenda to a greater degree than his predecessors.”

The fact that the videos are, essentially, part of a reelection campaign effort, and their lack of “paid-for-by” disclosures have raised legal questions, it pales in comparison to the charge of “state propaganda” that had engulfed social media.

McEnany appeared in front of a backdrop emblazoned with Trump’s logo and website address kicked off the video with, “Thank you for joining us as we provide you the news of the week from Trump Tower here in New York”, praising the latest jobs report and the RAISE act.

While most would state that they do not have a problem with the President making his case to anyone who is willing to tune in, Susan Wright notes in her piece for Red State, suspicion arises after the President has repeatedly slammed various news outlets for being “fake news” while calling segments airing on Trump TV “real news”:

The problem is when the president spends half his day slamming the media, then employs others to get in front of a camera to not just tout his record, but to call it “real” news, suggesting anything outside of the echo chamber is illegitimate.

That’s propaganda straight out of North Korea’s playbook. In fact, the backdrop of these videos have the look and feel of professional agitprop, and that’s just freaky.

“Real” news gives everything: the good, the bad, and the inconvenient. That’s not what’s happening here.

Doubtless there will be an audience for Trump TV while the media’s trustworthiness numbers abysmally low. A new poll from Bospar, a public relations firm, revealed that as many as 6-in-10 Americans believes that the mainstream media creates “fake news”. It’s a sobering reminder that now, more than ever, it’s imperative to seek multiple sources of information that both agree and disagree with our deeply held presuppositions. Otherwise, a true State-run Media isn’t so far-fetched, nor too far into the future.

 

 

 

Born in West Virginia but raised in Chicago, Misty is a Fellow of the C.S. Lewis Institute and radio broadcaster. She has a passion for history, Christian apologetics, and great food! Misty also has a heart for spreading awareness about multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that claimed the life of her mother in 2013. She also occasionally writes for the Christian apologetics website AClearLens.org

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Electoral Dysfunction: Leftist lawyers argue votes count only when they win

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Some leftist lawyers, including some high profile ones who ought to know better, are arguing against four states’ practice of allocating their electoral votes in a winner take all fashion.

A lawyers’ coalition including the pretty far left League of United Latin American Citizens filed four federal lawsuits Wednesday challenging the allocation, charging the winner take all practice “distorts presidential campaigns, facilitates outside interference in our elections, and ensures that a substantial number of citizen voters are disenfranchised when their votes are tallied in early November, only to be discarded when it really counts in mid-December.”

The lawsuits do not challenge the Electoral College, and they also do not propose a clear alternative which would ensure a satisfactory, proportionate count. No surprise there; outside of North Korea, it’s kind of hard to ensure the outcome you want in advance.

The premise of the lawsuit, however, lays bare a shocking misunderstanding of the nature of our system of government. Consider this quote: “The promise of democracy is that all votes count equally,” says Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lussig.

There’s just one problem with that.

America is not a democracy. We are a constitutional republic.

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Andrew Pollack: Should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it.

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Andrew Pollack lost his daughter, Meadow, during Cruz’s rampage. He gives a speech in front of Trump with his three sons standing next to him. In his speech he calls on Trump to work with him on ending school shootings. We credit Daily Caller with the transcript. Note: CNN’s blatantly misleading headline on the video.

I’m here because my daughter has no voice.

She was murdered last week, and she was taken from us, shot nine times on the third floor. We as a country failed our children. This shouldn’t happen. We go to the airport, I can’t get on a plane with a bottle of water, but we leave some animal to walk into a school and shoot our children. It is just not right.

And we need come together as a country and work on what’s important.

And that is protecting our children in the schools. That’s the only thing that matters right now. Everyone has to come together and not think about different laws. We need to come together as a country, not different parties, and figure out how we protect the schools. It is simple.

It is not difficult. We protect airports. We protect concerts, stadiums, embassies. The Department of Education that I walked in today that has a security guard in the elevator. How do you think that makes me feel? In the elevator, they got a security guard. I’m very angry that this happened because it keeps happening.

9/11 happened once, and they fixed everything. How many schools, how many children have to get shot? It stops here with this administration and me. I’m not going to sleep until it is fixed. And Mr. President, we’re going to fix it. Because I’m going to fix it. I’m not going to rest.

And my boys need to live with this. I want to see everyone — you guys look at this. Me, I’m — I’m a man, but to see your children go through this, bury their sister. That’s what I keep saying because I want to sink in. Not forget about this. We can’t forget about it.

All these school shootings, it doesn’t make sense. Fix it.

Should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it. And I’m pissed. Because my daughter I’m not going to see again. She’s not here. She’s not here. She’s in North Lauderdale at … King David Cemetery. That is where I go to see my kid now.

And if we all work together and come up with the right idea — school safety. It is not about gun laws. That is another fight, another battle. Let’s fix the schools and then you guys can battle it out whatever you want. But we need our children safe. Monday, tomorrow, whatever day it is, your kids are going to go to school. You think everyone’s kids are safe?

I didn’t think it was going to happen to me. If I knew that, I would have been at the school every day if I knew it was that dangerous. It’s enough. Let’s get together, work with the president and fix the schools. That’s it. No other discussions. … I’m never going to see my kid again. … Never, ever will I see my kid. I want it to sink in. It’s eternity. My beautiful daughter I’m never going to see again. And it’s simple. It’s not — we can fix it.

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In a violent world, it’s time to do the right thing “for the children”

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In the never-ending assault on liberty, Progressive Democrats and Republicans often resort to using children as a type of political cover for their otherwise unpopular agenda. We are witnessing this right now as they work to dismantle the Second Amendment following the Florida high school shooting.

But let’s face it; who can say “no” to an agenda when it’s “for the children?”

Clearly, this ploy has paid huge dividends for big-government Progressives. One need look no further than the recent budget negotiations where the obsolete Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was renewed for 6 years. Or the recent suggestion to use Social Security to finance big-government’s newest entitlement—Ivanka Trump’s Paid Family Leave.

Quite honestly “for the children” has been so successful that I’ve decided to adopt it myself. While Progressives use it to destroy freedom, I will use it to defend the Constitution.

For example, as I mentioned earlier, Progressives are using the Florida tragedy to void the Second Amendment to keep children safe. But I will defend gun rights because it’s the only way we can keep them safe. Unarmed Americans in gun-free zones will only lead to more tragedies like Florida, not fewer.

Additionally, I will defend the First Amendment “for the children.” What future awaits the next generation if liberty is destroyed due to being raised on political correctness and spending their time in safe-spaces?

In fact, I will defend the entire Constitution “for the children.” What future will the next generation have if tyranny replaces freedom?

I will also fight for the Convention of States‘ goal for a balanced budget amendment “for the children.” What kind of future will they have if they are forced to pay for our fiscal irresponsibility? And I will fight to end abortion “for the (unborn) children,” because they are deprived of even having a future when they are deprived their right to life.

While there will certainly be more issues to fight for, it’s time to get ready America. The Strident Conservative is going to be more strident than ever because, after all, it’s “for the children.”

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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