Erick Erickson has pointed out multiple times that you never see Hope Hicks mentioned in press reports about White House intrigue. Even in the latest story about Trump’s fast-spreading legal and Russia conflagration, you don’t see Hicks.
Side note: I continue to notice everyone’s name, from Priebus to Spicer to Bannon to Kushner, crops up in these stories except Hope Hicks.
Univision, no friend of Trump’s, published a spread on Hicks in June. They said she was one of the select few who got to meet Pope Francis with the president in May. (An aside, Sean Spicer, a Catholic, was not part of that group, although he was with the travel party.)
The influence of Hicks, whose title is director of strategic communications, is evident in photos that show her laughing alongside heavyweights in Trump’s sphere, or talking in the ear of her boss.
She has the ear of the boss because she knows how to flatter him. She has the ear of the press because she works them like a baker works dough.
“In a White House where everyone talks about who has power and who does not, she is one of the people with the most influence,” commented Philip Rucker, the Washington Post’s White House bureau chief.
Could it be that the one who “floats above” controversies is the mastermind who plants stories in the media, who steers the conversation where the president wants it to go, who keeps the equilibrium in the war between power structures at the White House?
Or is she just the shy and unassuming one everyone can trust and nobody can cross because of her longstanding relationship with the boss?
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Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
The reason is simple. They are beholden to Big Tech, and Big Tech doesn’t allow certain topics to be discussed or they’ll cut you off. Far too many conservative news outlets rely on Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the bulk of their traffic. They depend on big checks from Google ads to keep the sites running. I don’t necessarily hold it against them. We all do what we need to do to survive. I just wish more would do like we have, which is to cut out Big Tech altogether.
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