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Liberal Media Suffer Cognitive Dissonance – As Untrue Narratives Collapse

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The liberal media are suffering a debilitating bout of “cognitive dissonance,” a condition defined by mental discomfort created by trying to hold two contradictory ideas in the mind – at one time.   Luckily, the American People do not.

Follow me here.  The condition is very real, and you can see it creeping on the left.  A few examples make the point.  At first, opposition to President Trump’s determination to secure America’s southern border was dubbed a “trick,” then a “manufactured crisis,” and finally – as numbers shot past 100,000 illegal entrants per month – the New York Times conceded we have a “crisis.” 

In effect, the left-leaning media’s narrative – or pre-set story line, following Democratic National Committee talking points – crumbled.  The President was right all along:  We are experiencing an unresolved crisis at the border.  Democrat inaction accentuates this crisis, despite President Trump’s best efforts to stop this inflow.

Worse, the real story lays blame for the illegal surges at Democrats’ feet, since they flout federal law and push “sanctuary cities,” jurisdictions in which illegals are permitted to run free, even after committing crimes.  Cooperation with federal law enforcement in these cities – and now the “sanctuary state” of California – is forbidden.  This development itself requires cognitive dissonance; states and cities receive federal money based on compliance with federal law, yet openly violate federal law and demand the money.   

States’ rights – under any credible theory – do not permit shielding federal law breakers on a whim, by disregarding federal court cases, or for putative political gain.  This has not stopped the Democrats locally or nationally, so far.  The surge creates higher public health, public safety, public education and public transportation costs – which they now ask the federal taxpayer to cover.  More cognitive dissonance.

And more here:  Generally, Democrats disdain states’ rights since they are viewed as undermining their big federalizing goals, but now they claim states’ rights to shelter future Democratic voters dependent on federal benefits.  Ironic, no?

Here is more cognitive dissonance.  National Democrats have long run on the tagline “It’s the economy stupid,” back to Bill Clinton’s 1992 election.  They have spent millions on buttons, stickers and articles tied to that tag line – in prior cycles.  Now, they do not want to discuss it.  President Trump has created the best economy in 50 years, lowest unemployment across all demographics, highest GDP, labor productivity, wage growth, labor participation, and low inflation – and they have no answer.  The “we need to expand government to save our economy” story – is dead.

Other media narratives are going up in smoke.  Trump should never call out NATO for failing to pay their share of defense – except that by doing so, they now are.  Trump should never speak directly with North Korea, since that would not stop ICBM launches and nuclear testing, only Trump’s stick-and-carrot strategy has stopped both. 

Trump should never confront China, as they are too big, hold too many US bonds – except the deal nearly done, to be enforced with unilateral tariffs, will fundamentally rebalance US-China trade for decades.  Trump will never get a better deal with Mexico and Canada, except that he did – if Congress will ratify it.  And the list goes on. 

The big ones are coming:  The narrative for two years was the Mueller Report would scorch Trump, scald his White House, trigger impeachment or indictment – only it did none of those things.  Worse, as Democrats and the left-lurching media choke on that bone, the Attorney General is asking hard questions:  How did that canard get started? 

He appointed a US Attorney to get the truth.  That investigation may unearth bones too big for any media house to swallow – especially if corroborated by a pending Justice Inspector General report.  That report, even assembled without subpoena power, is rumored to finger specific people from the last administration at DOJ and the FBI.  Who knows?  All we know is that the liberal media – whipsawed by Democrat talking points and then each time by incontrovertible truth – is in a terrible way.

As they continue plug old, politically-inspired stories that prove harder and harder to swallow – since they are coming up untenable, untrue or are expressly disproven – their credibility continues to sink.  Readership and viewership is tilting toward more reliable, respected, data-driven, fact-centric and notably conservative outlets.

Where does all this end?  Not clear.  When cognitive dissonance gets into the media tank, it is like getting ink out.  These outlets know their bind; they are reporting a political agenda that does not comport with material facts. 

They can come to their senses, and return to reporting facts – as the New York Times did by acknowledging a genuine “crisis” at our southern border.  They can report on Trump’s many successes, including a spectacular economy. 

Or they can keep presenting Democratic talking points, as if the American public is dumber than rocks, easily duped – ready to believe whatever they spout on camera. They can sleep content in their cognitive dissonance, cozy in the notion that as America thrives – it does not.  Only remember:  Most of America does not go in for cognitive dissonance. 

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Frank S.

We conservatives already are aware of all the items reported in this article. However, there are upwards of 50% of Americans who are unaware of what’s really happening between the Trump/Republican party and the Pelosi/Schumer/never Trumpers/Democrat party. Case in point, a couple weeks ago I met a guy who by all accounts seemed to be a decent reasonable guy…in fact he was a retired Army JAG officer, in other words, he was educated. But when our conversation began to turn political, his Trump deranged syndrome fangs popped out, ending all reasonable conversation. The guy turned vicious, telling me that virtually everything in the Steele dossier was true. Here was a guy, who by all accounts, should have been a reasonable and informed person, but instead turned into a real moron (and I’m being nice here). He immediately shut down any opportunity to have an informed discussion. So I have to… Read more »


Singing to the choir. Probably 99% of the people who will read this article on AMAC already know and believe this. All of these articles need to be publicized and broadcast to the Nation to educate the lost souls who believe everything they hear. WE all know this. All these articles do is raise our blood pressure.

Ted Moore

The flow of illegal immigration that is overwhelming the southern border, and the Democrats unwillingness to acknowledge and ignore the issue, is a planned ploy to do 2 things. The first, and most importantly, is for future voters, but what’s really disturbing, and not said by even conservatives pundits, is that they want massive waves of illegals to help them stall the strong economic growth implemented and made strong by President Trumps actions. They know that it will have an adverse impact of our economy by overwhelming welfare programs, education, medical, systems. They are more then willing to do whatever it takes to regain power, even if the American people suffer, in order to complete Obama’s Socialist agenda, (that was supposed to be advanced by Clinton),but fortunately the American people saw what Obama was doing, and shot down this “ Fundamental Transformation of this Country”

Prress ONE for English

This is getting us nowhere and is actually a dangerous line of thought. Much of what the writer says is true and indisputable, but in a new world where a dismayingly large segment of the American populace is indeed “dumber than a box of rocks” and where reality has become a user defined concept to be gleaned from Saturday Night Live and other sage sources, a concept like cognitive dissonance is but vague, idle patter. Progressive logic, if one can dignify their actions and notions with such a title, is extremely simple. It has to be, to be understood by the masses. Trump = bad, progressives = good. Sure, some things are good right now. But think how much better they would be if we could get obama back! Or Crazy Joe! And think what a perfect loving, harmonious utopia we would all be living in if we could only… Read more »

Rick J.

Most of the media has become propaganda arm of progressive liberal elite. Who’s worried about Russian
election interference when the media is in the tank for the democrats. The challenge is to find ways for the
voting public to get unbiased information. If that happened fewer democrats would be in elected office

Ron Hyre

Great article! Agree with the premise. Prefer calling their condition delusional.?

Brian Monson

Another problem is the LEFT knows their narrative is false (at least some of them) but they will continue their slandering because they will not cease to try to drive Trump out of office. By any means they can come up with.



Brenda Blunt

Those who want sanctuary cities should pay for it themselves WITHOUT federal assistance AND should be held as an accomplice for any crimes committed!


The American Citizens are WELL AWARE of what is going on our big hope is can we get it back in control before the DEMOCRATS distort the greatest nation on earth


Hopeful stats: CNN’s ratings are tanking. At one point last week, their most popular show was ranked something like 36 in the cable programs ratings. Fox News almost always has more viewers than the other cable news networks combined. Beto O’Rourke’s town hall meeting on CNN brought in a measly 714,000 or so watchers. By comparison, Sean Hannity averages 3.4 million each night. Bear in mind that my stats are from memory and I don’t have time right now to do a Google search to double-check them. Polls also show that less than 25% of Americans believe the media. Does this mean I relax my vigilance? No, I pray specifically, in God’s power as He leads, and contribute. As Hannity quotes from John 14, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” That’s a true and accurate quote as spoken by Jesus Christ.


We are living in the last days come quickly Lord Jesus


This is preaching to the choir How do we get the message to the blind and deaf leftest who only know how to shot their mouths off and cant read or see a thing that the facts point out. Considering all that President Trump has accomplished just think what could be achieved we just a easing of the witch hunt the leftest refuse to let up on . When I cast my vote for Mr. trump it was really a vote against Ms Hillary and I have been pleasantly surprised at how well The president is doing at this point he is the best since President Reagan


What a great “Truth” article . Now they’re trying to overwhelm us with numerous presidential candidates.

Sam S

It is obvious the Democrats are forcing the American people to pay for votes on the backs of US taxpayers. One survey showed an illegal pulls in $3200 on federal welfare subsidies while the average American workers Social Security check is around $1250. And then they have the audacity to call my Social Security check an Entitlement.


Stoned and stupid socialist politicians need to shut up and do their job. They need to do what is right for AMERICANS. If they can’t or will not do their job, they should quit. These writings of the American people should be published where everyone can see them.

Stephen Russell

Good divide the Dems BUT focus on issues & helping nation by other Dems lesser who do Care.
Dump Pelosi time,dated fossil speaker can help,change DC culture

Thomas H.

I know I’m beating a dead horse here… but again, most of the people where I live still believe every word their “unbiased” media prints and, because of it, are fired up to vote against all (R)s next year (if they haven’t started voting already). Hoping that our side has even 20% of this zeal!

Robert Thomas

It seems like those who reject the Bible (there seem to be more than a few!) do not realize the wisdom of the words that God has placed there for all to hear and read. For example: This quote is from Solomon, reputedly the wisest man in history of mankind: “27 An ungodly man (woman?) diggeth up evil: and in his (her) lips there is as a burning fire. 28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends. 29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. 30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward* things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass. *(Froward meant “moving or facing away from something or someone;” toward meant “moving or facing in the direction of something or someone.” (The suffix -ward is from Old English -weard, meaning “moving, tending, facing.”) Froward also meant “difficult to deal with, perverse”; toward… Read more »

Greg Russell

The liberal puppet media doesnt care for a second that their Narratives are collapsing. Theyre so delusional, as they would have to be, to believe their nonsense in the first place, that theyre completely out of touch with reality. They do not deal with fact and reason, they deal solely in emotional rhetoric, and more and more, its HYSTERICAL, emotional rhetoric.