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The First Post-Media Election

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AMAC Exclusive – By Seamus Brennan

Though we are living through an era of revolutions in American politics, one in particular has gone largely unnoticed: the dismantling of what was until recently the most powerful force in American politics—the news media.

For decades, the media wielded incredible power to set and control the nation’s political narratives. In ways that few appreciated, the media was not simply covering American politics; they were the driving force behind American politics.

But Donald Trump, the Russia collusion hoax, the 2020 Black Lives Matter riots, COVID, and a whole host of other national panics have exposed this reality to millions of Americans for the first time. Today, not only the vast majority of Republicans—but increasingly millions of swing voters and even some Democrats—are aware of the media’s manipulations and contrivances.

As a result, the American people could very well look back on the 2022 midterm cycle as the first truly “post-media” election.

With less than two months to go before Election Day, mainstream media narratives appear to have far less influence and potency than in years past. For instance, Joe Biden’s approval ratings continue to languish, while Donald Trump continues to maintain his leadership of the Republican Party and gain traction in a hypothetical 2024 head-to-head matchup against Biden. All of this comes despite embarrassing and even indecent media efforts to boost Biden and in spite of an endless campaign of hyperventilating vilification of Trump.

In short, it appears the media’s decisive influence in driving our elections may be in terminal decline.

The most striking example of the media’s diminished ability to set political realities is the remarkable extent to which the FBI’s August raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate was taken seriously neither by voters nor by elected officials. Predictably, most liberal media pundits almost immediately celebrated news of the raid as a watershed moment that would lead to the end of the MAGA movement and Trump’s political career. Talk show host Stephen Colbert, for instance, rejoiced that the news was “the present we wanted.” A deluge of headlines and opinion pieces insisted the raid would cause a “bad” week for Trump that could take him out of the running for 2024.

Despite the media’s best efforts, however, large portions of the public saw right through the narrative manipulations. Media reports that the raid was conducted to retrieve ostensibly sensitive nuclear information were almost universally regarded as overblown if not outright false. Perhaps even more tellingly, despite widespread speculation that the raid would imperil Trump’s political fortunes, the former president enjoyed a 10-point boost in support in 2024 GOP primary polling in the days following the raid—further demonstrating the extent to which Republican voters saw straight through the media’s relentless narrative about the raid without so much as missing a beat.

But the weakening political influence of the American press goes far beyond the Mar-a-Lago raid. Despite the media’s persistent efforts to convince voters that the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act”—widely projected by economists to aggravate inflation and increase consumer prices—would ease Americans’ financial burdens and boost Biden’s faltering approval ratings, voters did not take the bait. Even with headlines claiming the legislation was a “big win” that could “reshape [Biden’s] political fortunes” for the better, that Biden is “on a roll that any president would relish,” and that the legislation was “a crucial achievement for President Biden and his party,” polling released shortly after the passage of the bill indicates that a majority of voters think the legislation will, in fact, make inflation even worse than it currently is—ultimately demonstrating that the media spin was unsuccessful.

Likewise, the media has also failed to sell Democrats’ efforts to gaslight the public into believing that the economy is doing well. To be sure, with gas prices soaring to more than $4.50 per gallon and inflation at 40-year highs, convincing anyone that the financial pain they are experiencing isn’t real was always a tall task. But the media’s obvious and deliberate efforts both to shift blame from Democrat policies to “Republican obstructionism” and to distract the public with other issues have largely fallen flat.

Another big media failure this year was the handling of the over-dramatized January 6 hearings, which the left billed as must-watch TV almost certain to bring about Donald Trump’s political demise. But notwithstanding the media’s best efforts—including handing over valuable hours of broadcast network television to a partisan one-sided House Committee—a clear majority of Americans did not even tune in to the hearings, which were found to have had no effect on public opinion on Trump.

For Democrats, a media that can’t alter the political landscape could have disastrous implications not only for this November’s midterm elections but also for the left’s long-term grip on American culture. Left-wing frustration with the media’s growing ineffectiveness in pushing Democrats’ narratives has already boiled over in several instances throughout Biden’s presidency—including one incident in October of last year when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scolded the media for not doing a good enough job of “selling” Biden’s doomed $3.5 trillion spending plan.

Should this trend continue, the role of the media may once again be relegated to a secondary place in politics. If so, the decline and fall of the American news media will be a collapse that was both hard-earned and richly deserved.

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Guy
Guy
1 year ago

Hallelujah. Make 230 a thing of past.

Rich
Rich
1 year ago

You would have to have mental decline to blindly trust the mainstream media. Oh wait, I have friends that do just that. They seem normal…., I guess not.

Joseph Carlson
Joseph Carlson
1 year ago

Great informative information that every American should know. How dishonest the media really is, all for political gain, for a failing regime that only cares for power, control, and money, not the American people. Before the election the Democratic Party will be pandering to all different groups for votes, and as usual after the election will go back to the norm. Hopefully these groups do not fall for the same trickery that the Democratic Party has done for at least many decades. They have become so efficient at lying and the main news media will prop up and support these lies. It’s time to act now and take back our dignity and respect that all Americans deserve.

TimInVA
TimInVA
1 year ago

“The power of the press lies not in what it publishes, but in what it doesn’t.”

David Morris
David Morris
1 year ago

Way too soon to be pulling the rope on the bell sounding the death of media gaslighting in America.

After all, it is the media that is pulling the rope.

While the culture is in a transition, it is hardly changing from goad: carrot and stick to the populace. Any scant reading of some of the more popular future histories of the recent past: Ender’s Game, for example, will reveal just how far off base this notion is.

Changing tires on the car doesn’t mean the car isn’t still going. Don’t be fooled.

chrisford1
chrisford1
1 year ago

Story is dishonest when it claims support for Trump is growing. Stop with the cultish adoration behavior! Latest poll has 32% of Americans with a positive opinion of Trump, 54% with a negative opinion.
Few like Biden, or think Trump cares about anything but himself.

AndreyO
AndreyO
1 year ago

Yes – but media continue to:

  • Have significant influence (on the state & local levels) on Senate, Congressional and Governors’ races – allowing candidates like Fetterman and Shapiro to remain competitive.
  • Be seen by GOP-establishment as essential for winning elections – resulting in Republican “leadership’s” strong support of RINO-squishes aka “professional losers” candidates.
  • Successfully suppress wide public recognition of the existential threats to American Republic of ignoring overwhelming evidence for & doing nothing about:

–The Big Steal of 2020
–Biden family corruption
–DEMs Reichstaging the Jan6 events to delegitimize all MAGA supporters as insurrectionists
–Turning DOJ/FBI into Democrat Party’s own gestapo (secret state police).

Larkenson
Larkenson
1 year ago

Anti-White liberals and respectable conservatives that support massive third-world immigration and FORCED assimilation for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries say that they are anti-racist, but their policies will lead to a world with no White people i.e White Genocide.
Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

KAK1965
KAK1965
1 year ago

Great article. It’s amazing what half the country does NOT know because of the MSM. Half the country still thinks the Russia hoax was real. The equalizer is at the pump and grocery store – inflation is inflation.

AuldGuy
AuldGuy
1 year ago

The hypocrisy of the left and the bias of the State Media have been highlighted wonderfully this week by the Martha’s Vineyard fiasco.

Jim satterfield
Jim satterfield
1 year ago

The corrupt legacy media, unfortunately, is still VERY powerful….

Hawkpilot
Hawkpilot
1 year ago

Foxnews is controlled opposition, including the “opinion” shows. Ask yourself how many times have the mentioned “2000 mules”? Has Dinesh D’souza been a guest on any of the shows to talk about the fraud that we all saw during the 2020 election? No, he has not.

Donald
Donald
1 year ago

They’re not journalists and they’re not reporters. They’re DNC operatives with press passes.

Doug
Doug
1 year ago

The only way the democrats can win in Nov is if they STEAL ANOTHER ELECTION!!!!!!
The democrat party’s “big lie” IS the big lie!
VOTE OUT ALL DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cupera1
cupera1
1 year ago

You left wing nuts have been LYING for so long about so many things about Trump that you are the kid that cries wolf all the time. NO ONE believes you anymore.

Henker
Henker
1 year ago

When the war finally begins in America, every last media property in the USA will be burned to ground together with it’s Evil employees.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 year ago

So now that the Jan 6 committee has lost all credibility and the Mara-Lago raid is getting no
traction, what is the next attempt by the dems (dims) to get Trump ? Stay tuned. You will hear it
by Friday.

Sean Richman
Sean Richman
1 year ago

I was born in Rockford Illinois in 1939 and never in all of my years that I have lived in Winnebago County Illinois would I ever think that this state would turn into the totally disgusting state that it is,but with many other states at least as disgusting,or states like kalifornia that are even worse.What can I say except look at the leaders of those states and our country,mostly,or maybe all are power and money hungry democRATS.

CHARLENE J RADCLIFFE
CHARLENE J RADCLIFFE
1 year ago

GET RID VOTING MACHINES!!!!!!! VOTE PAPER BALLOT ONLY!!—-ALL OVER THE NATION! EVERY STATE-EVERYWHERE!!!! VOTER ID REQUIRED!!

Theresa Coughlin
Theresa Coughlin
1 year ago

The media wielded incredible power for decades.? What decades were those exactly? They must have been before I was born because in recent years They have been so abusively biased, they destroyed their own credibility.

election fraud
election fraud
1 year ago

Just remember, the vast majority of people are not for all the lies-climate change hoax, queer nation, gender change surgery on unsuspecting vulnerable still growing and learning children!!! But God expects us to get involved in this wicked takeover by these sinister few in charge!!! The onus is on us!!! Many people in the past thought Christians shouldn’t be involved in the media or in politics, etc.. They were wrong and extremely ignorant!!! Our laxness is the reason for this mess!!! Stand up and get involved in the foray!!! Is your FREEDOM worth the cause of doing whatever you can to stop this wicked insanity America and the world is now in!!! God for all of us on our final day on earth will look at did we live for ourselves only or did we live for the true betterment of the world or more importantly for the Lord Jesus Christ!!!

LivingtheDream
LivingtheDream
1 year ago

I’m sorry but the common low information voter still believes ABC, CBS, NBC….. biased news as the truth. With Fox news the only mouth piece for republicans, its like going to a gun fight with only a knife.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 year ago

We don’t have a media, all we have are PR firms run by the DNC. Its not “news” unless it has to do with someone wearing a red MAGA hat…

tempus
tempus
1 year ago

I gave up watching the evening TV news when Clinton became president, and all the network news programs became Clinton propaganda programs. I started watching the “Three Stooges” instead.

Rik
Rik
1 year ago

Today’s media DOESN’T REPORT THE NEWS as much as they MANUFACTURE AND CONTROL THE NEWS! . . . Case in point: how about Lying Kamala spewing ” the border is secure” when anyone with half a brain KNOWS THAT IT ISN’T! . . . And the major networks NEVER REPORT OTHERWISE! That’s why I just love that the Texas Governor sent a couple of busloads of ILLEGALS to her home in D.C. . . . I think he should keep on sending busloads more EVERY WEEK and INCLUDE JACKASS JOE’S HOUSE IN DELAWARE TOO! . . . I live in Communist controlled California and I hear as much Spanish as I do English and because so businesses are FORCED TO HIRE BILINGUAL SPEAKING EMPLOYEES as WE CATER TO HISPANICS! Pretty soon OUR NATIONAL LANGUAGE WILL BE SPANISH! . . . It’s Disgusting what these Progressively wannabe Communist Democrats are doing to this country and most media outlets, other than FOX, are collaborating with them to influence the mindless population in accepting government slavery! . . . I fear we are headed for another Civil War!

Craig Driver
Craig Driver
1 year ago

Finally Main Stream Media is reaping its just desserts. Humble Pie is not so easy to swallow!

Deborah M Nearhoof
Deborah M Nearhoof
1 year ago

my FavoritePresident Donal J Trump !!! First

Kay
Kay
1 year ago

We no longer have an honest press. They are as corrupt as the marxist democrat party. People do not get news but only opinions.

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

Like Trump or hate him, the result of his Presidency has been the exposure of the media as state propaganda, the FBI and DOJ as corrupt, and the endangerment of our basic right by censorship and political weaponization of branches of government.

ibsam
ibsam
1 year ago

The demon that ensouls the woke propaganda machine is experiencing spiritual impotence, which is a condition analogous to its physical counterpart but far more frustrating and debilitating. Ultra-MAGA patriots are taught to guard their integrity and honor, because those are eternal attributes of the soul. The woke cult teaches its neutered disciples that truth, justice, and liberty do not matter. All that matters to the neutered is staying on the good side of the woke mob’s protection racket. The meditations and prayers of the Ultra-MAGA patriots produces a light of truth that shines into the hearts and minds of all Americans, who have, as a result, developed very sensitive detectors and filters for woke virtue signaling and propaganda. Once infection by the woke virus is detected in a given source of information, all else that burbles up from the woke source is ignored because there is no information content. Nothing in this world is more boring than to hear a recitation of woke talking points (they all say the same lies as if reading from the same script). It’s clear that the woke cult believes the American people to be very stupid. Nothing is farther from the truth. The American people are no different than human beings all around the world. They despise the imperious condescension of woke cultists who have traded in their abilities to think for themselves. They despise being looked down upon by spiritually enslaved fools who must believe that men can be women, that the world will burn to a crisp in 10 years, and that Americans hate one another like neutered disciples of the woke cult hate themselves. Whenever Sleepy Joe sticks his corpse-like head up out of his stink hole in hell it is for the purpose of fomenting hatred toward what he fears most in the world: the Ultra-MAGA patriots who are kicking woke a** in the space of mind and soul.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 year ago

24 hour news is what wrecked us. If it were not for Jan 6 and Mara-Lago CNN would not have any news to report. Trump saved CNN. How about 1: what’s going on in Syria ? 2. Ukraine ? 3. Inflation ? 4. Whatever happened to ethanol from sugar cane in Brazil ? 5. How is China controlling all the world cobalt product which is required for EV batteries ? I guess I worry too much. Trump is a much bigger threat.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 year ago

Give me Huntley/Brinkley every night at 5:30 for 30 minutes with no rerun. Just the facts, mam

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 year ago

Let’s make the news rather than watch it.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 year ago

I’m sick and tired of seeing CNN trotting out Woodward/Bernstein from their graves to tell us, once
again for the 100th time, “this is worse than Watergate”. Its sad that two formerly distinguished
( I guess) journalists have led themselves to this sad servitude just to get a paycheck.

Doug
Doug
1 year ago

VOTE OUT ALL DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Myrna Wade
Myrna Wade
1 year ago

Well written. This is good news. I hope this means the electorate is not easily snowed. We can think for ourselves.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 year ago

We need a national paper that investagates news and speaks out for the people. We need truth. People are fed up with their lies. Why do they think they keep loosing customers. Kyle L.

HOMER SIMPSON
HOMER SIMPSON
1 year ago

The Fake News was apparent to intelligent persons long ago… it took awhile for those with a lower IQs to catch on… nevertheless, President Trump was always correct to call the lame stream media out as Fake “News.” Thankfully, there are few sources like AMAC, Epoch Times and Newsmax still believe in the truth… there is another problem… sometimes the truth is so clouded with coverups, clouds, and smoke it is difficult to discern fact from fiction. The only way to ferret the cause out, is to identify, charge and incarcerate the bad actors just like ordinary criminals… The current idiot, Karine JamAma, the Whitehouse “press secretary,” is the first one to behead! What an embarrassing Piece of Schiff! But she is apropos for the Usurping-Criminal-in-Chief…

God save the Republic!

James A. Fitts, Sr.
James A. Fitts, Sr.
1 year ago

Since the “media” is the 4th rail in keeping our government honest, but has not done so for several decades, it would be in America’s best interest if they could be held accountable when it’s proven they are lying. Propaganda, no matter what type, distorts the truth. American voters need the truth so they can make intelligent votes. Our Founders made comments on this issue. Anytime anyone, or any organization lies, that individual, or organization needs to be publicly ostracized!

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
1 year ago

The Following created a “State approved”, “Royal Press”:

52 U.S. Code § 30101 – Definitions (9)(B) The term “expenditure” does not include— (i) any news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication, unless such facilities are owned or controlled by any political party, political committee, or candidate; – law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/52/30101

But if candidates and political parties have to pay for time/space in the media, then why are favorable editorials considered to have no value if they are published by corporate media, unless the media is controlled by a political party, political committee, or candidate?

To restore equal rights to citizens, federal candidates, political parties and PACs “We the People” should ask our representatives in the Senate and House to revisit:

S. 2416 — 113th Congress: Free All Speech Act of 2014.”

S. 2416
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 3, 2014
Mr. Cruz introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To apply laws that restrict the political speech of American citizens to media corporations.
1. Short title
This Act may be cited as the Free All Speech Act of 2014 .
2. Application of laws that restrict the political speech of American citizens to media corporations
(a) In general
Any law that restricts the political speech of American citizens shall apply with equal force to media corporations, such as the New York Times, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), and the CBS Television Network.
(b) No application to American citizens if application to media corporations found unconstitutional
To the extent that the application of a law to a media corporation under subsection (a) is found unconstitutional, such law shall have no force or effect with respect to American citizens.

mytake
mytake
1 year ago

Excellent! Can’t believe a word they say or print. Clean up their act or go under. Lying, cheating, skewing, manipulation, siding with the traitorous left. Terrorizing the public and trying to ruin reputations. Anything to make ratings. What a legacy. Disgusting and pathetic.

Ronnie
Ronnie
1 year ago

Amac if you really want to make a difference start a Convention of states using Carter and Rumsfeild joint effort study as to have safe elections in America. So. We The People could have a voice and if you decide to take and make a stand for Americai l would like to be one of the first honored to do so .Article 5 of the Constition is a very powerful tool in our hands. It was put there for such as a time as this. I will be praying for you. We can fight and not be in a civil war which is where we are heading. Do your part to save our country!

P2burner
P2burner
1 year ago

I am old enough to rememver when the news business was reporting what happened, not reporting their OPINION of what might have happened.

Jannine
Jannine
1 year ago

The diminished effectiveness of the MSM, or as I prefer to call them, the Lame Street Media, has become obvious to democrats as well. Why else are they attacking our First Amendment? They want to control what is being said and who is saying. From personal text messages, to all forms of social media, to televised media.

Deb Rockwell
Deb Rockwell
1 year ago

May the Ministry of Propaganda be relegated to the history books. (as well as bankruptcy and prison for the biggest liars.) The reaping and sowing principle is alive and well. Good riddance to the REAL virus.

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 year ago

I don’t the ministry of propaganda giving up

Felix
Felix
1 year ago

RAV, Real American Voice has some of the best news commentary shows, going right to the heart of what our nation is going through. Thier morning show, American Sunshine at 8am, The War Room hosted by Steve Bannon at 5pm, The Charlie Kirk Show at noon, Just the News Not Noise at 6pm and others. Check RAV out, they need our support!

Morbious
Morbious
1 year ago

Reports of the demise of the leftist MSM may be premature. Millions of dem robots believe every poisoned syllable. That being said, im pleased to point out a positive development in going around the msm. A group calked Citizens For Sanity is putting up satirical billboards all over the country. If you havent seen one yet check them out online.

J. Farley
J. Farley
1 year ago

The term News Media is a joke, they are not in the news business, they are in the Democrat, Communist, Left, Fascist, America destruction business, they don’t give a Rats Butt about giving the Americans the truth or fairness. We just had a big debate here in the western half of the state I live in between all the Statewide and National Candidate one of the Democrats did such an abysmal Job at stating his postion the Local News Felt compelled to explain His postion (A second bit at the Apple).
The News Media sold out America, if you are not watching FOX, News Max, or getting you News online from like the Federalist or here at AMAC, you are being lied to or at best the news is being slanted Against Republicans and for anyone on the left.
I don’t watch or believe anything that ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSDNC, NPR tells me, for I know they are lying to me, and how do I know they are lying to me. —-Their Lips are Moving —-
God Save Us from the lying Bas—ds!

mark
mark
1 year ago

the MSM which is run mainly by Socialist big money has been a large part of the damage that has been done to this country of ours , its about time that people started checkinng facts before just taking their word as fact ,, to many people still believe the MSM cant tell a lie on tv ,,, most of them are the DemocRat sheep following the herd to there death and taking good Americans with them ,, WE THE PEOPLE MUST VOTE TRUTH NOT LIES

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