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Trump, Tucker, and the New Committees of Correspondence

Posted on Monday, August 28, 2023
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The first Republican presidential primary debate last Wednesday attracted some 12.8 million viewers according to Fox, slightly down from the 15.4 million viewers on average who watched the GOP debates in 2015 and 2016. Meanwhile, former Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s interview with Donald Trump, released on X (the social media platform formerly known as Twitter) on the same night as the debate has amassed more than 260 million views.

The juxtaposition of these two media events highlights an emerging trend in the American media landscape that must terrify the legacy press and corporate newsrooms. While it has been the case for some time, it is now glaringly obvious that platforms like podcasts, YouTube, and especially X under the leadership of Elon Musk have far more reach and influence than the mainstream media ever even dreamed of having. This phenomenon has fundamentally altered the way most Americans get their information and what information they receive.

Two weeks ago, I described figures like Carlson, Ben Shapiro, Lee Smith, and others – independent voices who question the establishment narrative and bring content unsanctioned by the ruling class to the masses – as “America’s New Media Minutemen,” likening them to the ragtag local militias who formed the backbone of the Patriot cause in the early days of the American Revolution. I argued that their ability to expose the blatant dishonesty and hypocrisy of mainstream news sources is creating a new media ecosystem where information distribution has become far more decentralized and democratized.

The GOP debate and Trump-Tucker interview further highlighted how this emerging media ecosystem is analogous to another institution of the Revolutionary period, the colonial “Committees of Correspondence.”

Prior to the first shots being fired at Lexington and Concord, the Committees of Correspondence played a vital role in galvanizing support for the cause of independence. Hundreds of committees made up of local Patriot leaders like Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and Caesar Rodney throughout the colonies coordinated with one another to disseminate information about actions taken by the British Crown and inform people of their political rights to oppose them.

When new laws like the Stamp Act and Townshend Acts went into effect, the committees explained to everyone from the cities to the countryside why they should be outraged at the latest example of British tyranny. Their communications took the form of everything from letters to public speeches.

Ultimately, the network of committees created a sense of unity between towns and colonies, forming the ideological bedrock of the Patriot cause. Instead of 13 independent colonies fighting alone against the world’s most powerful empire, a sense evolved that British oppression was not just a Massachusetts problem or a Virginia problem, but an American problem.

Today, Americans are beginning to form new Committees of Correspondence to challenge the power and authority of a different kind of oppressor: their media and political elites.

This was clearly evidenced by the jaw-dropping reach of Tucker Carlson’s interview with former President Trump. Carlson himself has “only” 9.9 million followers on X. The fact that over 260 million people viewed his conversation with Trump means that people who saw it shared it, either by reposting or sending it directly to friends and family.

Various other examples point to the unavoidable conclusion that Americans are fed up with the lies and obvious narrative engineering of the corporate press, and are instead creating their own information-sharing networks. Even in the face of obvious censorship by Big Tech, for instance, individual Americans sharing and talking about the Hunter Biden laptop scandal forced it back into the political mainstream. The efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, the evidence for the lab leak theory, what actually happened in Benghazi, what the government really knows about UFOs, the horrific truth about gender change surgeries for minors, and just how much money the Bidens have raked in from foreign businesses are all issues that our media, political, and cultural elites tried to suppress, but which broke through anyway because ordinary men and women were able to coordinate with one another and force those in power to address them.

The exponential growth of platforms like Substack and Patreon, which allow journalists and content creators to relay information unfiltered by corporate editorial teams that have their own political and ideological agenda, is another example of how people are forming their own news networks independent of legacy institutions.

Email, texting, and social media have replaced letters, pamphlets, and soap box speeches in the town square, but the purpose of these new Committees of Correspondence is still the same. While the first generation of Patriots used their underground lines of communication to defeat a giant monarchy and create our Republic, today’s Patriots are using digital information avenues to save the Republic by exposing the corrupt mainstream media, Deep State, and political establishment.

While those legacy institutions would like to portray the battle against them as merely a fringe conservative crusade, the truth is that voices at all points along the ideological spectrum are building their own Committees of Correspondence. Figures like Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, Bari Weiss, Michael Shellenberger, and Joe Rogan are hardly right-wing heroes, yet they have all created their own information distribution channels and have exposed the corruption of media organizations which, overall, they largely agree with politically.

Nonetheless, President Trump, a Republican, is a champion and indeed one of the first progenitors of the new Committees of Correspondence. Through his masterful use of Twitter during his 2016 campaign and throughout his first term, Trump constantly punched back at the mainstream media and challenged their false and misleading claims. The millions of views that each of Trump’s tweets garnered broke the hold the legacy press had by and large previously held over the prevailing political narrative.

Over the next year, the growth of the new Committees of Correspondence will be one of the most important factors in determining if Trump can not only win in 2024, but effectively govern. The success of the mainstream media at weaponizing COVID-19 against Trump, suppressing dirt on the Bidens, and perpetrating a whole host of other hoaxes ahead of the 2020 election showed the power that they still wield in American culture. In order to win next year, the new Committees of Correspondence will need to shatter the credibility and influence of the legacy press which is now determined to make Trump out to be a criminal and an enemy of the people.

National polling showing Trump tied with or even leading Biden in hypothetical 2024 matchups, as well as the fact that trust in the mainstream media is at an all-time low, suggests that this may already be occurring. Just as a determined group of rebels broke the seemingly unshakable grip of the British Crown over the American colonies more than two centuries ago, a new generation of Patriots may yet break the stranglehold that the media and political establishment has on American democracy today.

Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @ShaneHarris513.

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Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
7 months ago

Great description of the Committees of Correspondence in the 1770’s , how important those committees were to the founding of the United States of America, and how that spirit is being renewed . Very good work Shane, Well Done ,for sure. Taking a stand for Liberty, for the idea of respect for the will of God, for Truth , this is vital at this time. Defending history is of great importance — defending what is right and honorable at present is closely connected to having a clear understanding of American history. This article provides true hope for better days ahead, In the spirit of the Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights of the Constitution. Courage !

Donna
Donna
7 months ago

Excellent article, Shane. Long live our nation. One nation under God!

Myrna
Myrna
7 months ago

I am so heartened by the hope that a new generation will value freedom enough to support and defend it.

DenvilleSr
DenvilleSr
7 months ago

A great description of the demise of legacy media. I grew up in the 50s and 60s watching Huntley-Brinkley, John Chancellor and Walter Cronkite. I haven’t watched news on CBS, NBC or ABC for years. When I let my subscription to the NY Times expire, I was called and asked why I no longer subscribed. I told the gentleman that I no longer had a parakeet and thus no use for the Times. Yes, legacy media treatment of the Hunter Biden laptop and COVID origin has really soured me. After getting my COVID shots, I suffered some health setbacks. Today if I talk about my experience, I have been told that I am spreading misinformation. Is it possible my health situation and the COVID shots are coincidental? Yes. Is my change in health and the timing of the shots misinformation? No, those things are facts. To question the relationship between the two is called free speech. After a while it becomes obvious to more and more people that legacy media has an agenda and the agenda is to support certain views and keep a lid on others. The traditional Fourth Estate seems to have become an office of the RNC. Long live X, podcasts and the other new outlets for free speech.

Carolyn Exposito
Carolyn Exposito
7 months ago

The truth is coming to light. The Bidens, The Clintons, and especially Barak Obama are mired in dirty politics and criminal policies against the American people,

Rhoda
Rhoda
7 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed your article, Shane. The Committees of Correspondence, then and now, are critical to informing the “low information” voters. There are many places to gather “real” information; one just needs to search. We subscribe to Epoch Times. It has grown to the point where some of their video programs are on Epoch TV which is cannot be censored by YouTube. Also available are AMAC newsletters in AM and PM, Daily Signal from the Heritage Foundation, and Prager U. Thanks again for spreading the word!

Jeri
Jeri
7 months ago

People can claim to your face to be a staunch Republican, Democrat, Independent, uninterested, anything they want. What they do and watch behind closed doors is somewhat any bodies guess, although 280 million viewers on X tells an undeniable truth 280 million out of 330 million tuned in to Tucker at some point in time. America needs to hear those numbers.

John
John
7 months ago

I’d like to see the Tucker interview AND some other folks like Ben Shapiro, but I am neither a twitter fan nor a twitter user. I personally believe email is the best way to communicate both individually and with major events. Email to me is still the least edited and pulled communication mode. I am especially not a fan of Facebook, because I believe that Facebook is considerably secretly edited. My wife disagrees, but she uses facebook for a select group of family members and friends.

Thinking
Thinking
7 months ago

Excellent article. People are finally waking up. Only took 2.5 years. It took 8 years to get Trump and 4 indictments till the people found out it was all a set up and the crooks are in the White House bringing our country to its knees. It is not Trump that will save America it’s people are the saviors. Trump is just their spokesperson. Get rid of Trump silence the people.

Ruth Pierce
Ruth Pierce
7 months ago

Great article! I stopped watching the National News several years ago because I just don’t trust the newscasters. This article just strengthens my decision regarding watching the National News programs.

Newday
Newday
7 months ago

We still have free speech, but many outlets practice censorship of whatever they disagree with. So it’s free but only your little group of like minded fokks is going to hear it. Many still equate big names like CNN and NBC with some level of trust. plus we have a generation that looks to social media for their information. There is little research done to find out the facts. They just repeat what they hear.

Kim
Kim
7 months ago

I often write on a question/answer site (Quora), answering thousands of questions about horticulture, landscaping, and other topics I know something about. When reading some of the political pages and the horrendously erroneous comments, I felt I had to comment on a few of those.
This morning, I replied to an answer written by a Democrat. It’s nothing I haven’t mentioned here, and I certainly didn’t use the foul language that punctuates that site. There was no reason for it to be removed by Quora–it was well-reasoned, I thought, and it addressed each of the writer’s points about keeping Republicans out of government. (Of course, he was wrong.) But that’s the way Quora works; if someone is offended or doesn’t like the content, the snowflake can report my comment to Quora and have it removed. Extreme liberals never seem to face the same censorship. Although the content was removed from views to others, I was still able to see it.
So…I copied the question, the Democrat’s answer, and my comment, and posted it as a separate answer. We’ll see if they can tolerate that and how quickly my answer is deleted or I’m banned.
We wouldn’t have the need to respond to their outrageous comments and “out-there” reasoning if everyone were civil and had legitimate grievances against a political party or policy. Free speech, after all, is guaranteed in this country. While reasonable people get censored or banned, the radical left continue to spout their harmful and twistedly illogical bias.
Tucker Carlson does a great job, and I’m glad he has the viewership. He even spoke with a large group of Romanians, who were mostly in agreement with him. I’m going to look into some of these newer sites. 

michaelR
michaelR
7 months ago

I still don’t understand how they could possibly be this close together, percent wise when Biden and his inept administration are driving the US over a cliff. Are people actually paying attention to what the US is being manipulated into by the democrats?? It would appear that they’re daily consumption of politics comes from cell phone bogus headlines from the likes of yahoo and other comparable left leaning tripe.

jocko
jocko
7 months ago

ONLY ONE SURE AND PERMANENT WAY TO STOP THE CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, CHEATING, LYING, libs AND IT’S NOT THRU ELECTIONS………

Robert Mees
Robert Mees
7 months ago

The next President will oversee the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord (April 19, 1775) and the signing of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776). As I walk the places where these events unfolded it occurred to me that men and women are again being asked to risk their life, liberty and property to preserve the freedoms that were fought for two and a half centuries ago. Sound the alarm!

A. Birney
A. Birney
7 months ago

Thank you for this article. It is very hope filled.

Drue
Drue
7 months ago

Well, I consider myself a relatively informed Conservative but I was unaware that these platforms existed. Wow! I knew the mainstream media were engaged in lies and deception but really thought there was no real alternative except Fox. Now besides the Epoch Times we have alternate sources. Thank God!

Garyk
Garyk
7 months ago

Very nice presentation of history and the lesson that those who ignore it ,are destined to repeat it.
The MSM,marxist democrat party and washington elites are all self serving,destructive enemies of Real American Citizens.
Wake up People , We must end this hypocrisy, immorality and corruption.
Time to take back OUR Country and hold these yeaitors accountable.
Freedom and Our God Given Rights must never be taken for granted or given up.
NEVER SURRENDER

Fred Noel
Fred Noel
7 months ago

The Committee of Corresponds has been replaced by Mark Zuckenberg’s News Media Matters. Spewing left wing propaganda 24/7 365 days a year. As reported on the Main Stream Media every day. Can anyone say Bias B.S.?

Bruce
Bruce
7 months ago

Great article!

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
7 months ago

Hoorah!

Aloys Notzon
Aloys Notzon
7 months ago

I would have liked a clarification of how the 260 million are not individuals, but counts of how many visited the site and not even how long they stayed.

Trailer park girls
Trailer park girls
7 months ago

I would like to apologize to Marjorie Taylor Greene but she’s getting beat up behind another trailer by Lauren bobo right now. Lol

Good god
Good god
7 months ago

It looks like a funeral home in here lol

Tough choices
Tough choices
7 months ago

It’s a tough call. One of the toughest I have made in life. But If I had to choose between trump and Stalin I would have to choose the one who didn’t rape. Stalin it is lol

johnh
johnh
7 months ago

Tucker & Hannity will also play softball with Trump because he gets mad & gets even with anyone that disagrees with him. Form your own opinion, but candidates for POTUS should be asked Hardball questions.

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