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The First Post-Media Election

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
7 days ago

Hallelujah. Make 230 a thing of past.

Rich
9 days 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
9 days 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.

Guy
7 days ago
Reply to  Joseph Carlson

One would think that the American people would have learned long ago that the left, dems, have played the same game since at least the 60’s. Election time, run to right. Then legislate from the left. That’s 60 years my fellow Americans.

TimInVA
10 days ago

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

David Morris
10 days 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
10 days 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.

David Morris
10 days ago
Reply to  chrisford1

all true: but the head to head is still what elections are all about.

Trump was never my choice, but in another election between Trump and Biden, or Trump and Harris, or Trump and Buttigieg, of Trump and Mme Obama, or Trump and AOC or Trump and Sanders or ….

You get my point.

Trump might get primaried by a better candidate for conservatives, but that is a separate issue. That replaces Trump in any one of those equations.

AndreyO
10 days 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
10 days 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
10 days 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.

Robert E Bauer
10 days ago
Reply to  KAK1965

Reality makes for difficult spin. People see high gas prices, feel high inflation. To spin those truths is impossible.

AuldGuy
10 days 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
10 days ago

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

Rich
9 days ago

Just like the controlled media in China.

Hawkpilot
10 days 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.

AuldGuy
10 days ago
Reply to  Hawkpilot

Not even Hannity has had him on. But Lindsay Graham, who is working to keep the Senate in democrat control, is a frequent guest. Go figure!

Guy
7 days ago
Reply to  AuldGuy

Good. Glad someone else noticed Grahams RINOS achievements!

TimInVA
10 days ago
Reply to  Hawkpilot

Not surprisingly, Dinesh’s “2000 Mules” was logically torn apart within days of its first appearance. You don’t hitch your wagon to D’souza if you want to have any credibility.

Rich
9 days ago
Reply to  TimInVA

If you fail to see the truth, it just doesn’t exist.

Weary
9 days ago
Reply to  Hawkpilot

AGREE!

Donald
10 days ago

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

Doug
10 days 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guy
7 days ago
Reply to  Doug

America is becoming a leftist country. You don’t have to like it but you should admit it.

cupera1
10 days 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.

highstephorse
10 days ago
Reply to  cupera1

What is the left-wing nut lie about mr. liar?

Henker
10 days 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
10 days 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.

bud jamison
10 days ago
Reply to  GTPatriot

Assassination?

Rich
9 days ago
Reply to  bud jamison

That’s not funny but is a distinct possibility. These mobsters in office now could do anything.

cupera1
10 days ago
Reply to  GTPatriot

Stalin Show trail

Sean Richman
11 days 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.

Jerry Williamson
10 days ago
Reply to  Sean Richman

I have been in and through Illinois. It is actually a nice state similar to my other two favorite states to visit – Indiana and Ohio. The only place where you see unlimited and unrestricted filth is the dung hole that is Cook County and Metro Chicago.

Rich
9 days ago

Chicago politically is pretty much a swamp although most of Illinois is taxed to death. NOT a good place to live.

magpie618
8 days ago

Don’t forget St. Clair CO. ( East St Louis)

CHARLENE J RADCLIFFE
11 days ago

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

Doug
10 days ago

The democrat party’s “big lie” IS the big lie!

highstephorse
10 days ago
Reply to  Doug

You were, are, always being manipulated by your so-called bg. You know that in Oct 2020 Bannon said bg would lie and say he won even if he loses. bg is now saying he won with more votes than he did in 2016. You know what is fucked up about that? He can’t even say by how many votes!!!! Election deniers are a threat to our democracy.

Theresa Coughlin
11 days 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.

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