While Trump and Brexit represent two incredible victories for democracy, more significantly these two distant but related phenomenon represent in fact the wholesale rejection of the western liberal media. And that truly is cause to celebrate.
Change is afoot. It’s happening, slowly, surely, but it’s happening.
The western liberal media cabal are losing their grip. Like the school bully who, when finally stood up to, loses his or her aura of authority, so it is with the Liberal media bullies.
Tune into mainstream media any given day – in the US or the UK – and you will invariably find the same ‘narratives:’ In the US media outlets such as ABC and CNN continue a co-ordinated attack of slurs and downright lies against Republican presidential candidate Trump.
Attack hounds from all the major news channels and newspapers are poised, ready to forensically examine every breath the Donald takes. When their efforts lead to naught, they simply make something up. Doesn’t matter so long as they can smear.
When Trump recently tweeted that “Russia or somebody should reveal the contents of Hilary’s e-mails” the MSM had a field day:
“Trump incites Russia to hack US defences!” The headlines were suitably lurid, suitably disingenuous. Even a cursory glance at the above headline reveals Trump said no such thing. Clinton’s controversial e-mails are already in the hands of a third-party.
So, no, Trump was not “inciting” Russia to “hack” US security. But what the hell, the Liberal media don’t let a little thing like truth stand in the way of a good headline, particularly one that is attempting to smear Trump.
Meanwhile Hilary Clinton’s shocking record of incompetence and corruption is given a free pass. Zilch. Zero.
In the UK, attempts by the establishment media to smear the Brexit campaign and those who voted to Leave the EU continue unabated. As I write the media and political elite of pro-EU fanatics are lining up to smear Brexit in any conceivable way they can.
Prominent Leave campaigners such as Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and now even Dr Liam Fox are under constant attack from the full weight of the UK Liberal media: The BBC, Channel 4, The Guardian and friends are daily busily concocting ‘narratives’ aimed to undermine Brexit and the people who lead and voted for it.
At the same time as they are demonising anyone who dared support Brexit, the BBC and friends are going out of their way to supress any kind of economic news or data that points towards a positive post-Brexit future for the UK.
Conversely, even the merest scrap of hearsay or anecdotal information that supports their post-Brexit Armageddon ‘narrative’ is seized upon and together with stand-out headline, prominently displayed across various media channels. Yawn.
But people are waking up. The signs are very good indeed.
Thanks to a plethora of alternative news sources – largely available online - millions of ordinary people are taking a long, hard, critical look at mainstream media. And they don’t like what they see.
So just what exactly do they see?
They see a group of politicians in thrall of the mainstream media. They see a group of politicians whose ‘principles’ are shaped and formed not by the people who vote for them, but more precisely the Liberal-globalist agendas of CNN, ABC, BBC et al.
They see a group of politicians, who despite calling themselves democratic or republican, conservative or labour are essentially indistinguishable from one another, a group of woolly centralists delivering the same empty political rhetoric that first and foremost must have mainstream media approval.
With the exception of some miniscule peripheral policies they see a group of people who are broadly supportive of the same globalist ideology so beloved of the western liberal media: globalisation, mass immigration, dissolution of national culture, etc.
Take the thorny issue of immigration. In poll after poll the British people consistently state their opposition to mass immigration, yet the UK Liberal media with the BBC at its helm is virulently pro-migration. The same is also true of Channel 4, Sky News and the whole raft of fellow Liberal print media outlets.
Now, given such opposition to mass migration, one might think that our political masters would act in accordance with the wishes of the British people – the people whose views they purport to represent.
Not a jot.
Labour, Conservative, Liberal virtually the entire political class will, when quizzed, unequivocally state their support of mass migration – the policy not of their constituents, but the policy of the western Liberal media.
For many years Conservative voters had wanted their party to take a tougher line on immigration, not least because such a stance would oppose the extremely lax pro-migration stance of Labour, the party’s supposed ideological opponents. But no. Insiders reveal that Conservative party leader David Cameron was terrified of being labelled as ‘right-wing’ by..?
The mainstream Liberal media…
What the mainstream media prefers in terms of politics is a woolly centralist party, a composite of Liberals and Social Democrats, one that when it does actually act, acts in the interests of the global elite, a party of mass migration that considers (European) nationalism to be the greatest of all sins.
Approval is the key word: for there is one thing above all else that politicians crave be they Tory or Labour, be they based in England, France or Texas: the approval of the western liberal media.
All of which brings me to my main point.
It has taken a long time to get here, but finally people are waking up to the fact that it’s not politicians who run our countries, it is in fact the western liberal media.
To comprehend the Trump or Brexit phenomenon is to understand the growing unease that ordinary people have with this mainstream media.
In the run up to Brexit the BBC, Channel 4 and friends threw everything they had into undermining Brexit, but it didn’t work. And the reason the scaremongering and at times threatening behaviour failed to work is that increasing numbers of people are able to see right through the media and its propaganda.
When President Obama made his ill-judged intervention to the Brexit debate, the Leave vote enjoyed a substantial spike in support with some analysts still attributing Leave’s stunning victory to this precise moment.
But on paper it had looked fool-proof, a classic stitch-up involving the UK political elite (pro-EU MPs) the US political elite (Obama & Democrats) and the mainstream media (BBC, ITV, Channel 4) What could possibly go wrong? The serfs were expected to follow their masters.
But they didn’t.
In the US a similar blowback effect follows just about every attempted smear job on Trump. Much to the fury of the US media elite, each and every time they attempt what in the US is known as a ‘hit’ against the Republican candidate, Trump’s support, far from collapsing, actually increases.
It’s almost as if people don’t actually believe what the mainstream media are telling them. Who’d have thought?
Thanks to the Internet alternative views are now just a click away. You only have to look online to see ever growing discontent with Liberal media news outlets and their favoured ‘narratives’ be it Trump is the devil or Islam is The Religion of Peace.
With every piece of anti-Brexit propaganda, every new Trump ‘hit’ every Islamic denialism meme, the mistrust keeps growing.
There is indeed a war raging in the western political and cultural sphere, one that has the potential to shape a whole new blueprint for western European society, but it’s not a war against Brexit, or Farage or Trump or any other such hyperbolic “far-right” bogeyman.
In 2016 the people do indeed have a very strong and ruthless enemy, one that though it is relatively small in number owns a hugely disproportionate amount of media power and influence.
A real and present threat to integrity, honesty and liberty, the enemy of the people is amongst us, operating freely and without restrain:
The Western Liberal mainstream media.
A danger to each and everyone of us.