One of the reasons I’m so angered by the actions of our media for the past three years has been their abuse of the trust given to them by their audience. People who work hard all day, brave their daily work commute (especially here in the Los Angeles area) and take the time to cultivate a healthy relationship with their families don’t have the time to scour the internet to keep up with what’s going on in the world.
But there was supposed to be an easy fix for that: your local or national news network and newspaper, designed to be a platform that would summarize all of the important news we needed to know, that could be read or watched in a short amount of time so that we could stay informed of domestic and world events.
In the days of Walter Cronkite, the goal of a journalist or news anchor was to deliver the news without the audience knowing the particular political leaning of said journalist. It wasn’t considered relevant to the news. Despite the more recent shift to political activists masquerading as journalists, even if they were to give away their political leanings, it would still be palatable if they at least delivered the real news.
But for those of us who have been paying attention for the past three years, it’s become blatantly obvious that any semblance of real news has been hijacked by their need and desire to continue a narrative rather than reality. There have been multiple major blows to the credibility of all left-leaning news outlets in the U.S. recently, and it’s hard to gauge which is the most damning.
First, we had the Wikileaks email dumps showing that a large handful of “journalists” were directly on the payroll of the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. It’s hard to say that you’re delivering any semblance of unbiased news when you’re receiving a paycheck from one of the most hyper-partisan organizations on the planet.
If you have any sort of short-term memory left, it’s been alarming to watch the large number of “bombshell” revelations reported by CNN, MSNBC and the New York Times that have had to be retracted, either due to poor sourcing or outright lies fed to the media by people desiring to see President Trump’s presidency fail, rather than watching our nation succeed through his landmark achievements.
More recently, we’ve discovered that a large number of journalists were on the payroll of Fusion GPS, the political opposition research firm led by Glenn Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter whose firm is thought to be the true author of the Steele dossier and proto-dossiers originally leaked to news organizations to damage the Trump campaign with false intelligence.
Even scarier is the revelation given in Lee Smith’s new book, “The Plot Against the President,” that as subscription revenue declined sharply for major media outlets such as The New York Times and Washington Post, many of our most trusted news outlets have either scrapped or significantly cut the budgets for their investigative divisions, instead outsourcing those duties to highly partisan outfits like Fusion GPS.
But perhaps the most terrifying of all for patriots who care about this country, her institutions, her social fabric and her wellbeing, is that the media is no longer innocently pushing news that has been poorly sourced or procured from partisan organizations. They have now become a part of the political machine, willing to peddle outright lies, hire felons to deliver false narratives and assist a particular political party in a coup d’état against the president of the United States of America.
If you don’t have the time to dig into these claims on your own, there is an amazing, recently released book that gives an extremely thorough and well-written description of precisely how complicit the media has been in the willing destruction of our nation and her institutions for the betterment of one side of the political spectrum.
As mentioned above, “The Plot Against the President” author Lee Smith shadowed California Congressman Devin Nunes and his investigative team for two years, chronicling his battle against the shadowy figures who spied on several Republican presidential candidates, and when President Trump won despite their rampant illegal actions, moved into the coup phase of their operation.
I’m a political junkie who stays plugged into updates every moment that I’m awake, and there were quite a few developments that I learned from this book. It’s extremely well-written and highlights the trials and tribulations of a group of men who should be recognized as those who, along with President Trump, saved America when this is all over.
The most dangerous thing to the current enemies of our president is an informed electorate. They are counting on being able to pull strings behind the scenes, with a compliant media feeding us false narratives and explanations in the hope that we’ll never get a glimpse behind the curtain to see just how diabolical and unethical their tactics have been.
If you want to help this nation and our president, the best thing you can do is to stay informed. And in the absence of a media willing to tell us what’s really going on, we should be thankful for people like Lee Smith, John Solomon and Sara Carter who are willing to go against the grain to give us the truth.
I would ask that anyone who has the wherewithal pick up and read this book or listen to the audiobook. It’s imperative that everyone who cares about this country learns the steps that our enemies, many of them within, have taken against it for their own political or financial gains.
When Benjamin Franklin was asked by a group of citizens what sort of government was created during the Constitutional Convention, his response was, “a Republic, if you can keep it.” We are dangerously close to failing that charge, and the greatest ammunition we have, as a people, is information.
Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your family, take the time to enjoy them and ponder just how great it is to live in the society that Mr. Franklin and his compatriots built for us. And if you want to pass along the fruitful bounty that it has provided for us as American citizens, come back from the holiday prepared to make your voice heard and fight for her.
Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), author of “Love Me When I’m Gone,” “The Pact” and “The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.