Friday, January 27, 2017

Don't Take the Bait

Yesterday Donald Trump's senior advisor Stephen Bannon told the media they were the opposition party and that they should keep their mouths shut.

The New York Times has the story here.

Unlike his boss, Bannon never speaks out rashly in public. This is all part of a plan to get the media spinning into a tizzy, and it's working by the way. It's just a matter of time before someone in the media over-reaches or lashes out. When that happens, it will become the story, and the rest of the media will turn on him/her. (Like Buzzfeed after releasing Russian dossier)

That person's name will become shorthand for "hysterical media" or "unfair media" and Trump and his voters will move one step closer to being able to live in hermetically sealed information bubble. And the media will have lost all it's power to pop it.

This is going to be a challenging four years. The media must remain vigilant and disciplined. Just the facts, man. When they say something obviously outrageous and stupid (like the media needs to shut up), just report it, and move on.

It's your job. The rest of us are depending on you.