Monday, February 27, 2017

Breitbart To Bannon

“That’s my ADHD,” said Andrew Breitbart from the podium at CPAC as he was drawn off topic by something in the crowd. With my press pass, I was free to get near to him on the dais for close-up photographs and I had recognized his ADHD symptoms earlier in the conference when he was part of a panel. Breitbart was squirrelly as he sat waiting his turn to speak, but full of passionate intensity when he finally got up there.
Breitbart waiting -- David Horowitz at Podium

The panel included former leftist David Horowitz and David Bossie, who later became Deputy Campaign Manager for President Donald Trump. He had been on still another CPAC panel I attended, introducing Irish film makers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, who had just released Fracknation, a documentary debunking mainstream media hype against the hydro-fracking process to produce oil and natural gas.
One theme ran through all his panels and talks: circumventing mainstream media control of what Americans knew and didn’t know. He had a visceral hatred of their monopoly and made it his mission in life to smash it. He encouraged CPAC attendees to use a camera and laptop and become guerrilla journalists.
People like James O’Keefe took him up on that when he went on to single-handedly destroy ACORN by exposing its incestuous relationship with both the Democrat Party and mainstream media. Another is Steve Bannon, who took over after Breitbart’s premature death in 2012. Bannon then took over Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and engineered a political earthquake. Andrew Breitbart is dead, but his mission continues.
It’s all-out war now. Bannon was at CPAC himself last week on a panel with Trump Chief-of-Staff Reince Preibus who has an adjoining office in the White House. He usually stays behind the scenes, so this was a rare, out-front appearance. He told his audience that President Trump will not moderate his positions, and will push them even harder. When Preibus predicted the administration’s relationship with mainstream media would improve, Bannon disagreed: “Not only is it not going to get better, it’s going to get worse every day… There are corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed to an economic nationalist agenda like Donald Trump has… If you think they are going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. Every day, every day, it is going to be a fight.”
Shortly before his death, Andrew Breitbart said: “My goal is to destroy the New York Times and CNN… and not just them. I’m committed to the destruction of the old media guard... and it’s a very good business model. I believe that from that something better will come… The media class is the wall that we have to climb over in order for our voices to be heard. Once our voices are heard, then democracy will happen.”
Steve Bannon is bringing that mission closer to fruition and he’s paying the price. Bannon has become enemy number one for the left. Democrats and their mainstream media mouthpieces routinely refer to him as a racist, fascist, misognynist, bigoted, anti-Semitic, white nationalist — and that’s on a good day. But then, their candidate, Hillary Clinton, called half of Trump supporters racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, irredeemables — over 25 million Americans. Is it any wonder Bannon called mainstream media the “Opposition Party”?
I voted for Donald Trump, but I cannot say I ever liked him, reminding me as he does of narcissists I’ve met and tried to avoid over the years. Nonetheless, I like very much what he’s doing — his cabinet appointments, his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and his executive orders. I did, however, like Andrew Breitbart. He was unpretentious and approachable. I photographed him over three CPAC conferences and he asked me once if I could understand his friends and fellow panelists Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer through their strong Irish Brogues. I told him I could because I’d just returned from a vacation there and was forced to learn. I cannot say I knew Breitbart personally but I quite strongly identified with his mission.
Saturday Night Live Bannon controlling Trump

His successor, Steve Bannon, was born to an Irish-Catholic-Democrat, blue collar family in Virginia. Bannon’s world view has been influenced by that heritage, just as my own has. The epithets thrown at him by the left have also been hurled at me and are just as groundless. That’s what the left does when they want to avoid discussing issues but they don’t know it doesn’t work anymore. They see us as deplorable because we don’t view the world as they do and we accept that. They think their defeat was a fluke and they’re digging in for a long battle to re-take control, so buckle your seatbelt.
Somewhere, Andrew Breitbart is smiling.


Brian said...

You go,Steve Bannon! Keep on fighting the good fight. Let the leftists know that "alternative facts" are just as good as actual facts. Just like our buddies the Soviets say, the media is an enemy against the people! Don't listen to common folk in the media! Listen to the billionaires telling you what is "fake"! Fight for this billionaire administration! Don't believe what others tell you, don't believe ANY news that you don't want to believe, that is your right! Believe in Bannon's Billionaires! If we tell you it didn't rain, it didn't rain. If we tell you are crowds were the biggest and our electoral count was the greatest, they were. Don't let the fakers tell you that the bowling green massacre didn't happen. If we tell you it did, it did, the rest is fake!

Anonymous said...

I DO have a concern with the Trumping the Leftposter, concerning Mr. Sharpton.
It has been proven more than once, to MY satisfaction, that "College dropout" CAN be an indicator of vastly superior intelligence.
Of course, the folks at (ie)Microsoft, Mensa (and higher) COULD be wrong!

Tom McLaughlin said...

"Don't listen to common folk in the media!" says Brian. I disagree. You should listen to them, but you won't find them in mainstream media. Every face you see there in the alphabet broadcast networks, the urban broadsheets, and on MSNBC and CNN are millionaires. They rub elbows with the governing elite of both parties at Georgetown soirees several times a week. They're completely out of touch with common people, which is why they don't understand what happened November 8th.

There are common folk in the media, however, and you're on one of their sites right now. Why are you drawn here Brian? Why do you visit so often? You're here nearly every day.

As for being a college dropout, Captain, it's nothing to be ashamed of. I was one myself. I only went back so I could become a teacher. I had to have at least a BS for that. I went on because I needed other certifications. Whatever I've learned that is valuable, however, truly valuable, I didn't learn in college.

Tom McLaughlin said...

Oh, and Andrew Breitbart said virtually the same thing in his autobiography. His degree from Tulane was a waste, he said.

Brian said...

Oh, so all newspaper journalists are millionaires, investigative reporters are all out of touch millionaires, and every time I see anybody talking about what an incompetent douche Trump is, they must be a millionaire. Somebody should let everybody at the Daily Sun know that they are millionaires! Unless of course they have the same views as you, then they are simply common folk. like even the biggest stars at FOX and the big radio personalities spouting alt-right talking points.

Nobody is out of touch with what happened at the election. The left got complacent and lazy and didn't bother to vote because Hillary was forced upon them instead of who the people obviously really wanted, Bernie, who would have won in a landslide. But the masses have awoken, and letting it be known that Trump's shit won't fly. It is a beautiful thing to see everyday these protests of the people. And I've explained why I am here, I like to hear the "thinking" process from people with different views., and have some discussion. I know that is a foreign concept to those who like to throw out their alternate facts and then hide from any discussion and questions that pop bubbles in their "thinking".

Peter said...

Trump is in touch with the people?

Trump wants no background gun checks. 90% of citizens do want checks.

70% of voters want "illegal immigrants" to be granted legal status, only 25% favor deportation.

71% of Americans want the US to stick with the Paris Agreement on climate change, including 57% of Republicans. 55% oh his own voters want to continue Obama policies on this matter, and 73% want to maintain or increase government support for Green energy.

80% of citizens approve of federal funds for Planned Parenthood, including 65% of Republicans.

Only 16% of Americans support a full repeal of the ACA.

60% of Americans want the minimum wage raised.

57% of Americans, even 46% of republicans, oppose federal vouchers for private-school tuition.

75% of the people want to legalize pot.

Trumps is incredibly out of touch with what the people want.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Trump's speech to congress was so full of lies it was like satire. Fact check it yourself! Holy moly.

Tom McLaughlin said...

I loved it.

Anonymous said...

Of course you loved it, you were his target audience. People like you love getting appeased with alternate facts.

Anonymous said...

And ANOTHER thing...
"Breitbart waiting -- David Horowitz at Podium"
Mr. Horowitz was pictured AT the lectern, while he was ON the podium.
Mindful that language "mavens" have written off the common ignorance of
those primarily in the "communications" industry as "usage", it STILL
betrays ongoing ignorance.
I'd LIKE to believe that HERE, the caption was cut-and-paste along with the photo.

Tom McLaughlin said...

Okay, okay. I thought they were synonymous, but "ongoing" ignorance? About those two words, I am edified and I'll admit that I don't know everything. I only pretend to. The photo and caption, however, are both my own.

Anonymous said...

"I loved it!" said the rube about the snake oil salesman's sales pitch.

"I loved it!" said the German nationalist about the new thin-mustached leader's speech.

"I loved it!" said the man who pretends to know everything as he listened to the pathological liar tell him what he wanted to hear.

Anonymous said...

Many prominent republicans are willing to admit the truth. The amounts will snowball as Trump digs himself deeper. No way he last 47 more months.

"Something is deeply wrong with our president and the country is in danger," wrote Gabriel Schoenfeld, former adviser to Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign, in an op-ed for New York Daily News.

"The danger will only be averted when the Republican leadership in Congress publicly acknowledges what they and the rest of the entire world already know: America's president is not wearing any clothes."

The Republican adviser concluded that the President was "delusional" if he really believed his statements that his government was a "fine-tuned machine", or that his Muslim ban had enjoyed a "perfect roll-out".

"Yet even if he is not suffering from outright delusions, and is simply attempting to cover his obvious failures with glorious adjectives, his mind clearly has wires crossed," insisted the adviser.

Tom McLaughlin said...

Anonymous? Put yourself out there if you're such a brilliant prognosticator. You can't though, because you lack sack.

It's war. "Every day, every day, it is going to be a fight.” Against people like you. This is just another day.

We're winning and you can't stand it.

Anonymous said...

Why are you trying to blame the messenger? The post centered around the thoughts of a prominent republican advisor.

"We're winning". That comment there reveals so much. First, that you are not on the side of Americans as a whole, but just those that think like you, and perhaps look like you. You are "winning"? You just sound ridiculous.

I would say people that "lack sack" are those that hide, week after week, column after column, from tough questioning, dodging questions from people with names and anons alike.

Is Sessions the next piece to fall. This is great fun watching the clown car break down!

Tom McLaughlin said...

I'm hiding? You're anonymous.

The Poster Formerly Known as Anonymous said...

Typical case of deflection. Avoid the topic of your constant hiding from tough questions, and the constant uncontested holes punched in your columns. You are really using the defense of "Yeah, but I don't know your name, so my cowardice doesn't matter"?? And how about the fact that you also hide from those WITH names here? How does your excuse hold up now? How do you hide from your cowardice now?

Tom McLaughlin said...

If you want answers, come on my TV show. The producer and I are looking for another leftist to debate me. The invitation is open to anyone here, named or otherwise. Cowardly anonymous posters, however, would have to come out of their closets, show their faces, and be introduced by name.

Brian said...

Hypocrisy rears it's head again, this time hilariously so. Remember the Pence tweet: "I commend the FBI for reopening an investigation into Clinton's personal email server because no one is above the law."

And now we find Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues.

Lock him up! Lock him up!

You can't make this stuff up!!!

Peter said...

Conducting national security affairs out in public at Mar-a-Lago? And Trump was upset with how Hillary handled classified information?

We are reaching unequalled depths of hypocrisy with The Donald. How utterly hilarious it is to hear him, of all people, complaining about what is "fake"!!!! How about that rain stoppage, Donnie, or the electoral count? How about getting on Obama for golfing while he himself has hit the links at least 6 times in the first month! 25 hours of golfing compared to 6 hours spent in intelligence briefings!

And being mad with Obama for costing the taxpayers money with vacations! His constant trips to his elite uppity club in Florida has already cost taxpayers over 10 million! And he now whines about "anonymous sources". The same guy who claimed to have "an extremely credible" source that Obama's birth certificate was fake!

I love the ironic hypocrisy involved with his going from "The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy." in 2012 (Boy, was it ever) to now saying "The Electoral College is actually genius"! Hmmm, what caused that change of mind?

Then there is the constant talk about wanting to protect the environment! Bernie Sanders says he almost burst out laughing during Trump's speech to congress with Trump's repeating this on the very day he had just wiped out Obama’s environmental policies to reduce the amount of pollution flowing into water sources.

Words, honesty, integrity, reality, empathy, deep thought, truth - these things mean NOTHING to this man.

Peter said...

And the hypocrisy extends to Trump supporters. Do any of them that supposedly cared about "family values" bring that up now? What are the people who screamed and yelled about Obama’s use of Executive Orders saying now? Well, at least one of them tried to pass off an alternate fact in saying most all of Trumps orders were simply undoing Obama's. Ha! How would Trump supporters have acted had Obama or Hillary started cherry-picking press, and banning FOX? Oh it would be a fascist attack on free press! But biggest of all, if Obama or Hillary were caught in this scandal with so many lies about secret ties with an adversarial nation relating to interfering in our elections (and god knows what else) the shrieks for investigations would blow away the forced outcry about Bengazi tenfold.

Even the Pope felt compelled to address hypocrisy from this administration!

“It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help. If I say I am Christian, but do these things, I’m a hypocrite.”

Anonymous said...

It looks like Trump is now enjoying his "Dukakis in a tank" moment, but a little more offensive. The Donald played "army man dress-up", and it seems that real soldiers get upset when someone who received five deferments from the Vietnam war draft plays make believe like that.

Anonymous said...

Can you believe that Trump just tweeted that Kenyan agents, working for Obama, secretly invaded Trump Towers and short-sheeted his bed?

Not really, but the wacky thing is that nothing Trump now tweets would come as a surprise.

"Just shot a bad hombre on 5th avenue. Rally to celebrate this tonight!"

"Working on shutting down the Free (fake) Press. Bad people. Liars drowning out our alternate facts! Disgraceful!!"

"My hands are really big. Huge! Massive hands. Powerful."

"Went for a walk today. On the golf course. It stopped raining when I teed off and the biggest, most beautiful rainbow came to an end at my feet and followed me around."

"I am the most loved person on the planet. Nobody is loved more than me. This comes from an extremely reliable source!"

"Have put Baron to use spellchecking my tweets. I am the best! I am wonderful!!"

Anonymous said...

Trump has said many, many things that make most people go "Wow, this guy should not be president of the USA". Things about moving on married women like a bitch, and grabbing their pussy, to thoughts about dating his own daughter, to many obvious blatant lies such as crowd size, weather, and electoral votes. But this one ranks above the best of all:

"Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated"

When will his voters admit to being duped? The most stubborn will never admit they were wrong, because that takes guts.

Brian said...

OK, enough is enough! Am I the one living in alternate-land, or did Ben Carson really just say:

'There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less'


Will this administration's fans (It seems there still are the stubborn bunch) ignore this too? It can't be defended, so the plan is to ignore it?... along with all the other "move along, nothing to see here" BS?

Reckless imbeciles are trying to take control of our country!

"Ah, but he's OUR imbecile!"

Then you own it. History will have it's way with you, as it did with slaveholders, Nazi's, and the like.

Brian said...

More for you guys to ignore.....Carson went on to say that slaves were “immigrants” who “had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

Yup, just "choosing" to sail on over and get a better life for themselves!

Every time I think that this shit can't be made up (Oh, wait, it IS made's "fake news". Not to be confused with "alternate facts") it get's even MORE unbelievable!

And I can't tell if Carson is singing the praises of immigration or of slavery. Both?

If I didn't really appreciate great humor I might be crying.

Tom McLaughlin said...

Well, Brian, if you'd been in my classroom back when I taught that era of US History, you'd have learned that black Africans were not the only slaves. They were brought in because they presented certain advantages to their owners: they could not escape as easily because their black skin identified them as runaways and they didn't come speaking European languages. Neither could they talk easily to one another because often they spoke different African dialects.

Millions of white Europeans were enslaved by Arab Muslims. Acadians in the Canadian Maritimes were sold into slavery by the British. Orphans from Irish potato famines were too. Carson is probably referring to "coffin ships" carrying half-dead Irish tenant farmers who died, and whose corpses were thrown overboard en route. Cemeteries full of Irish bodies mark where these ships landed in North America because many barely survived the voyage and died when they arrived.

Working alongside black slaves in what became the USA were indentured servants, usually white, who were treated the same way black slaves were, though their terms were limited -- usually six or seven years.

Then there were immigrant factory workers and coal miners in the USA who worked longer hours than some slaves. Their wages were less than subsistence levels to keep body and soul together. Their life expectancy was usually shorter than black slaves because their diets and living conditions were not as good, and no doctor was called when they got sick because they were expendable. There was always another ship coming in full of poor immigrants to replace them. Slaves, however, represented an investment. If they got sick, their owners would pay for medical care to protect that investment. They were less easily replaced.

Though this is not politically-correct history, it is nonetheless true. One black parent complained to my school board that I was teaching these things to her children and they ordered me to be investigated. I was exonerated because my material could not be refuted.

Your ignorance of such matters may be excused because of the state of what passes for education at nearly all levels here in the 21st century America.

Brian said...

I don't see why you bring up white slaves. What does it matter? Does it change the idiocy of saying that slaves were immigrants looking for a better life?

It is as stupid as dopey Devos describing historically black colleges and universities — founded because black students were not allowed to attend segregated white schools — as “real pioneers” of school choice.

Way to pick 'em, Trump.

Anonymous said...

What's next, Jews were "real pioneers" of summer camps, where they went with dreams of making better lives for themselves?