Suddenly the News Gatekeepers ARE the News

The powers that be are running scared the closer that Donald Trump gets to returning to the White House. My new column at Real Clear Politics shows that for the last two weeks, the liberal media and global elites have been on defense!


The jig is up, as the bad guys used to say in the movies.

When Rachel Maddow told her MSNBC audience on the night of the Iowa Republican caucuses that she would not be showing the victory speech by decisive winner Donald Trump, I started writing this column in my head.

What arrogance, I thought. Whether MSNBC likes Trump or not, if they claim to be journalists, they can’t refuse to air obviously newsworthy events merely because it makes them unhappy. That’s not how actual journalists even think. But of course, that’s exactly what they have been doing for two decades, and CNN right alongside them. They have been the self-appointed “Gatekeepers” of news and information for their millions of viewers.

Maddow claimed that her network’s decision was not out of spite, but instead was the network not wanting to be broadcasting “untrue things” that Trump might say (and remember, he hadn’t said anything yet). But the Gatekeepers are only concerned about protecting the public from certain kinds of viewpoints. You know, the views of Republicans. They freely allow misstatements by Democrats to go unchallenged.

One blatant example occurred on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Jan. 21 when Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas said in 2020, “You had the president telling the country to inject itself with bleach to fight COVID.” Wrong! Absurd and defamatory! But the Gatekeepers allowed it to air unchallenged.

On the same program, host Dana Bash twice ruled Trump’s questioning of Nikki Haley’s constitutional eligibility to run for president to be out of bounds.

“He suggested she is ineligible to be president, even though she is. She was born in your home state of South Carolina,” she told Sen. Tim Scott, but neglected to mention that both of Haley’s immigrant parents were not citizens yet.

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That “suggests” that Bash doesn’t know the difference between “native born” and “natural born,” – or that Constitutional scholars debate as to why that might (or might not) be significant – and isn’t interested in learning about it. If the Framers had wanted to say that the president must be born in the United States, they could have done so by saying it directly. Instead, they said only a “natural born” citizen was eligible to be president. A few minutes’ research on the Internet will confirm that the phrase “natural born” carried a very distinct meaning when the Constitution was written – namely, someone who was born within a nation after their parents were already citizens. No court has ever resolved the meaning of the phrase as used in the Constitution, but CNN doesn’t want you to know about this debate when it can instead simply dismiss Trump as a racist or a xenophobe.

Likewise, that same morning, Kristen Welker on “Meet the Press” said Trump is “spreading false birther conspiracy theories about whether she’s eligible to run, and of course she is.” The AP put out a fact checkthat said Haley is a natural born citizen because she is a natural born citizen. No, literally. But what none of those reports by the Gatekeepers did was actually look at the Constitution or the arguments made about why Haley is not a “natural born citizen.”

This is all based on the Fake News template that turned Trump into a criminal because he dared to question the election results in 2020. It didn’t matter how much evidence there was of election interference and unconstitutional changes in election rules in individual states. The Gatekeepers just declared claims of election fraud “the Big Lie” and almost proudly vowed never to look at the evidence. By shaming Trump and millions of others for questioning the election, they actually made it more likely that cheating will happen in future elections. After all, election challenges are now “anti-democracy” scams.

When Fox News settled a lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems for three-quarters of a billion dollars, the other major media scolded Fox for having dared to question Dominion’s legitimacy and ran the story for days as a warning to others, “Stay behind the gate! Electronic voting is inviolate – because we say so.”

And the Gatekeepers are still trying desperately to hold on to power. That’s why virtually no one in the mainstream media reported on the lawsuit in Georgia where a professor of computer science was able to change the vote tally on a Dominion voting machine with the use of a simple household pen. If the Georgia secretary of state loses that lawsuit, then no one should be able to utter the phrase the Big Lie again unless they are referring to the assurances of the mainstream media that the 2020 election was the most secure in history.

Of course, the thorough trouncing of Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley by former President Trump indicates that a large swath of Americans have already turned their back on the Gatekeepers. They gravitate toward Trump specifically because he rejects the Gatekeepers – and the Gatekeepers have noticed. There is even evidence that they know they have gone too far – that you can’t label half the population of the country as an anti-democracy, pro-authoritarian cult without eventually facing a backlash.

Thus at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the unofficial capital of the global elites, there was a warning shot fired against the Gatekeepers by one of their own. Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, told CNBC that Democrats and President Joe Biden ought to be “more respectful” of Trump supporters (otherwise known as MAGA voters because of Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again”).

“I wish the Democrats would think a little more carefully when they talk about MAGA … I think this negative talk about MAGA is going to hurt Biden’s election campaign,” Dimon told the progressive swells in Davos.

Dimon did what most of the Gatekeepers refuse to do. He gave the MAGA voters credit for understanding policies and voting for Trump because they agree with his results, not because they are members of a cult.

“Take a step back, be honest. He was kind of right about NATO, kind of right on immigration. He grew the economy quite well. Trade tax reform worked. He was right about some of China,” Dimon said. “He wasn’t wrong about some of these critical issues, and that’s why they voted for him.”

Hallelujah, but don’t expect either Biden or his allies in the media to take a step back and reassess their hostile, insulting approach to Trump voters. The Gatekeepers see everyone who voted for Trump as the barbarians at the gate, and they will do anything to crush them.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Just turn on “Morning Joe” any weekday from 6 to 10 a.m. Eastern Time and watch Joe Scarborough distort reality in a rear-guard action to protect the nation from a second Trump presidency. According to Scarborough, Trump desperately wants the economy to crash. According to Scarborough, Trump wants the border to stay open because it’s good politics. According to Scarborough, Trump wants to shoot his enemies on the street. And just in case you thought Joe might be making all this up, there is a panel of like-thinking leftists on the MSNBC set nodding their heads in unison and assuring Joe he’s quite the savant.

But he isn’t. He is a Deep State apparatchik who is the poster boy for the Gatekeepers. He will say anything to protect the nation from Donald Trump because he knows that Trump speaks for millions of people who are sick and tired of being told that their values, their principles, their patriotism are a danger to the country. Yes, Scarborough goes after Trump directly, but he also attacks Trump voters, as he did on Jan. 25. “If you take a step back, just looking at this politically, I just am baffled by just how stupid – baffled, baffled every day by how stupid Republicans are,” Scarborough said.

This “say-anything, fact-check-nothing” approach to bashing Trump may be the Gatekeepers’ worst nightmare as the 2024 election approaches. Because it will inflame the MAGA base to rise up and vote in record numbers to protect Trump from the attacks against him. The latest fake report is that Trump is trying to stop the toughest border security bill in history, but what “Morning Joe” and the Democrats won’t tell you is that there is no bill. The text of the supposed bill was never released during this tumult of criticism. We were just supposed to believe the Gatekeepers and shut up about it.

In conclusion, let’s turn again to Davos, where Emma Tucker, editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal, told a panel at the World Economic Forum that the people are too sophisticated in the 21st century to just accept at face value hollow accusations such as those tossed around by Scarborough.

“If you go back really not that long ago, as I say, we owned the news. We were the gatekeepers, and we very much owned the facts as well,” Tucker said. “If it said it in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, then that was a fact. Nowadays, people can go to all sorts of different sources for the news, and they’re much more questioning about what we’re saying.”

That, of course, is a good thing. It’s too bad the global elites and their Gatekeepers don’t understand that.

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2 Replies to “Suddenly the News Gatekeepers ARE the News”

  1. I was somewhat abated by your assurance that Nikki Haley doesn’t qualify to be president because according to your textual interpretation of the US Constitution she would be classified as a Native born Citizen.
    It’s true that they are still ambiguities in the term – natural born citizen – as used in the US Constitution. No much help can be given from either the Constitutional Convention, or from writings of the framers. Most discussion appear to imply that the expression is orphan in that their is no manner in which to resolve this ambiguity with at least some sense of direction.
    I disagree. as I was myself a person who acquired citizenship by birth and was persuaded this made me a Natural Born Citizen, i was surprised by the idea I would rather a Native Born Citizen. interestingly the expression native Born was rather used to exclude certain populations such as Native Indians from becoming Indians.
    Am I coming to the defense of candidate Haley, well when you say she is not eligible, yes I come to her defense. does it mean i would vote for her, support her, consider her, espouse her vision…absolutely not.
    as you know much of early US Law finds its roots with crucial deviations in some principals from British law. prior to Being a Country, the States were in fact British Colonies, and this is why it is interesting to consult British granting of citizenship to a proximate colony to the US Colonies, Canada.
    Early on, as colonies had for Sovereign the British Monarch, the “people. are referred to as subject, and it is not until 1941 that Britain switched the word Subject to citizen in naturalization laws of their dominion.
    Kibata Y. Rieko Karatani, Defining British Citizenship. Empire, Commonwealth and Modern Britain, London/Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 2003, pp. xviii; Japanese Journal of Political Science. 2004;5(1):220-222. doi:10.1017/S146810990424138X
    “British nationality law applied to the North American colonies, as was the case elsewhere in the British Empire. Residents of these colonies and all other imperial citizens were British subjects; any person born in British North America, the United Kingdom, or anywhere else within Crown dominions was a natural-born British subject”.
    Further, an interesting analysis follows Blackstones few considerations of the expression Natural born subjects in the following blog;
    Natural Born Citizen: The Original Intent
    By: Dave Benner|Published on: Jan 19, 2016
    vattl, most often cited by restrictive participants to the discussion said in 1790; “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.”But this is ambiguous at beast, as he equals natives with natural born…
    For Blackstone; ““Natural-born subjects are such as are born within the dominions of the crown of England, that is, within the ligeance, or as it is generally called, the allegiance of the king; and aliens, such as are born out of it.” and ; ““The children of aliens, born here in England, are, generally speaking, natural-born subjects, and entitled to all the privileges of such. In which the constitution of France differs from ours; for there, by their jus albinatus, if a child be born of foreign parents, it is an alien.”.
    Interestingly, while most scholars appear that the expression natural born citizen doesn’t appear anywhere else in relevant text close to the ratifying of the Constitution, the expression is used in the naturalization act of 1790 signed into law by George Washington: “And the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond Sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born Citizens: Provided, that the right of citizenship shall not descend to persons whose fathers have never been resident in the United States: Provided also, that no person heretofore proscribed by any States, shall be admitted a citizen as aforesaid, except by an Act of the Legislature of the State in which such person was proscribed. ”
    The mos important lineage for the framers apparently was that to be naturalized one had to be Free white person of Good Character. Good character excluded a slew of ethnicity, and white behind understood as christian excluded Muslims… But the Laws have evolved to be inclusive 1870 of Native Africans or of African decent, further down the road, of other groups such as native Indians and other marginalized residents.
    With the effect that is Nikki Haley’s parents were legally within the United States territory at the time of her birth she is a natural Born citizen and can access the Presidency if you decide to vote for her, naturally.
    The basis of the reflection I believe would be 2 types of sovereignty, one set in the persons, in this case the parents bare US Sovereignty by their citizenship, the other being the sovereign Territories of the United States, both providing a conduit to becoming a Natural Born Citizen of the Free United States of America where everyone is Equal Under the Law.

    1. You did some great research! Of course the complaint in my column is that the Gatekeepers don’t do that research or just ignore it. As I point out, no court has ruled on the eligibility issue, so it is mainly a point of philosophical discussion for now. I appreciate your interest in following the facts.

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