Taxpayers To Fund Trump’s Global Alt-Right Propaganda Network

 

Of all the things Donald Trump hates about America and particularly the U.S. Constitution, besides a robust system of checks and balances to prevent him becoming emperor he despises freedom of the press. The aspiring tyrant has made little secret that he would imprison any journalist who failed to report on the greatness of Donald Trump or that the entire world didn’t support him; if not for that pesky First Amendment. Trump has stated often that the only news Americans will ever need are whatever lies come out of his mouth or through his Twitter feed. Absolutely anything else, according to Trump, is “fake news.

In an attempt to expand his reach in excess of social media, and to seize control of a large sector of the media, Trump made two moves this week that would impress Adolf Hitler’s Reich Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels (sod off Godwin). The despicable actions are in preparation for a taxpayer-funded Trump propaganda network that will have worldwide coverage as the official alt-right news outlet of the United States of America as presented by the Trump.

First, when Trump provided waivers for his senior staff giving them permission to disregard ethical conflict of interest laws, he made sure Brietbart chief Steve Bannon has free rein to run the alt-right conspiracy site from his White House position funded by taxpayers. As noted In the Washington Post, The waiver gives Bannon “permission to communicate with Breitbart News, the conservative website he used to run.” What the authority to violate ethics and conflict of interest rules really does is give Bannon unchallenged authority to “run a pro-Trump propaganda outlet with a sordid history of white supremacist content, while working in his taxpayer-financed White House position.

It is no surprise that Breitbart championed Trump; there were rumors from Breitbart employees that Trump was paying the alt-right news site to do his campaigning. Breibart is a perfect fit for Trump because Bannon boasted regularly that the conspiracy site was “the platform for the alt-right;” the misogynist, white supremacist, anti-immigration movement that is now a dominant force within the conservative movement and running Trump’s administration.

To accompany Bannon’s new authority to use Brietbart as the official White House domestic media outlet, or use his White House position to set the editorial direction of his and Trump’s alt-right perspective via Brietbart, Trump is preparing to install a Bannon devotee as the CEO of the “taxpayer-funded Broadcasting Board of Governors.” Although that position may seem like just a title and a thank-you gift appointment to Bannon, it is a position with worldwide reach and the implications that it will be Trump’s personal alt-right (Nazi) propaganda network are as certain as the knowledge that the Sun will rise in the East.

The position of CEO of Broadcasting Board of Governors has purview over “the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, and the Middle East Broadcast Network. Those taxpayer-funded networks combined reach over 278 million people around the world and broadcast to 100 different countries in 61 languages.” Now those millions in 100 different countries will experience the world as told by “the voice of Trump;” and it will be regarded as officially the voice of the America.

As one might expect from a government operation, previous CEOs of the Broadcasting Board of Governors had well-founded experience as journalists and with the media; they certainly were not partisan political activists or alt-right fascists.  For example, John Lansing, the current BBG CEO was the president of Scripps Networks and prior to him Andy Lack, the current president of NBC News held the CEO position. Now a Steve Bannon zealot will lead the BBG and if any American thought there was a built in protection against partisanship in taxpayer-funded media, they are going to be disappointed.

As Oliver Willis noted, “In the past the [CEO] position was walled off from directly controlling the output of the network by a bipartisan board. But Republicans in Congress disbanded the board in a provision tucked into the Defense Authorization Act that passed in December.”

One anonymous senior government official fretted to Politico that, “The White House could theoretically use the BBG for any kind of messaging” and there is no doubt in most people’s minds that Trump and Bannon will use the BBG for the same “mendacious messaging” as that seen daily in Trump’s tweets. Another Republican official told Politico a few months ago that “There’s some fear among the folks here that the firewall will get diminished and attacked and fall victim to propaganda.” Apparently that “Republican official” failed to see that his congressional Republicans decimated that firewall in December, possibly to make it easier for Trump’s worldwide propaganda network to operate unimpeded.

To get an idea of the type of person Trump wants spreading his lies and propaganda around the world, besides being a Bannon-Breitbart disciple, Michael Pack has no journalism experience; save being a worshipper of Steve Bannon and Breitbart. Pack is currently the president and CEO of the Claremont Institute, an organization the Chronicle of Higher Education described as the “academic home of Trumpism.” As an aside, use of the words academic and any variant of Trump in the same sentence is the definition of an oxymoron.

Under Pack’s leadership, Claremont Institute has been a staunch supporter of Rush Limbaugh’s misogynistic and racist radio show and has been instrumental in keeping it on air via expensive ads sponsoring his program, his racism and his misogyny. In fact, Claremont under Pack’s leadership gave Limbaugh its Winston Churchill Statesmanship Award, and now its CEO will be running the BBG as CEO to spread Trump’s alt-right racism and bigotry around the world; paid for with taxpayer dollars.

During the campaign Trump threatened to start his own media empire, but that was prior to being installed in the White House by the Russians and emoprogs. Now that he has taxpayer money at his disposal, he is starting his own media and news network to spread alt-right propaganda around the world as the official voice of America.

Journalists and Protestors Mourn the Death of the Constitution

It is getting to the point that any American who believes they have rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution had better come to grips with the tragic fact that Donald Trump’s election victory put their constitutionally protected personal freedoms at risk. It is beyond refute that as part of the conservative movement, Republicans have demonstrated time and again that they despise any part of the Constitution that ensures American citizens certain “unalienable rights,” and chief among those most hated by the party’s standard bearer Trump are a free press and the people’s right to peaceably protest.

No-one conscious should be surprised that Trump spent the entirety of the presidential campaign demeaning the press and peaceable protests; he idolizes and heaps praise on the worst and most authoritarian tyrants on the planet. It is hard to determine if Trump hates protestors more than journalists, but he has had little reservation calling for both protestors’ and journalists’ arrests and imprisonment for doing what American citizens believe is their Constitutional right; gather peaceably and do the job they’re paid to do. A bevy of Republican states have legislation pending to criminalize the former and journalists can expect a similar fate if Trump gets his way. This is the new America – Trump’s America – and the way Trump intends to make it great.

The reason these two rights are becoming extinct is because on two occasions within a week a journalist was attacked by a Republican politician and then rewarded with a seat in the House of Representatives, and a gang of foreign thugs attacked and injured peaceable protestors and were rewarded with no arrests. This is the new America – this is Trump’s America –  and it’s the kind of America Trump and his acolytes consider great.

The big story late in the week was a Republican House candidate physically assaulting a reporter for the Guardian without being arrested on the spot; because the county sheriff was a contributor to the bully’s candidacy. One can surmise that the sheriff also contributed to Trump’s campaign. And, like Trump, the Montana Republican lied through his teeth that a reporter attacked him first prompting a “self-defense” claim by the man who said he was “sick of this [journalist’s questions]” as he punched the reporter.

The incident was witnessed and reported on as a completely valid story by a team from Fox News who were “stunned” at the assault on a reporter. It may be one of the only times the GOP’s official party network was not reporting “fake news.” And in what is becoming a troubling trend,  like five of Trump’s lying cabinet appointees who committed perjury under oath before the Senate, Montana’s Republican voters rewarded the candidate with an election victory; likely to send a message to Trump to keep up the good work demonizing the media.

There was another bunch of “brutal attacks” last week, but this time it was peaceful protestors who were assaulted, punched, kicked, choked, and slammed to the ground by a foreign authoritarian’s henchmen; all while American police officers stood by observing American citizens being criminally assaulted by a gang of foreigners – some of them carrying firearms. This too is the new America, Trump’s America, and it’s what Trump meant when he promised to “make America great again;” even though for 238 years journalists and peaceful protestors were protected under the Constitution’s First Amendment.

The New York Times displayed and analyzed a multitude of videos and photographs of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail and Turkish police viciously attacking American citizens for exercising their constitutional right to protest. What the videos and images show are 24 agents of a foreign government who outnumbered protestors two to one leaving their official vehicles to charge into a group of American citizens and attack them; likely what they do as a matter of course in Turkey.

It is plain to see, as the NYT notes, the video and still images leave little doubt that the foreign head of state’s “security guards” attacked peaceful protestors in clear view of the police; not one of the foreigners was charged with a crime. And, there is no doubt the foreign thugs attacking Americans were “members of the [Turkish] president’s security detail and Turkish policeaccording to Turkey’s state-owned news wire, Anadolu Agency; the videos the NYT analyzed were provided by the Turkish news agency people who filmed the assaults.

The incident start when three men left their official vehicles and charged at the protesters. One man knocked two women protestors to the ground, and another man repeatedly punched Lucy Usoyan, a protester, as she lay on the ground. One of the attackers actually acknowledged that he participating in kicking one woman thrown to the ground because,  “I wasn’t paying attention. I thought it was a man. I would never kick a woman.” One of the attacker’s accomplices said that by joining three other men in kicking the woman on the ground, the attacker was just defending himself from female protester he said was a “terrorist.” Interestingly, one Republican has proposed legislation equating peaceable protestors to terrorists; a “slightly” watered-down bill is still in committee.

But regardless the Turkish men’s mendacious remarks and pathetically false excuses of combating terrorists, the man did kick an American woman exercising her constitutional right; his excuse that he “thought it was a man” doesn’t justify his actions no matter that the police and Turkey’s president watched as the thugs attacked American citizens.

One of the Turkish guards grabbed and choked 26 year old Ceren Borazan prior to throwing her on the ground. The foreign agent slammed the American citizen, a young woman, to the ground for exercising her Constitutional right to protest as he was saying “You are dead.” Ms. Borazan told New York Times that, “I felt so awful. As a woman, as an American. Right now I don’t even feel safe here.”

Another woman who was thrown to the ground and kicked repeatedly by several men sustained a concussion leading a doctor to authorize six weeks off from work to recover. The woman said  “I’m glad I’m alive.”

Although the State Department allegedly condemned the episode, and some American lawmakers have called for the foreign agents to be prosecuted, it is likely they will never experience even a minute in the American criminal justice system; this is the new America – this is Trump’s America – and it is what Trump meant when he pledged to make America great again. Great like Nazi Germany, Turkey, the Philippines, Egypt and Russia; all 21st Century nations where journalists and protestors have no Constitution go protect their “unalienable rights” as human beings.