Millennials…you don’t remember, but there was a time when the nightly news was a time to sit down at the end of the day with a beer and get informed and comforted by fatherly types like Walter Cronkite and Tom Brokaw, news anchors who would give us a calming perspective on the news, and a reassurance that despite whatever chaos, things would be okay.
Now you have CNN as the leading television news source, a place where the anchor news readers not only look mean, their jobs seem to be glaring at us while spreading fear and ridicule and chaos and uncertainty, mostly about Trump. The other major networks, NBC, CBS, and ABC have nicer looking newsreaders, but their news lineup is much the same, reporting on chaos and fear without giving us any news of people’s achievements or a sense that things will be okay.
That’s because the major news networks were restructured during the Obama years by Chicago people around the Commander in Chief, who were all devotees of Saul Alinsky, the original community organizer, Obama’s idol, and the person who wrote “Rules for Radicals,” who said: “The despair is there; now it’s up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize them for radical social change.”
That pretty much sums up CNN and the other major network news, except for the radical social change, unless that means creating more anxiety in people.
Barack always said his greatest love besides giving speeches was community organizing, which is much friendlier sounding than stirring up doubt and chaos.
CNN became the dominant news channel during the Obama years, and it is his administration that molded CNN in its current Alinsky news form.
When the community organizer was President, his people would seamlessly feed news to CNN and the major outlets, as during the campaign demonizing white police attacking black kids. But no one questioned how all the networks all had the same film footage every night with each new police incident; they were too galvanized with fear.
Even before Obama left office, there was an open door between the White House and the CNN studios. David Axelrod, Obama’s Senior Advisor and chief spin doctor, who became a Senior Political Commentator on CNN before the election, sewing seeds of doubt about the Republican candidates and praising Hillary. When Trump surprisingly won, he jumped right in rubbing raw the sores of discontent about The Donald. Then there is Van Jones, the African American who was named President Obama’s first Special Advisor for Green Jobs before he had to step down when it was learned he was a Marxist radical in his younger days. Now he is a CNN commentator often deciding who is racist and who is not.
Alinsky also said in organizing against an enemy – in Alinsky’s day it was jowly Chicago boss Richard J. Daley – that to galvanize support (Rule No. 12), “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.“ Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.
Did someone say Donald Trump?
What CNN really wants, as has become obvious, is Trump’s head. They have been relentless, first putting all their firepower behind the “Russian Collusion” expose, which Axelrod said one night “should be a warning flare going up over Washington,” implying that he and the Russians worked together to rig the election and he should be removed. There were brief stopovers branding Trump as a racist, supporting white supremacists in Richmond, his psychological instability “rant tweets”, and having psychiatrists evaluate his qualifications to lead the country.
No matter that after a year of hysterical reporting we found out that it was Obama people inside the FBI who were trying to undermine Trump and help Hillary, not the Russians helping Trump. But there was no time for CNN or the other major networks, besides Fox, to look closer at a story that looked more serious than Watergate – politicizing the FBI to help an Obama candidate and hurt the opposition – there was still Trump to destroy, more Republican sores of discontent to sew.
Now we have the “sexual harassment” campaign, which has evolved into a white male Republican witch hunt. CNN is now the main driver and gotten the demonizing hunt all the way into the White House, having unlocked the divorce papers of Trump aide Rob Porter, who soon had to resign in shame. As Saul said, (Rule No. 5) ““Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.“ There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.”
It’s interesting to note that when Barack Obama was an unknown state senator in Illinois wanting to run for U.S. Senate, he was behind in the polls when his campaign manager Axelrod, a former Chicago Tribune reporter, convinced his pals at the Tribune to push for the unsealing of the divorce papers of Barack’s his main rival, who was well ahead in the polls.
Two weeks before the Democratic primary, the rival opened the papers and the Tribune ran the headline ‘Hull’s ex-wife called him violent man in divorce file,” and Barack’s rival dropped from the polls like stepping off the Sears Tower and Barack sailed to victory. Then the Tribune had its subsidiary Los Angeles Times push for opening the divorce files of his Republican rival, who had divorced in Los Angeles. The headlines in the Tribune read: “Ryan file a bombshell.” The rest is history.
Alinsky also said (Rule No. 8) “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.“ Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.” He also said winning is everything, the rules of fairness be damned.
CNN has been non-stop in its pursuit of The Donald, hitting him at every turn with accusations of racism, sexism, his mental stability, all under the guise of responsible journalism.
No, it’s Alinsky journalism. And to understand where Saul was coming from, he dedicated his book to Lucifer, “the first radical known to man, who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom.”