Go back through the archives of this website to the first outlining of Donald Trump’s run for the White House and you’ll find a quote from us predicting Trump’s biggest weapon for victory being his broad-base of support(ers), us.
Put another way, if you are in opposition to now President-Elect Trump, the target for your approach is to conquer by dividing that base of support(ers).
Enter the Alinsky professional model with Trump’s visit and today’s New York Times headline: “Donald Trump Seems to Retreat on Some Promises“.
“Seems to“? That sounds awfully familiar to Jake Tapper’s: “may have“
This inferential approach to news is not uncommon, we find it whenever the media are working earnestly to create the “appearance of” something.
This approach is also how the professional left has historically divided their opposition into smaller, more easily dispatched, entities. Divide and conquer.
(Via New York Times) President-elect Donald J. Trump retreated on Tuesday from some of his most extreme campaign promises, dropping his vow to jail Hillary Clinton, expressing doubt about the value of torturing terrorism suspects and pledging to have an open mind about climate change.
But in a wide-ranging, hourlong interview with reporters and editors at The New York Times — which was scheduled, canceled and then reinstated after a dispute over the ground rules — Mr. Trump was fiercely unapologetic about repeatedly flouting the traditional ethical and political conventions that have long shaped the American presidency.
He said he had no obligation to establish boundaries between his business empire and his White House, conceding that the Trump brand “is certainly a hotter brand than it was before.” He defended Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, against charges of racism, calling him a “decent guy.” And he savaged Republicans who had failed to support him in his unorthodox White House bid.
The interview demonstrated Mr. Trump’s apparent eagerness to please his audience and his tendency to speak in generalities, even as he was pressed to elaborate on policy positions that propelled him to a convincing and surprising victory over Mrs. Clinton two weeks ago.
After stoking cries of “Lock her up!” at campaign rallies by vowing to prosecute Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump expressed empathy toward his former rival. He said he has no interest in pressing for Mrs. Clinton’s prosecution over her use of a private email server or for financial acts committed by the Clinton Foundation. (read more)
If the larger U.S. electorate are going to fall for the tricks of the professional left, and allow themselves to react and be divided by this simple MSM strategy, the Trump tenure is going to be that much more challenging.
Then again, the need to work around the bias filter of the MSM is entirely the reason why Donald Trump is assembling the framework of his own direct communication vehicles.
Additionally from the current NYT article:
[…] [Trump] also defended Breitbart, the news site Mr. Bannon founded, which has carried racist and anti-Semitic content, saying it was no different than The Times, only “much more conservative.” (link)
One would think the New York Times could at least get the founder of the Breitbart News site correct.
….One would think.