Trump administration and media misdirection

The Trump propaganda mill has remained in full swing despite the election already having happened. Nothing is more demonstrable of this than cable news’ “coverage” of Trump’s so-called deals with Carrier Corp., Ford, SoftBank and a few other large companies. It was utterly inadequate and failed entirely to demonstrate how Trump and his proxies deceived and lied to the American people regarding the details of the deals, i.e. that they were more or less payoffs/subsidies (meaning decreased allocative efficiency) and did not result in nearly as many “jobs saved” as Trump and his team claimed (and in the case of SoftBank was enabled by funds from Saudi Arabia, a country Trump is supposedly intent on punishing). [1] A few major mainstream print outlets did dissect and pull apart each deal, but a message isn’t transmitted to the vast majority of the country unless it’s reiterated constantly on mainstream cable news and social media – it must be a drumbeat.

The next act in the theater was “pissgate,” which demonstrated again (remember pizzagate?) the sheer gullibility of the alt-right after the vast majority of them embraced a version of events whereby 4chan originated the “intelligence” memos as an elaborate hoax based on the claims of a person who declared after the fact to have written the memos and photos/screencaps of completely fabricated excerpts from the document (apparently none of them thought to actually read the document just to be sure esoteric 4chan references were actually present in the document). Of course many labeled pissgate a sophisticated intelligence/deep state-backed black bag hit job on Trump, but this clearly wasn’t the case. Firstly, the scandal blew over fairly quickly – real deep state influence in the media takes the form of narratives that are drummed into the American people over the course of years (such as Trump being a “political outsider”), not one-off scandals that have no long-run effect on the rate of support for a given politician. If someone really wanted to blow the lid of a scandal that would put Trump in the ground they would get in touch with Les Wexner, who likely has Trump having sex with underage girls on tape.

Secondly, the memos originated from two private intelligence/opposition research firms – one an American firm which originally conducted the research and the second a British firm hired by the first firm to write up a plausible sounding narrative about Trump’s relationship with Russia largely using facts that could be summarized by anyone who regularly follows current events. Neither one of the companies appears to have deep state connections (Orbis, the British firm, was co-founded by a retired MI6 agent who had a long but ultimately unexceptional career). The only major unique fact presented in the memos was the “golden showers” bit, which was clearly the main piece of information the memos intended to transmit. Personally, I think the golden showers allegation is likely mostly true – firstly, it fits Trump’s pattern of previous sexual behavior (and if Trump himself wasn’t involved in the behavior what would germophobia have to do with it?) and secondly, nothing else in the memo seems to have been an outright fabrication or fiction – so why should golden showers be, especially given the fact that it was clearly the selling point of the memo?

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Pictured above: 4chan’s insane unfounded rendition of pissgate events (photo credit: NY Post)

As for other contents of the document, such as Russia’s cultivation of Trump as a potential intelligence asset, they are somewhat believable as well given Trump’s long history and established ties with the Russian-Jewish mafia and other Eastern European interests through people like Felix Sater, Mikhail Fridman, Sam Kislin, etc. [2] It’s not entirely implausible that Russian intelligence may have had their eye on Trump long before his 2016 run given his previous bouts in politics (Obama birth certificate, potential presidential and governorship candidacies, etc.). Despite this, the media narrative that Trump is more or less a Russian plant and that Russia swayed the election is false. The supposed evidence of Russian hacking into DNC servers is weak and inconclusive – Cyrillic text files, known Russian or Ukrainian cryptographic keys, etc. could very easily have been planted in the server logs by someone who knew what they were doing. And, if this truly were the work of sophisticated hackers deployed or hired by Russia, the NSA would surely be able to provide evidence and detailed analysis of the exfiltration and how the stolen data was routed and be able to present it in a roundabout way without compromising their own methods. Some have speculated that the Russian hacking narrative is being spun to escalate war with Russia, but I think it has rather been a way of covering up insider leaks, which if exposed would undermine Trump’s status as an outsider.

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From left to right: Trump, Tevfik Arif and Felix Sater (photo credit: WaPo)

As is typical with every administration, there are key handlers placed in unassuming, low profile positions throughout the administration there to ensure that the global elites’ and military-defense establishment’s agendas are upheld and to make sure the president and his inner circle don’t buck the establishment on important issues – Trump will require careful handling in regards to foreign policy and trade/commerce, two issues which he, at least on the surface, appears to diverge from the establishment on (however, Trump is fully on board with the establishment as it relates to domestic policy, surveillance, police state, internet regulation, assertion of American dominance, etc.). Neoconservative CNP member and former UN ambassador John Bolton will likely become the Deputy Secretary of State (who is typically hands-on and behind the scenes as opposed to the secretary) , following in the footsteps of a long line of foreign policy handlers – Warren Christopher, Strobe Talbott, and Richard Armitage among others. CFR president Richard Haass is the backup if Bolton is blocked in confirmation hearings. K.T. McFarland is deputy national security advisor and is clearly in a position to handle sensitive issues that the incompetent Michael Flynn is unfit to. She was a former Kissinger NSC staffer and protege of Reagan defense secretary and Bechtel counsel Caspar Weinberger of Iran-Contra and SDI fame (in many ways Trump and his administration is a rebirth of New Right-CNP-John Birch-Reaganite neoconservatism in both ideology and personnel).

Of course, this isn’t to say that there aren’t establishment mainstays in high profile cabinet positions either. Wilbur Ross, former senior managing director Rothschild Inc. who, with Carl Icahn, engineered a deal whereby Trump was able to maintain control of his Atlantic City casinos after they were foreclosed upon, is now secretary of commerce. I should note that this is a fitting position for someone who has been highly involved in technology transfers to China and Russia. Bonesman, political paymaster and long-time Goldman Sachs partner Steve Mnuchin will be secretary of the treasury. Mnuchin, like Ross, has been involved in business dealings with Trump – his firm Dune Capital invested heavily in Trump hotels in Chicago and Hawaii. Interestingly enough, George Soros (a one-time business partner of Mnuchin’s) was also part of a consortium of investors into the Trump tower in Chicago that after completion of the tower effectively forgave Trump hundreds of millions in interest payments by allowing Trump to purchase the remaining portion of the loan at a drastically reduced price. [3, 4]

It’ll certainly be interesting to observe the administration’s maneuverings from this point on.

Endnotes:

[1] The big money behind Trump’s tech deal is from Saudi Arabia

http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/07/technology/softbank-trump-saudi-arabia-fund/

[2] Trump; Clinton; Jewish Mafia; CIA sex rings

http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2016/05/trump-clinton-jewish-mafia-cia-sex-rings.html

[3] Big names back Trump tower

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2004-10-28/news/0410280265_1_donald-trump-soros-fund-management-blackacre-institutional-capital-management

[4] Did George Soros forgive Trump of a $312 million debt?

http://wearechange.org/george-soros-forgive-trump-312-million-debt/

 

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