Trump Attacking The Media Is Not A New Trick, It's An Old Trick

The French Elections only concluded in May of last year, with Macron securing a decisive victory over Marine Le Pen. It was assumed by some that 2017 would be the year in which Le Pen would finally put up a real fight.

And Le Pen was helped by the same Putin bots who drove Trump's win. Even America's NSA warned the French that Russian hackers were attempting to disrupt the political process the same way they had done in the United States a year prior.

But the French stayed firm and helped Macron win resoundingly. Why ?

French journalist Johan Hufnagel put it simply ...
We don’t have a Fox News in France.
Fox in the US is the Trump Network, and it's viewer base is driven not just by that fact - but by Trump's constant Demonisation of all other Media.

A new idea ? No. This has been a Republican Policy for decades.

1984 - Ultra-Conservative Radio Host Rush Limbaugh attacked the media for its 'liberal bias' and discouraged viewers from taking it seriously.  Radio Host Sean Hannity copied him. And before that ...

1969 - Vice-President Spiro Agnew attacked members of the media in an infamous speech, casting them as "unelected elites" and attacking their coverage of President Nixon.

Agnew’s primary focus was to delegitimize the media in order to counter the allegations (later proven) of corruption that encircled Nixon’s presidency.

It didn't work. And before that ...

1954 - Senator Joseph McCarthy referred to Ed Murrow and other journalists who were covering him as the “jackal pack” in an attempt to cast them as overzealous and biased sycophants who were also "possibly Communist sympathizers."

That didn't work either.

Both McCarthy and Agnew ended up eating their words. McCarthy was eventually censured by his own colleagues and Agnew resigned in disgrace as Vice-President due to mounting allegations of tax fraud and bribery to which he eventually pleaded “no contest”.

Writer Kevin Williamson (actually a Conservative) ...

For conservatives, hating the media is a reflex, and sometimes a funny one.

Speaking on his ‘Morning Minute,’ Sean Hannity once read breathlessly from an Associated Press report on a federal surveillance program, ending with the instinctual harrumph: ‘The mainstream media won’t tell you about that!’

There is no media more mainstream than the Associated Press, which is a nonprofit cooperative owned by its member newspapers, television networks, and radio stations. Its reports appear in practically every daily newspaper in the United States, and big scoops like the one that caught Hannity’s eye routinely lead front pages from sea to shining sea.

The Associated Press has some bias and competency problems and, like any organization that does any substantive reporting, it makes errors.

But it does not, for the most part, traffic in fiction