DONALD Trump won his second presidential election by a landslide. This is the most important fact in the world right now. But you could be forgiven for not knowing it because it is being reported almost nowhere. It’s even being ignored by most of those commentators you thought could be relied on to tell it like it is without fear or favour. (At this point I could, but won’t, name and shame pretty much every conservative commentator in British journalism.)
To find out what has really been going on since the election was stolen by Joe Biden you have to pick your sources carefully. Epoch Times has been doing a particularly thorough job of reporting the latest developments; so has Steve Bannon’s radio show War Room; there are various Twitter names well worth following, such as the leading lawyers on the Trump side of the argument Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and Rudy Giuliani, as well as independent reporters like @kylenabecker, and clued-up Trump fans like @rattlergator.
How can I be so sure that the election was definitely stolen and that Donald Trump most certainly won? This piece by Roger Kimball gives you a pretty good overview. If you’re unpersuaded by the copious witness testimony, not to mention video evidence like the one catching blatant ballot-stuffing on camera at a Georgia polling station, how about this statement from John Ratcliffe? He says that there ‘are issues of election fraud that need to be investigated and there’s a lot of them and it’s not just one person or one group of people. It’s across the country’. Ratcliffe, you should know, is not the host of some fringe Right-wing talk show. He is the most senior security officer in the US, the Director of National Intelligence.
If someone at Ratcliffe’s level thinks there’s an issue here, that’s a story. Potentially – as I’ve argued before – it’s a political scandal so big it makes Watergate look like the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. So why is almost no one in the media, not even in the conservative commentariat, interested in so much as glancing at the details let alone giving it their serious attention?
Let me suggest a few reasons.
Being anti-Trump shows you’re one of the good guys
It’s what Kristian Niemietz of the Institute of Economic Affairs calls a ‘high status opinion’. Like professing to care about the environment or being sneery about the Daily Mail, it’s one of those social signifiers which shows you’re one of the civilised people. You may be Right-wing but you’re not that Right-wing. Hence the uniformly dismal showing Trump has had even in the Conservative press throughout his first term as president.
Trump has been one of the greatest presidents ever on any number of measures: his anti-war foreign policy (reflected in his successful Middle East peace accords); jobs, including for minorities (that’s why twice as many blacks voted for him this time); deregulation; tackling the scourge of political correctness. But you wouldn’t know any of this if you read the UK media (see above). Few people are invested in his getting a second term, even if he won it fair and square, because: Orange Man Bad.
They can’t get the staff these days
The MSM is dying. It’s no longer a fit career for anyone talented or ambitious. So instead it attracts second-rate hacks or political activists (invariably Left-biased) who’ve been brainwashed into righteousness on their third-rate ‘uni’ courses. When I started work on the Telegraph in the late eighties, there was still an ethic that you were there to get the facts and pursue the truth. No longer. For the young journos and, increasingly, their editors, it’s about reinforcing the ‘narrative’.
If only Christopher Booker had lived to see this year! What fertile material for his keen brain to analyse; what absurdities to pique his sense of humour. He would have seen at once that on any number of levels the world in 2020 is prey to Groupthink. This not only rewards members of the in-crowd who think correct thoughts (eg on Trump) but also takes care publicly to punish heretics through ridicule and ostracism. Coming out for Trump makes you a loon. And who wants to be branded a loon when there’s a tidy living to be earned as a just-edgy-enough conservative commentator, but only rejection and mockery for those who push that edginess beyond the pale of accepted thinking?
Nazis don’t vote for Nuremberg
There are an awful lot of vested interests riding on a Joe Biden victory. If the corruption goes as broad and deep as I suspect it does, there’s a massive industry out there – tech, media, political parties, government agencies, big business, finance, foreign powers – prepared to do absolutely anything to stop Trump winning. Obviously this pertains more to the US than it does to the UK. But the rot is everywhere and will certainly have infected this country. Lots of people are going to do jail time when this is over. These people are not without the money and influence to steer media coverage in the direction they want.
Yes, it’s a conspiracy
This, I think, is the biggest stumbling block for conservative commentators who pride themselves on their record of being nobody’s fool. Sometimes they’ll say, ‘Given the choice between cock-up and conspiracy, I’ll always opt for cock-up,’ as though this made them insightful and worldly rather than hackneyed and gullible. What they don’t get – perfectly understandable since the Left has done a brilliant job of creating a cultural environment in which anything smacks of ‘conspiracy theory’ must perforce be for tinfoil hat freaks only – is that not all conspiracies are theory. Some are real. This one is, definitely. Wouldn’t it be awful if democracy and Western civilisation were allowed to go down the toilet because the people who should have stopped it happening were too embarrassed to do so, for fear that calling out the crime of the century might make them look foolish?