September 13, 2016

Trump’s running against “crooked media” — but Clinton’s opponent is the Internet

James CampbellRebel Columnist

“I’m not running against Crooked Hillary, I'm running against the crooked media,” said Donald J. Trump, exactly one month ago.

The massive media cover-up of Hillary's chronic health problems is merely one example of what he meant.

Anyone who suggested that Hillary might not be the spring-chicken she once was was smeared by the mainstream media as a conspiracy theorist or sexist.

However the issue became too big for them to ignore when on Sunday she was thrown into a van like a rubber turkey.

Their reluctant coverage comes several weeks after the release of Paul Joseph Watson's viral video on Hillary's bizarre behaviour:

Watson is one of a few unofficial leaders of the million-or-so online fact-checkers, meme-makers and truth-tweeters which form a resistance against the lamestream media.

If you doubt their influence you need only look at Brexit.

The internet gave the Leave campaign a much needed platform, helping to change the course of British and European history.

Immediately after the Brexit result came through, I wrote to Paul and thanked him for the part he played.

“I couldn't have done it without all of you,” he said.

And he's right.

Every day, millions of people feed their ideas and observations into cyberspace where natural selection allows the best ideas to surface and spread.

The truth emerges faster than you can say, “Delete your account.”

Powerful mini-memes of revolution appear before you can say “Basket of Deplorables:"

So yes, it's unfair that Trump has to run against the crooked media.

But Hillary has to deal with something much worse.

The internet.

And, as we saw with Brexit, the internet will win.

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commented 2016-09-21 15:37:38 -0400
The internet is the new home of guerrilla journalism, and much for the better. While much of it is editorial or an endless vortex of response videos and conspiracy theories it also is a source of breaking unfiltered news via periscope streaming and the like. Add to that editorial commentary on subject matter that the MSM won’t even touch. Like any media you have to take it with a grain of salt but I’d rather that than have nothing to put any salt on to begin with.
commented 2016-09-16 14:23:51 -0400
As much as the majority of mainstream media is on side with Hillary don’t underestimate this power hungry money grubber (roughly quoting Colin Powell) and I add don’t underestimate her influence on the courts. a taste of how Hillary operates.
commented 2016-09-15 23:17:44 -0400
“Drew Wakariuk commented 22 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson the Rebel and Breitbart tell the damn truth, that is not bias. "

Well, what they tell resembles the truth well enough that it can usually pass muster as long as nobody asks any questions. Dig a bit deeper and it becomes clear that it’s mostly misrepresentation. Jon Stewart called it “truthiness”.
For example
- Blamed increasing homelessness on Notley, using a study whose dataset ended well before Notley was even elected
- Blamed bike lanes for declining business in Vancouver, when the study cited actually illustrated that the majority of bike lanes had no impact to slight benefit on business (having cherry picked literally the only example within it of a decline as evidence they weren’t working)
Just in the last week:
… “Millenial political leanings bring good news”, in which American millenial conservatives increased a whopping 1%, from 22 to 23%, from Gen X at the same age was presented as some sort of sudden boom in young conservatism. Technically it’s true, but hard to spin 23% as particularly impressive (they did not point out this number).
- Oh, and there’s that article about NDP policies crippling oil drilling, even though SK has had an identical percent decline in the corresponding timeframe.

Superficially, it all sounds true … but dig a bit and the reality becomes clear. That’s why they seem to prefer the Muslim fearmongering these days, since their attempts to invoke facts are usually wrong. It’s awful hard to refute wacky conspiracy theories once the emotional paranoia sets in, emotion is far stronger than logic; the “media party” is a pretty convenient dismissal of inconvenient facts.

Breitbart is guilty of the same thing, although we now know that it’s literally a tool of the Trump campaign and may have always been.
commented 2016-09-15 01:24:25 -0400
Andrew why was that video of Clinton falling removed? Is that not bias? Oh sorry , you only think it isbias when someone disagrees with you.
commented 2016-09-15 01:23:10 -0400
Andrew Stephenson the Rebel and Breitbart tell the damn truth, that is not bias. And they do not censor like the media party does. And sorry but the people who watch CBC and CNN are biased as well, so spare me the BS. Funny how the left hates what they cannot control.
commented 2016-09-14 20:43:26 -0400
Oh, you mean the Internet, the fringe sites like the Rebel or Breitbart, that are generally only read by people who were already on side with the alt-right cause? I mean … if you’re looking for a case study in confirmation bias, go ahead and invoke that …. but good luck on your actual stated claims.
commented 2016-09-14 18:52:05 -0400
Andy Neimers you got that right, they will reap what they have sown.
commented 2016-09-14 14:42:47 -0400
If there is anyone on this planet that needs to cling to a bible at this point in her life , it is Hillary Clinton.
commented 2016-09-14 11:20:36 -0400
Can’t wait for Julain Assange’s next round of emails. He has taken security measures to insure they get released in the event something happens to him.
commented 2016-09-14 10:23:35 -0400
If the problem with Hillary is Neurological in nature and stress causes her seizures, what happen when North Korea or Iran decide to fire a Nuclear war- head at North America? Yes; sure I want someone to lead the country that cannot handle stressful situations with a clear head.

Why should this surprise anyone? You have Obama, who is one of the global leaders going on apology tours to all the countries the Western world is perceived to have offended over the last 100 years. What an embarrassment? What a way to prove to the rest of the world you are weak? Oh please Mr. Terrorist, please accept our apology! We are so weak we cannot defend our country or stand up for democracy!
commented 2016-09-14 01:45:26 -0400
The MSM has brought it unto themselves so that’s why Postmedia and Torstar are begging their staff to take retirement packages… Sooner or later, as the “Devil take the hindmost” factor really kicks in, watch for some of them to try to bail out of the current spin cycle… Especially when Trump becomes president… But it will be too late for many of them and they will be semi-retiring to write obits at the Podunk Swamp & Daily News Leader…
commented 2016-09-14 00:52:15 -0400
All congress has to do is say it aint going to happen.
commented 2016-09-13 21:01:18 -0400
Hillary the lying bitch does not have pneumonia any more than Mr. Trump has a cold.
Her doctor was bought and told to lie or else he could get into a fatal car accident.
This is so blatant a cover up to take the pressure off her that it stinks to the high heavens.
This woman is a liar and will always be one. However the public could live with a liar but she is so much more than just a liar. People have died because of Hillary.
If she were to drop dead anytime soon, I sure many, many would not mourn this POS – I certainly would not.
commented 2016-09-13 20:52:03 -0400
I read somewhere recently that a credible polling firm conducted a poll on American’s trust of the MSM – seems only about 7% trust what they get from corporate media – that’s twice as low as the polling number of Americans who trust congress.

For the first time in my living memory people’s opinion of journalists is lower than that of politicians I think H.L. Mencken would be vindicated to see that his prediction that people will wise up to this tag-team of con artists has begun

""The natural tendency of every government is to grow steadily worse-that is, to grow more satisfactory to those who constitute it and less satisfactory to those who support it." – H.L. Mencken
commented 2016-09-13 19:46:28 -0400
Med school professor states Hillary will be dead in a year:

Expect a Dem replacement – Kaine or Joe Drunkle – probably announced in a week or two.

Great to see that Hillary will be dead soon – she’s a foul, disgusting pig.
commented 2016-09-13 19:39:04 -0400
You have til October to enjoy the free internet.
commented 2016-09-13 19:28:36 -0400
Which is why Obama wants to turn over control of the internet to his buds, the muslims!
commented 2016-09-13 19:28:36 -0400
Which is why Obama wants to turn over control of the internet to his buds, the muslims!
commented 2016-09-13 19:22:46 -0400
The Rebel Store should stock “The Deplorables” T shirt with a logo similar to Stallone’s “The Expendables” logo, copyright law permitting.