On a tangent from the Elite Establishment Media:
Did Trump Plan Yesterday’s Birther Reversal Five Years Ago?
Few things about Donald Trump have both attracted the attention of, and irritated, the news media than his tendency to forcefully state outrageous falsehoods. But it seems there may be method to this madness. As I’ve suggested here before, he deliberately creates cognitive dissonance as a tool to fix the attention of the fact-checking class on him and what he says. And he learned this in the World Wrestling Federation.
I was never a wrestling fan as a kid, which I dismissed as “fake.” But I still remember a thirty-second snippet of video seen thirty or forty years ago before I could get up and turn the channel. Some beefy, bare-chested, long-haired wrestler was being interviewed about his hope for a rematch of a championship bout he’d recently lost, which would’ve come with a gold convertible Cadillac, which the interviewer was asking about. “I didn’t want that gold Cadillac,” said the wrestler. Besides, he said two seconds later, “I went out and bought my own gold Cadillac, just like it.”
Why do I remember it? It created cognitive dissonance, and, for those for whom factual accuracy is important, it triggers an emotional need to correct it. And it has stuck with me, like a good joke, as the iconic example of how fake professional wrestling is.
When Trump said he hoped the Russians would hack Hillary’s server to find those missing emails, the media descended on him with crushing force, seeing treason, where there was only a stunt to draw attention. The servers were long since de-commissioned and in the FBI’s hands. There was no way they could be newly hacked. But Hillary had created them on non-secure servers where they were vulnerable for years, then deleted half of them, at least one set after they’d been requested by investigating authorities. She claimed these were only the “personal” ones, but no one doubts there were juicy political liabilities, as well as serious breaches of security precautions contained in them, as well. The fact-checkers were so intent on slamming Trump that they’ve talked for weeks about the incident, thus keeping the email issue alive, front and center. To those on the fence, it is more proof that Hillary actually plans to be deceptive and even builds elaborate processes to allow her to cover it up.
Trump is not stupid. He did launch the Birther movement five years ago, and looking back, I think he demonstrates a true mastery of WWF method, because he picked an issue that Hillary’s close aid Sidney Blumenthal had raised in 2008 to smear Obama. He has often said he’s “not ready, yet” to withdraw that. I think he knew the origins of that issue when he launched it, and has stuck to it for so long, because he planned to “end” the controversy, in the election’s final weeks, as he did yesterday, claiming credit for ending it, while pinning its beginning on his opponent. The mainstream media have loudly denied that Hillary had anything to do with it, that Trump is making that up, too, but today’s news confirms that Sid Blumenthal urged a McClatchy editor in 2008 to look into it, causing them to dispatch a reporter to Kenya. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article102354777.html
Her campaign memos from that time stress she was born in the middle of America, an Iowa campaign worker for her (unidentified in recent reports) forwarded reports of his Kenya birth, and was reportedly fired for it (Hillary’s cover story), but Sid Blumenthal wasn’t fired. He remains her close confidante. Hillary and her many supporters in the media look stupid and hypocritical, they look “had,” as a matter of fact. Most of the fact checkers don’t even get that they’ve been had, either, by this master of publicity manipulation. They think Trump is below their level of intelligence. They do not entertain the possibility that he could outsmart them.
Who knew ham-handedness could be so subtle?
Next up: watch for Hillary’s and the Elite Establishment’s demonizing of Russia-tied-to-Trump to blow up in their faces, as well. Victoria Nuland https://consortiumnews.com/2015/07/13/the-mess-that-nuland-made/ and Howard Kagan, watch out. http://mondoweiss.net/2014/06/neoconservatism-vindicated-fawning/ http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/1.577114
No insider information here, just seeing a pattern emerge. Trump looks so relaxed and confident when the Russia issue comes up. He looks “in charge,” like he’s got something something up his sleeve.