Distracted Media Fails To Catch Trump Policy Decisions
Moon of Alabama, Jan 23 2017
For two days the media have been busy counting people gathering in Washington DC, where 90.3% of the voters chose Clinton. A recent DC gathering of a Republican-aligned crowd on a rainy work-day attracted many people (the inauguration – RB). A following gathering of a Democrat-aligned crowd on a work-free day without rain attracted more people (the women’s protest – RB). The media watched, counted and was “astonished.” Thousands of lines of “political analysis” were written to explain the difference of the crowd size without mentioning the significance of where it happened, what day of the week it happened and the environmental circumstances. The result of such analysis was a lot of bullshit. The new Trump administration was quite happy about this diversion of attention. It additionally lampooned the media when its new spox condemned the press for not being able to count at all. More lines of bullshit analysis were written about that insult. Just like during the election campaign the media fell for the cheap stunt and thereby missed the serious processes and the decisions that were taking place behind the curtains. Today the Trump administration announced the end of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement:
The president’s withdrawal from the Asian-Pacific trade pact amounted to a drastic reversal of decades of economic policy in which presidents of both parties have lowered trade barriers and expanded ties around the world. Although candidates have often criticized trade deals on the campaign trail, those who made it to the White House, including President Barack Obama, ended up extending their reach.
The NYT seems astonished that, unlike Obama, Trump stood by his words. The media had expected different and was distracted. It failed to report the issue until the decision was taken. The TPP would have imposed “free trade” on more countries and products. The “free” in those trades would have meant that private companies would have been “free” to overrule national governments and their jurisdiction. They could have sued for “compensation” if a country, for public health or environmental reasons, rejected or hindered one of their businesses. Everyone should be happy that this monster died. In another policy surprise, a new coordination between Russian and U.S. intelligence circles in Syria is bearing fruits:
Russia has received coordinates of Daesh targets in al-Bab, Aleppo Province, from Pindostan via the ‘direct line,’ the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday. Pindostan has provided coordinates of the terrorists’ targets in the city of al-Bab in Aleppo province for Russian airstrikes. After the reconnaissance check, Russia and two coalition jets have conducted joint airstrikes on the Daesh targets in the region.
The Pentagon seems to deny:
Any involvement or participation of Pindosi assets on the ground in country, in support of a series of Russian airstrikes against the northern Syrian town of al-Bab was “100% false,” said Pentagon spox Maj Adrian Rankine-Galloway.
The Pindosi coalition spox also said it was “not coordinating airstrikes with the Russian military in Syria.” Before jumping up and down and claiming that the Russians are lying, the media should take a fine comb and reread the statements. The DoD only denied it coordinated airstrikes or helped with “assets on the ground.” It did not deny the transfer of coordinates. The Russians do not claim Pindosi airplanes took part in the mission, only “coalition jets.” Turkey is part of the Pindosi coalition and coordinates airstrikes with the Russian forces in Syria:
Earlier, Russian and Turkish combat planes have carried out a new series of joint airstrikes against Daesh targets in war-torn Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday. “The Russian and Turkish planes carried out joint airstrikes against Daesh in the outskirts of the town of al-Bab in Aleppo province on Jan 21,” the ministry said in a statement.
The Russian statement is likely as correct as the DoD statement. The political significance here is the transfer of Daesh targeting coordinates from some Pindo agency directly to the Russian forces in Syria. That is something Russia has asked for for over a year and it now suddenly seems to happen. This is next to the TTP decision a second significant change under Trump the media missed to report on as it developed. While the blustering against Trump in Pindosi media as well as in some countries abroad goes on and on, serious decisions are taken and implemented by the new administration. The media fail in some systematic way. Minor diversions from “political correctness” are blown up into big headlines while big policy decisions pass unnoticed. It is simple: The task with reporting on the Trump administration is the same as with any politician. Do not listen to what they say, watch what they do. It is high time for the media to get back to that basic rule.