question of this election is whether this country will be run by the
people or the system."
9/27/16, "Trump Takes on Holt and Hillary…and the whole system," Daniel Greenfield, Front Page
"Donald Trump's main opponent in the first presidential debate
wasn't Hillary Clinton. It was NBC anchor Lester Holt. Hillary, with
forced smiles as brittle as china and an eerie fake laugh, continued her
primary debate strategy of repeating canned talking points while
waiting for the moderator to knock off her opponent.
there to debate, but to once again seem like the only possible option.
Holt’s job was to make her seem like the only possible option by targeting Trump.
There were fears that Lester Holt would be another Candy Crowley.
was unfair to Crowley. The entire debate was structurally biased. Its
general topics were framed in narrow left-wing terms, instead of
discussing the economy and moving the country forward, Holt defined the
topics as class warfare and racial divisiveness. Even national security
was narrowed down to Obama’s favorite battlespace, cyberspace, rather
than the actual battlefield.
Trump was hit with repeated
personal attacks and gotcha questions by Holt, who then took to arguing
with him over the facts. Hillary, despite having been under
investigation by the FBI, received only a perfunctory offer from Lester
Holt to comment on her emails after Trump had raised the issue.
But Holt’s overt bias also proved to be his undoing. Candy Crowley had
been effective because her interjection into the debate between Obama
and Romney had come as something of a surprise. Holt made his agenda
clear at the outset. And it also made him easy to ignore, as Trump
Like small boys jumping into a mud pile, media
personalities had been urging each other on for weeks to abandon even
the pretense of objectivity and just go after Trump. That’s what Holt
did in his awkward and impotent way. And it proved to be ineffective as
he quickly lost control of the debate. Holt, like the rest of his media
cohort, had failed to understand that overt bias makes them less
Hillary’s role in the debate was to grit her teeth
and smile awkwardly, then deliver a few scripted attacks and lines that
would allow her media allies to hail her as the winner. It was an easy
job that she botched.
The media headlines were pre-scripted.
And the same stories would have run even if Hillary had gone full Linda
Blair spinning her head around 360 degrees or been devoured by a herd of
wild dingoes during the debate.
Here’s CNN. “Clinton puts Trump on
defense at first debate.”
And here’s the Washington Post.
“Trump vs. Clinton: Her jabs put him on the defensive in first debate.”
This is what happens when the Clinton campaign writes your stories for
you. They all sound the same.
But the only thing Hillary
accomplished was to remind Americans of how unpleasant, insincere,
untrustworthy and irritating she was.
The pathological sense of
entitlement, the political narcissism, the empty promises, the hollow
rhetoric and the artificial attempts to connect to people whom she
clearly despised were all on display here. The lady in red had nothing
new to offer, either in policy or in her attacks on Trump. Like her, it
was all reruns. And it was grating enough not to bear rewatching.
Hillary claimed to want to discuss policy, but she launched the first
personal attack and between her and Holt, these supposedly serious
personalities took the debate into the arena of petty malice. A country
full of people who had lost hope had not tuned in to hear about Trump’s
taxes or his comments about Rosie O’Donnell. In a particularly surreal
moment, Hillary claimed to have brought an architect who had suffered at
Trump’s hands. Because whom could working class people relate to better
than an architect.
And it was obvious why Hillary and Holt had to embark on these desperate stunts.
Hillary’s message was a contradictory mess of promises to fix problems
that existed for inexplicable reasons under Obama.
already okay and she has a plan to fix all that. When Trump exploited
this contradiction, her messaging completely collapsed into its own
The real agenda of the debate was to discredit
Trump. Instead he came out appearing presidential, patiently listening
to another Hillary rant, gamely sipping a glass of water every time she
touted her website, and enduring it with the same wry expression that
much of the audience was wearing.
Trump was at his best when
puncturing the media and Hillary’s hypocrisy. Asked about his taxes, he
demanded that Hillary release her emails. Challenged on Iraq, he pushed
back on Libya. Where Hillary offered artificial bonhomie, pasting on
plastic smiles and uploading fake laughs, he was natural. Nothing about
Trump’s reactions or responses were faked. And that still remains a
shock to the system.
And it is very much a system that we saw
on display here tonight.
It’s a system that Lester Holt and Hillary
Clinton are a part of. It’s a system that has run this country deep into
Instead of destroying Trump, Holt’s bias brought
the system out onto the stage. It reminded everyone that the national
election was being hijacked just as the Democratic primaries had been.
It showed viewers that the system was rigged and that it was rigged to
select Hillary Clinton for the White House.
question of this election is whether this country will be run by the
people or the system. Trump reminded everyone that he was not the
candidate of the system. The media’s post-debate analysis will tell us
what the system thinks about the debate. But everyone already knows
that. The system wants its own perpetuation. It wants, in Hillary’s
words, more “investments”. That is the system’s euphemism for spending.
It wants to export more jobs and import more migrants.
It wants to transform America into a grotesque reflection of its own warped processes.
Hillary Clinton is the perfect embodiment of the system. Artificial,
unnatural and corrupt. And Lester Holt took on his role as the system’s
feeble gatekeeper. But it’s not the system that the public wants. It
seeks someone to smash the system. That is the source of Trump’s
popularity. It is what makes him so threatening.
was not about any of its topics, not the official ones or unofficial
ones. It was about the subtext of the system. It was about what the
system does to protect itself. Instead of a debate, what the people
witnessed was the media hive trying to destroy an intruder while
protecting its queen.
And once again, the system failed. Its media gatekeeper drone failed. The queen is in check."
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Trump's opponent wasn't Hillary, it was paid gatekeeper Lester Holt. Instead of a debate people saw the system trying to protect itself. The entire debate was structurally biased, topics framed in narrow left-wing terms, rather than discussing the economy and moving the country forward. Hillary's pathological sense of entitlement, political narcissism, empty promises, hollow rhetoric and artificial attempts to connect to people whom she clearly despised were all on display. Trump appeared presidential, patient-Daniel Greenfield, Front Page Mag
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