On Saturday, Matt Drudge, founder of the Drudge Report, tweeted, “If Trump begins to win primaries, it will be the biggest rebuke of media in a generation!” His comment echoes one reason that Trump supporters are thronging to “The Donald.” When Trump thumbs his nose at the media, his supporters feel personally empowered against a media who insists on making choices for them by hook or crook manipulation. Via Donald Trump, the people are sending an executive order to the establishment, “We’re not going to take it anymore.”
Distaste for media control crosses all party lines and all races. Many look for 2016 to be the year of “the election of the people.” People are sick of being “controlled,” sick of being told what is best for them and who should get their vote. It’s no surprise that Trump, who is anything but politically correct, is attracting crossover support from all parties, Democrat, Republican and Independents.
After the Trump campaign announced an upcoming endorsement by the black religious community, a bolt of fear struck both Democrat and Republican establishments. Ebony magazine came out pleading for more than 100 black pastors tochange their minds and denounce Trump, not endorse him. Paired with rumors of intense pressure from other politically sources, it appears the pastors quickly capitulated. Although black pastors may privately support Trump, there will be no public endorsement. This is seen as yet another example of “control, control, control.”
According to John Zogby of Forbes, there is only one way to beat Trump. In his article, Zogby put out a call for the media to step up to the plate, take control and winnow the GOP field down to four candidates, the sooner the better. In an act of incredible gall, Zogby also calls for Ben Carson to just throw up his hands and walk away to take one for the good of the establishment. Never mind that this is Ben Carson’s and the people’s decision, Zogby purports to know what is best.
In his article headlined, “There’s only one way to beat Donald Trump,” Zogby cavalierly dismisses Ben Carson: “Regardless of the poll numbers and the sincerity of his supporters, Carson should just leave. He is smart (as a neurosurgeon), he has a nice demeanor about him, and he prays well publicly. But he has not in any way shown any real talent as either a candidate or a leader of this nation. He has little depth on matters of government policy and gives all the appearances of making this whole thing up as he is going along. One down.”
Zogby also calls for the media to winnow the field of candidates down to only four by eliminating some of the candidates from the debates beginning with CNN’s December debate. Zogby reasons that once that happens, the remaining candidates will harvest the support of the candidates who leave the field and Trump will fall by the wayside. Keep in mind, Zogby’s plan is dependent on Ben Carson’s willingness to walk away despite poll numbers that support his continued candidacy. Currently Carson is consistently second to Trump, and he isn’t likely to “just leave.”
Proving Matt Drudge’s charge that a Donald Trump win may be the ultimate media rebuke, Zogby’s proposal is clearly against the people’s choice. His plan is about establishment and media control. The Zogby plot doesn’t eliminate the losers, he’s after clear front runners, both Trump and Carson; otherwise, he would eliminate from the end of the bench. No matter the polls, acceptable candidates for Zogby for the CNN debate include Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and of undeniable necessity, Donald Trump.
If the GOP field was winnowed to seven driven by Reuter’s five day rolling poll numbers, the line-up would be Trump, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, Bush, Huckabee, and Kasich. If by Real Clear Politics, the top seven are Trump, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, Bush, Fiorina, and Huckabee. If winnowed to four at current polling averages, the four left standing would be Trump, Carson, Rubio and Cruz while establishment candidates, excepting Rubio, would not be included. However Zogby is counting on his candidates reaping the harvest of support once Carson and others he doesn’t appreciate drop out.
Though Drudge’s weekly comment wasn’t as inflammatory as last week when he wrote, “A shocking truth is unfolding: America has been arming ISIS,” it may be more prophetic. Political pundits are starting to concede the point that Trump may actually win the GOP primary as he continues to dominate media coverage with no let-up in sight. If Zogby thinks his plan is the “only way to beat Trump,” Matt Drudge is correct with his prediction that this election will not be dictated by the media.