OPINION: Breaking The MSM Cartel – A Matter Of Survival
Donald Trump is notorious for many things and one amoung them is his flamewars with CNN and other left-wing mainstream media outlets who he has frequently branded, correctly, ‘fake news’.
On the surface perhaps this appears to be a risky strategy for an outspoken politician but it is fact arguably not a strategy at all but more a common sense acceptance of reality. CNN et el were never going to be nor ever will be Trump’s friends so why waste time and energy courting them?
UKIP finds itself in a similar position regarding the mainstream media. This is especially the case now given our Interim Leader’s hardline on Islam which will never win acceptance in a media mileu which has directed its entire energy towards the cause of exonerating and vindicating the ‘religion of peace’ even the throes of its bloodiest attacks on innocent civilians.
If Gerard Batten wants to win favour with even the likes of the Daily Express and Daily Mail he will simply have to change his point of view and unless I have very much misjudged the man that is something he will simply not be willing to do. Good. He shouldn’t give an inch. However, he then must recognise that perhaps even more than any other UKIP leader before him, a strategy of courting the MSM is doomed to be an exercise in futility.
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It logically flows from the very core of Mr Battens politics that he, like Mr Trump, must aggressively confront the MSM to a large degree if he is to get his point accross in a way that reflects his true intent. It also logically follows that he, more than any other UKIP leader before him for the aforementioned reasons, needs to develop a media strategy that has at its core the development of UKIP media as opposed to relying on the MSM.
He could ‘play it safe’ as I have no doubt many within the staid Party bureaucracy will urge him to do. Indeed, a couple of tweets from the official UKIP Twitter account today indicate that there are some who would happily prostrate this Party at the altar of short-term expediency and would have us kow-tow to the MSM agenda.However, if he pursues such a approach I believe in the long-run then it will be of no benefit to him or the Party and it probably would, potentially fatally, undermine any bid for the permanent leadership he may make.
We are the Party of speaking truth unto power. If we will not challenge the entrenched power of the MSM and the liberal elite that lays behind it then I would ask simply what is the point in us as a Party? Brexit was one battle in a wider war that still remains to be won. Behind the MSM is a cartel that pushes all the things we giggly despise at every turn – we must break this and we cannot do that by capitulating. The reality is that grasping this nettle maybe as crucial to our survival as the fundraising and campaigning for the local elections.