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Tax Revelations and Corporate Media Won’t Defeat Trump
by Norman Solomon
Tuesday Sep 29th, 2020 11:26 AM
Don't get fooled again
The big banner headline across the top of the New York Times homepage as Tuesday got underway -- “TRUMP’S TAXES SHOW CHRONIC LOSSES AND YEARS OF TAX AVOIDANCE” -- might give the impression that Donald Trump is finally on the verge of political downfall. Don’t believe it for a moment.

The same kind of mistaken belief has led many to put undeserved trust in a corporate-media system. But the New York Times isn’t going to save us. Neither is the Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN or any of the other mass-media outlets, “liberal” or otherwise.

To a large extent, the corporate media -- especially the TV networks that gave Trump billions of dollars’ worth of free airtime while raking in enormous ad revenues -- made him president. The advertising-and-ratings-bedazzled head of the CBS network, Leslie Moonves, uttered an infamously emblematic comment eight months before the 2016 election, in the midst of a campaign that Trump dominated with TV coverage: “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.”

Less well-known are other statements that Moonves also made while speaking to a Morgan Stanley conference in February 2016. “Man, who would have expected the ride we’re all having right now?” And: “The money’s rolling in and this is fun.” And: “I’ve never seen anything like this, and this is going to be a very good year for us. Sorry. It’s a terrible thing to say. But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going.” And: “Donald’s place in this election is a good thing.”

At the same time, CNN president Jeff Zucker -- who presided over the network’s “all-Trump-all-the-time” policy during the 2016 primaries -- was privately offering guidance to candidate Trump. Zucker had helped build the Trump myth years earlier when he was at NBC presiding over Trump’s “Apprentice” show , which turned out to be financially and politically crucial for his path to the White House.

Under the ongoing reign of the casino economy, the corporate house is set up to always win.

Now, after doing so much to help create a political Frankenstein, most of the big media organizations are largely disapproving. While the right-wing zealots at places like Fox News and aligned talk-radio and online entities are determined to re-elect Trump, the majority of mainstream media outlets are down on him. Yet the tenor of their coverage, including news of the latest polls, should not lull anyone into a false sense of security about Trump’s impending demise -- a demise they’ve predicted before.

Trump won in 2016 while the bubble inhabited by elite media was rarified and cut off from the everyday experiences, frustrations and anger of everyday people . As a consummate demagogue, he knew how to stoke and pander to resentments against elites -- resentments that mainstream media seemed clueless about.

The corporate media are part of a system that thrives on rampant income inequality, giving more and more power to the rich while doing more and more harm to people the less money they have. Media elites are apt to do fine whether Trump wins or loses the election.

Four years ago, Trump played off the elitism of the establishment to ply his toxic political product laced with racism, xenophobia and misogyny. He has governed the same way he ran in 2016, and he hopes to govern for the next four years the way he’s running in 2020 -- using the broadly and vaguely defined establishment as a foil for his poisonous, pseudo-populist messaging.

Amid the bombshell coverage of Trump’s tax records, it might be tempting to believe the tide has turned and will drown his election hopes. But that’s wishful thinking.

It would take more than two hands to count the times during the last several years when Trump's preposterous and vile statements -- or the emergence of incontrovertibly damning facts -- provided ample reasons for his political fortunes to turn into toast. Instead, he has continued to conduct a national master class in demagogy.

Trump would like nothing more than to play his victim card yet again while media give the impression that he’s headed for defeat -- a combination that worked like a charm for him in 2016. It could easily happen again. With voting now underway, healthy skepticism toward media spin is badly needed.

Four years ago, corporate media overwhelmingly insisted that the likelihood of a Trump presidency was remote. On Election Day, the New York Times categorically pegged the chances of a Trump win at less than 10 percent. Now, those who want to prevent another Trump victory should go all-out to show they won’t be fooled again.

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Norman Solomon is the national director of RootsAction.org and the author of many books including “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” He was a Bernie Sanders delegate from California for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
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by 2020 Vision
Tuesday Sep 29th, 2020 1:13 PM
Norman Solomon is still stuck in 2016. Nazi Trump LOST the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, DESPITE tossing the black vote in the contested states to win the Electoral College vote, the same as the Republicans did in 2000 and 2004. His Nazi Republican Party also targeted black voters to get them to stay home. See https://www.alternet.org/2020/09/trump-campaign-targeted-3-5-million-black-voters-for-suppression-report/ BS AND https://www.democracynow.org/2020/9/29/headlines/channel_4_report_says_trump_campaign_sought_to_deter_black_voters_in_2016

Since 2016, we have had a pandemic aggravated by Nazi Trump's refusal to act quickly and a collapse of the US economy so that we now have 28% real unemployment, worse than the 1930s Great Depression. See http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts and
http://www.shadowstats.com/

Unlike middle class Norman Solomon, it matters to the workingclass voters, who constitute the majority in the contested states, that Nazi Trump paid ZERO taxes for 10 years and only $750 in federal taxes in 2 years. It also matters that he is in debt for $400 million, making him vulnerable to selling out the American taxpayer to save his skin.

We are now at a point of FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES, since we will literally DROP DEAD if we have no Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or Affordable Care Act, all of which Nazi Trump openly plans to abolish if he sits illegally again for another 4 years in the White House, thereby DESTROYING THE ENTIRE ECONOMY and much of LIFE ON EARTH, since he and his fascist Republican Party deny climate change.

The polls are up in the contested states for Biden before the first debate where expert litigator, attorney Joe Biden, will certainly expose the fact that the "emperor is naked," as Nazi Trump has no medical plan, no economic plan, nothing but a self-enrichment scheme called destroying the advances of the workingclass for his personal gain.

Keep in mind while reading the latest polls below that MOST PEOPLE do not make a serious decision on how they vote until TWO WEEKS BEFORE ELECTION DAY. The polls are at:
https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/biden-up-nine-points-in-pennsylvania-polling-shows-92769349559

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/pres_general/

https://www.270towin.com/maps/biden-trump-polling-map

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/president/oh/ohio_trump_vs_biden-6765.html
Ohio is considered a must-win for the Republicans and Biden is now winning in Ohio, a change of course in just September.

And most Americans oppose naming a Trump Supreme Court Justice, who will certainly overturn Roe v Wade that legalized abortion and the Affordable Care Act, before a new president is sworn in on January 20, 2021. See
https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/polls-agree-most-americans-balk-gop-s-supreme-court-scheme-n1241340

So now, we are looking at close races in Texas of all places, as well as Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Arizona, Iowa, and even Alaska. See
https://electoral-vote.com/
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