Election Narrative Solidifies: Trump is Racist and Media Demands Hillary Rebuild Nation’s Trust
By Daily Bell Staff - July 11, 2016

The true danger to democracy is cynicism, not anger … “The most amazing thing about the 2016 elections,” Roger Porter of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government told me, “is that we are likely to elect someone who close to two-thirds of the country does not trust.”  The choice offered to Americans this November is the largest failure of the two-party system since (at least) the democratization of the primary process in 1968. –Washington Post

Now the outlines of the presidential election are coming clear. Not only is this Hillary’s race to lose, it is also going to be defined what by what she does or doesn’t do.

The nation, we are learning, is afflicted with terrible cynicism – much of it as a result of Hillary’s actions.

If she is to win the election, she will  have to turn the tide of cynicism with personal actions. This is what the mainstream media is announcing now – in waves, like troops coming ashore.

Every day we cover elite memes and we watch for them on the Internet and in the press, where they often hatched.

This is what we see.  Two types of articles. One kind of article, like this one at the Washington Post, reports on electoral “cynicism” and the danger it poses to the Republic.


There are other effects as the toxic cloud of cynicism settles over American politics. No matter who wins, the other side will view the victor as illegitimate — an unindicted criminal or a loopy bigot. The winner will find that a cynical public coheres like dry sand.

It will be accordingly difficult to rally the whole country around hard or dangerous national goals. And a great country will continue to be crippled by its politics.                   

Crippled, perhaps, but that won’t stop the press from covering scrutinizing every move Hillary makes.

They will cover it all in meticulous detail. Every scripted campaign stop will be assessed. If she does by some chance have a press conference, all seven questions and answers will be analyzed for days, weeks.

Bill will get coverage, too, as the wonky, happy-go-lucky partner of the president-to-be.

This will suck up most of the mainstream oxygen. If Trump gets coverage, it will be of the negative kind – as it is now.

Trump is going to be a media afterthought – because the mainstream is in the process of defining the election narrative.

Trump is a bigot, a racist and a buffoon. When the media does give him coverage, it will be mostly to reinforce those messages.

Hillary is going to provide the drama. Will the nation fall in love with her again or will it continue to mistrust her.

If she cannot woo the nation and win, it is going to be her fault. She will have failed. She is in charge of her own fate. She will rise or fall based on how well she communicates her competence, empathy and expertise.

This meme has not yet converged, but watch for it. If it becomes the major – defining – narrative, then thousands of articles will be written about her trust gap and whether it is closing or not.

There will be talk shows devoted to the topic. Mainstream newscasters will lead with the story.

Here’s how it is being covered currently by the NY Times:

A More Personal Hillary Clinton Tries to Erase a Trust Deficit … For most of her presidential campaign, whenever Hillary Clinton has been confronted with polls showing that a majority of voters do not trust her, she has attributed the problem to decades of wild Republican attacks and right-wing conspiracy theories.

Last week, speaking to a sympathetic crowd in Chicago, she also pointed a finger in a surprising new direction: at herself …  “It is certainly true I have made mistakes …  “So I understand people having questions.”

The questions grew far more intense after the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey Jr., on Tuesday bluntly contradicted numerous statements Mrs. Clinton and her aides had made over the past year in defending her email practices as secretary of state.

Though Mr. Comey’s stark critique of her actions as “extremely careless” came after he recommended that she not be criminally charged, it cast a harsh light on perhaps the central challenge to Mrs. Clinton and her campaign: how to get skeptical voters to trust her.

You see. This is the crux of the campaign. This is the narrative the largest media may create.

There will be little or no coverage of what IS the central theme of this election – which is how much war Clinton intends to wage (if she wins) and whom she intends to aim  it at.

If she is good at her job, she probably will have a war with Russia brewing inside of a year.

That’s what her military-industrial backers probably want.

At this point, it seems, they care little about Trump except as a convenient figure of mockery.

They want to mock him to ensure he is no threat to Hillary and also because he has already announced his skepticism of the only thing that really matter to the ruling elite – which is war and more war.

So get ready for a campaign filled with intimate notions about how Hillary is relating to her fellow Americans.

She will be rediscovered as someone quick to anger but just as quick to forgive. A loyal supporter of the little people (the ones she avoids whenever she can).

The Times again:

Mrs. Clinton will not bluntly ask voters to trust her, aides said. Instead, she will try to own up to the fact that many voters do not, and will discuss this in more personal terms, depending on the setting and audience.

At the same time, aides said, Mrs. Clinton will try to build, or rebuild, trust with voters by demonstrating competence and a devotion to policies that are important to them, like making college more affordable, achieving equal pay for women, and enacting paid family and medical leave.

The narrative seems set now. The media is getting ready for five months of character assassination (Trump) and over-the-top emotional content. It could be worse than any soap opera. You’ll know everything about Hillary, including what kind of condiments she carries in her bag.

What you won’t know is which wars she will start next, as president, which terrible weapons she will unleash and how much closer to igniting a world war she wishes to go.

Conclusion: Perhaps, she will merely start by declaring war on the American people. Or certain people. If she does, the media will inform us that it is necessary because the American climate has simply grown too  hateful and free speech much be repressed in favor of civil comity. After all, it Takes a Village.


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  • alaska3636

    I used to think the DB was over-the-top about dominant social themes. After years of watching you do your analysis, it seems that your paradigm plays out.

    The Overton Window is just too myopic for anything resembling a free and independent press. Everything is taken for granted, from regulatory democracy, better governance, elite technocracy, federal reserve monetary policy, social programs and on and on.

    The press has a conversation amongst itself to support these presumptions about the need for and efficacy of technocratic government. It is none other than the Hegelian dialectic at work and what really impresses me is that the individuals who come to work for and promote the organizations that engage in the dialectic seem to be conveniently self-selected to propagate the whole affair.

    Journalists, academics, bureaucrats and scientists all fall curiously within the same frame of reference regarding the current state of affairs. The internet is running rough-shod over this paradigm, though. Contrary social themes are emerging in the collective conscious of internet lurkers and are subtly shifting the frame of the Overton Window.

    The press responds in its turgid fashion by laying everything on thicker, and disabling comments sections. A pesky trickle has turned into a darn leak.

    Good work DB.

  • alaska3636

    Oh, and hot sauce. Hillary carries hot sauce in her bag. I know this from the news…

  • Bruce C.

    I’m not sure I agree with the DB’s prediction that this will be the new “election narrative”, but if it is I say Trump will win. Not just that Hillary will just lose but that Trump will win BIG.

    I submit that there are far more potential Hillary/Bernie supporters who will switch to Trump by November than there are potential Trump supporters who will vote for Hillary.

    And that’s not counting the existing adamant Trump supporters who will definitely show up in November in droves. That’s far more people than the “experts” realize.

    What’s interesting about the DB’s predicted narrative is that it seems to imply that terrorist events and outlying craziness won’t keep happening. I know some around here think that our present day Wizards control everything but I actually think there are becoming too many wizards and they are starting to work at cross purposes. There are so many potential distractions in play that if not suppressed – or ignored by the MSM, which they seem congenitally incapable of resisting – then Hillary’s message of equal pay for those who feel female, paid leave to get an abortion, and subsidized college tuition won’t get the air time they deserve.

    In the meantime, if Trump stays on message and deals with bigger issues – including that Hillary is a shill for the MIC – then even the slightest exposure of Trump will open a Pandora’s box.

    It will be very interesting to see if things stay calm enough to cover Hillary ad nauseam.

  • Praetor

    A village! That’s mud roads, no flushing toilets, no running water, and no electricity!

    Regressive’s, we regress and she and her ilk progress.

    Yep, we have big problems. Its called GOVERNMENT.

    Till, ‘All’, people relies this very simple equation of us (We The People) vs them (Government). We shouldn’t hold our breath.

    The outcome is very ugly indeed!!!

  • r2bzjudge

    “Election Narrative Solidifies: Trump is Racist and Media Demands Hillary Rebuild Nation’s Trust”

    I seem to have missed that narrative. The media broadcast Comey’s speech, listing the various lies that Hillary told in relation to her E-mail server. Hillary cannot rebuild the nation’s trust, after such a presentation by the media. The media just announced a poll showing 56% disagreed with Comey’s decision not to recommend indictment, after he listed her lies.

    The media just showed Trump as he announced that he is going to be the law and order candidate and that everyone will be treated without prejudice. The media presented Trump as not being a racist.

  • Dimitri Ledkovsky

    There’s a place in Colombia I’d like to move to. Never too late.

  • ThomasJK

    Did the decrepit institution that is referred to with the euphamism “federal government” pass the point of no return decades ago so that the political “drama” that we, The Excluded, are currently witnessing from the sidelines is nothing more than the end game of an overly political, sorry execution of a magnificent game plan? Are all nation states, once founded, destined to be “progressed” to a condition of maximum entropy by “virtue” of “The law of unintended negative consequences?”

    Think eviction, not secession.

  • Samarami

    From WP Article: “…No matter who wins, the other side
    will view the victor as illegitimate — an unindicted
    criminal or a loopy bigot. The winner will
    find that a cynical public coheres like dry sand…”

    For those who declare, “…if ya don’t vote ya have no room to complain…”, this article points to your reasoning as being flawed. I don’t vote, but I can complain if I so choose. I don’t so choose (to vote or to complain). But I can.

    On the other hand, if I vote I’ve limited my choices to two: “…an unindicted criminal or a loopy bigot…” I’ve gotta be content with one or the other (according to the WP writer). Those epithets are too kind for my taste, but I’m used to that. It’s part of the reason I assiduously refrain from politics and mainstream media. They refuse to even consider my most important and meaningful choice of all:

    Abstain from beans, my friends. Sam