FoxNews.com reports that
President Trump canceled a planned 2018 trip to a cemetery for American war dead in France because of the weather and not because of disdain for the slain soldiers who are buried there or concern about how the weather would affect his hair, two sources told Fox News, despite a report from The Atlantic making that claim.
Still, the details from that trip and other events described in the explosive piece remain a subject of dispute.
Two sources who were on the trip in question with Trump refuted the main thesis of The Atlantic’s reporting — that Trump canceled a trip to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, which is at the site of Belleau Wood, an important World War I battle, because he believed the dead soldiers to be “losers.”
The White House had said at the time the decision was made because of poor weather for flying Marine One and the fact that the cemetery was too far a distance for a motorcade to drive.
One of the sources who refuted the Atlantic’s reporting is not a fan of Trump. Both sources said that Trump was upset about not being able to go to Aisne-Marne and said they had never heard Trump refer to war dead at Aisne-Marne or in the battle of Bellau Wood as “losers” or “suckers.”
Both sources also noted that Trump was not worried about how the weather would affect his hair, as The Atlantic reported. Trump the next day stood in the rain for an hour at a different event.
The sources only rejected the claim about Aisne-Marne, and not other accounts where Trump is alleged to have insulted soldiers. Trump has previously gone after the late Sen. John McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
…The White House was adamant that The Atlantic allegations are unfounded.
“Not a soul brave enough to put their name on any of these accusations,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday of the report. “That’s because they are false. Just another anonymously sourced story meant to tear down a commander in chief who loves our military and has delivered on the promises he’s made. What a disgrace!”
Former national security adviser John Bolton, who has openly opposed Trump, saying he will vote for neither the president nor Joe Biden in November, wrote a scathing memoir about his time in the White House. In a passage in that memoir, Bolton actually defends Trump over the decision not to go to the Aisne-Marne.
“Marine One’s crew was saying that bad visibility could make it imprudent to chopper to the cemetery,” Bolton wrote. “The ceiling was not too low for Marines to fly in combat, but flying POTUS was obviously something very different. If a motorcade were necessary, it could take between ninety and a hundred and twenty minutes each way, along roads that were not exactly freeways, posing an unacceptable risk that we could not get the President out of France quickly enough in case of an emergency. It was a straightforward decision to cancel the visit…”
Bolton later added: “The press turned canceling the cemetery visit into a story that Trump was afraid of the rain and took glee in pointing out that other world leaders traveled around during the day. Of course, none of them were the President of the United States, but the press didn’t understand that rules for US Presidents are different from rules for 190 other leaders who don’t command the world’s greatest military forces.”
Sources told Fox News the decision not to go to the cemetery was made by chief of staff John Kelly and his aide Zach Fuentes. Bolton further wrote that Kelly was the one who recommended the move, saying it was quite difficult for him to do because he is a Marine himself.
Trump personally addressed The Atlantic’s story on Twitter.
“The Atlantic Magazine is dying, like most magazines, so they make up a fake story in order to gain some relevance,” he wrote Friday. “Story already refuted, but this is what we are up against. Just like the Fake Dossier. You fight and and fight, and then people realize it was a total fraud!”
In a press conference Friday night, Trump took aim at Kelly, even claiming he “could have been” a source on the story. And he slammed the claims as “a hoax.”
Vice President Pence also called the report “absurd” on FOX Business Friday.
“Any suggestion that this president doesn’t love and respect the men and women of our armed forces and their families is absurd on its face to me because I have walked the grounds of Arlington National Cemetary side-by-side with President Donald Trump,” Pence said.
Joseph Goebbels became Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister in 1933. This position bestowed power over all of Germany’s radio, press, cinema, and theater.
In 1925 Goebbels met the leader of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler. In 1926, he was made Gauleiter, or party leader, for the region of Berlin, In 1927 he founded and became editor of the official Nazi periodical Der Angriff (The Attack).
Goebbels was elected to the Reichstag, the German parliament, in 1928. By exploiting mob emotions and by employing all modern methods of propaganda Goebbels helped Hitler into power.
In the book, “Public Opinion and Propaganda; A Book of Readings edited for The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues”, Leonard W. Doob wrote a chapter titled “Goebbels’ Principles of Propaganda”.
Here are some of those principles:
1. Propagandist must have access to intelligence concerning events and public opinion.
2. Propaganda must be planned and executed by only one authority.
a. It must issue all the propaganda directives.
b. It must explain propaganda directives to important officials and maintain their morale.
c. It must oversee other agencies’ activities which have propaganda consequences.
3. The propaganda consequences of an action must be considered in planning that action.
4. Propaganda must affect the enemy’s policy and action.
a. By suppressing propagandistically desirable material which can provide the enemy with useful intelligence.
b. By openly disseminating propaganda whose content or tone causes the enemy to draw the desired conclusions.
c. By goading the enemy into revealing vital information about himself.
d. By making no reference to a desired enemy activity when any reference would discredit that activity.
5. Declassified, operational information must be available to implement a propaganda campaign.
6. To be perceived, propaganda must evoke the interest of an audience and must be transmitted through an attention-getting communications medium.
As I have related to you before, I was a Radio News Director during college from 1978-1980, with a staff of 20 student reporters, who each received credit for producing and delivering a 5-minute newscast, once a week, on our College Radio Station.
I can remember sitting in the lecture hall of the (then) Memphis State University Journalism Building, listening to Dr. Van Williams, whom we all swore did the first newscast of KDKA, America’s first radio station, in 1920. The class was “Introduction to Journalism” and Dr. Williams was telling us that the ”key to being a good journalist was objectivity”.
Now, in 2020, the Main Stream Media has made the term “Journalistic Integrity” an oxymoron.
Throughout yesterday on both Main Stream and Social Media, all of the Liberal Political Pundits, both ‘Professional” and self-proclaimed, were spreading the now-proven-to-be-false story published by the Atlantic, in a demonstration of gullibility resembling the mass panic induced by Orson Welles’ national radio broadcast of a reading of H.G. Welles’ “War of the Worlds’ on October 2, 1938, which convinced Americans at the time that Martians had indeed landed on Earth and were starting an invasion.
It soon became very apparent to every American who was paying attention that The Atlantic had fabricated another fake news story designed to someho damage a sitting President whose chances of being reelected to office are growing stronger every day.
Average Americans are daily winning the war against the “New Fascism” of the Tyranny of the Minority and the Propaganda Arm of the Democratic Party known as the Main Stream Media by the sharing of information through Social Media.
Americans are now living in a time when the Main Stream Media’s blatant propaganda is no longer believed at face value, as the evidence which refutes it is appearing in the live videos and photographs being shared on Facebook and other Social Media.
In this age of instantaneous communication via Social Media, Americans have become their own on-the-scene-reporters, often foiling the planned use of propaganda by outlets such as WaPo, simply by being there and sharing the event with their friends on Facebook or Instagram.
That contrary and factual information is then disseminated through the use of that same “New Media” to reach Americans from coast-to-cast, nullifying slanted stories delivered through the Traditional Media, sometimes even before they are released.
In this wonderful Technological Age that we are living in, average Americans have the ability to share information at the “speed of reality” itself.
A fact which is the cause of great consternation and falling ratings to those news outlets who are attempting to be the Vanguard who ushers in a Biden/Harris victory this November, clearing the way for the completed change of America from a Constitutional Republic to a Democratic Socialist (MARXIST) nation.
Marshall McLuhan once wrote that
The Medium is the message.
He was saying that mass communication influences the way that we see things and that those bringing it have to be perceived as being trustworthy in order to be believed by those receiving their “message”.
Unfortunately for The Atlantic and the rest of the Main Stream Media, their history of pandering to Liberal Causes and the Democratic Party is well-documented and has led to their being dismissed by average Americans as, as Trump remarked shortly after taking office, being known as purveyors of “fake news”.
Equally unfortunate for the Liberal Media, is that fact that Americans have become our own news reporters.
And therefore, propaganda does not work as well as it used to.
Unlike those fooled on that October night in 1930, Americans no longer implicitly trust the Main Stream Media.
Especially when they “jump the shark” as The Atlantic did yesterday.
November 8th, 2016 proved that, as The Who once sang
We won’t be fooled again.
…not as long as Americans stay informed.
Until He Comes,