A comment about Trump
A commenter pointed me to this comment that was written at some other blog:
There’s a feedback loop between what’s said on TV and the public conversation.
The Nice White People in my family weren’t silently angry about immigration — still aren’t, really. “Mildly concerned” would be the strongest term I could apply to them. Since they stick mainly to safe mainstream media sources, they don’t know the reality of immigration. And you couldn’t tell them about it because the mainstream had declared it off-limits, and because Ellis Island and great-great-grandpa and -grandma O’Doole starving in the hold of a America-bound potato boat. So a year ago, if I’d gone to Christmas dinner and suggested we kick out all Muslims, they would have reacted as if I’d announced a penchant for chubby 15-year-olds.
This year it will be different — not because their anger has been unleashed, or because they’re significantly more anti-immigrant than they were. They probably won’t be. But it will be an acceptable topic now, because important people on TV are talking about it; and even if they disagree with me, they won’t refuse to discuss it and listen.
Trump did that. It could have been someone else, but it had to be someone like him in some ways, and he did it.
I agree with this analysis. The media understands very well that if people knew the truth about certain topics, such as the truth that immigration doesn’t provide any practical benefits to the vast majority of American citizens and in fact is quite detrimental, then people would have the “wrong” views and vote for the “wrong” politicians. And that’s why the media has been engaged in an Orwellian conspiracy to suppress the truth, through selective reporting as well as by making some topics forbidden to be talked about at all, using their power to shame and worse for people who dare to break the taboo.
Trump has, indeed, made it possible to discuss things that the MSM does not want to be discussed. He has also opened the eyes of many of his supporters that the media is lying to them.