Donald Trump expanded his campaign today, adding Breitbart News’ Stephen Bannon as campaign CEO to provide additional capacity and management capability as his campaign continues to grow throughout the states. He additionally promoted Kellyanne Conway, previously a pollster, to campaign manager – likely a reward for her quality performance, and an opportunity to prove herself with increased responsibility.
These are good things for Trump, for a few reasons. The #NeverTrumpers have been concern trolling ever since the primaries ended about how he’s never really tried to put together a serious campaign, and here he is hiring additional capacity in. The Democrats have been trying to paint Trump as a misogynist since the campaign started, yet here he is promoting a woman to a management position (I wonder if she’s paid the same as her counterparts?). Bannon’s connection to the Breitbart readership, which comprises millions of unique readers monthly, provides Trump with an even greater ability to deliver an unfiltered message to Americans through this outlet.
The AP set the stage for the propaganda fiasco with a piece entitled “Republican Donald Trump shaking up campaign”. Adding one person and promoting another is a shakeup? Er, ok…
Let’s take a look.
“Republican Donald Trump is overhauling his campaign again, bringing in Breitbart News’s Stephen Bannon as campaign CEO and promoting pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.”
So now we’ve upgraded the shakeup to an overhaul and made sure to note this is the second or third time it’s happened. By hiring someone. But notice they don’t say hiring or any positive word, they use “bringing in” as though they are there to save something.
“The move comes just 82 days before the election and represents yet another shake-up for the tumultuous campaign.”
There’s only 82 days left, they won’t be able to get anything accomplished anyway. Here we go with shake-up again, might the reader be interested in some anything about Bannon’s background? If this was Hillary’s campaign there would be three paragraphs describing how the person had cured cancer, fed Africa, and how bunnies jump into their arms when they walk through the woods.
“Trump tells The Associated Press that he’s known both people for a long time. He says, “They’re terrific people, they’re winners, they’re champs, and we need to win it.”
Opinion surveys show Trump trailing his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton nationally and in key battleground states.”
Remind the reader Trump’s losing: check.
“Trump says his campaign chair, Paul Manafort, will maintain his current role.”
As will every other employee of the campaign. Why single out Manafort? Oh, right, he’s the one we’re trying to smear in the hit pieces about Ukraine, and we need to remind the reader why that other article is relevant.
“The development was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The move came after a day in which Trump sent a Facebook message urging an end to bigotry and oppression.”
Not having read the original WSJ piece, one can only hope it’s a little more impartial than the AP’s take. Something like “Trump campaign expands” would be fine. We can bet the Wall Street Journal wrote their article for themselves. Would anyone be surprised to find the email that spawned the AP release in some future trove of to-be-hacked emails from the Clinton campaign?
It’s 4:20 now, and the AP release was less than two hours ago but it’s already been faithfully reproduced (just the best parts, of course) on USA Today, US News and World Report, TownHall, and even Fox got it on it, although they at least had the courtesy to rewrite a proper article out of it instead of just publishing the AP report in kind. Between this article and their early call of Clinton as the presumptive Democrat nominee, how much more obvious could the collusion between the media and the Democrats be?