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Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report, and great to be together. We got a lot to cover. We’ll have John Schlafly again will be with us, the Schlafly Report, later on. He’s got a new column that’s up over at Townhall.com, our sister site. and also archived over at PhyllisSchlafly.com.
Tough last 24 hours for me and the family, big St. Louis Cardinals fans, and it was disappointing to see them lose to the Dodgers, but so be it. We had a great season. The last five or six weeks were really fun as the Cardinals surged and made the playoffs, the wildcard run. And it was great to see Adam Wainright and Yadier Molina and Goldschmidt and others, Arenado, do so well. It was really fun. Cardinals fans, we are blessed with a lot of great baseball and this was another example.
All right, let’s talk about something that we’ve been talking about and I’ve been harping on, but I want to come back to it. Two aspects of the power of the narrative machine. Big tech, big media, and big government. One is the revolving door from big government to big tech and big media.
Now you say to yourself, Well, okay, there’s one revolving door that’s pretty obvious when you see a Clapper and Brennan leave the intelligence community and go to CNN and MSNBC and NBC, respectively, making lots of money. The corollary, the companion to that is that they get book deals. And if you’re Comey, I think Comey got, I don’t know, 5 million, $7 million to write a book.
And he’s kind of, so you reward the government service of people that are directionally the way you want them to be. And more specifically, you can watch the staffers. Amy Klobuchar, the Senator from Minnesota who was complaining about big tech et cetera, et cetera. Her senior staffer, her senior advisor on tech, announced, I think in the last day or two, maybe longer than that, but it’s certainly out now. I saw it covered, that the staffer is leaving to go be a lobbyist with Apple. And so there you have it, the revolving door going in and out.
And even the woman that was the so called whistleblower that was testifying before the Senate was saying, “Wouldn’t it be great? Wouldn’t it be great if we had an agency, a super agency that was regulating content that I could go work at after I worked at Facebook.” That’s what she said. She said it would be great to have a place where after I did a stint in Facebook, I could go over here and have another stint there and go in and out of government, in and out of government.
I’m reminded, by the way, remember that there were some people like Jamie Gorlic. I think that’s who it was who was a pretty senior DOJ official a couple of times, may even be there now. But one of the things that she left to go become the general counsel of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, I think that’s right. I mean, somebody fact check me, but, and she made six or seven or eight or $10 million during a five or six or seven year period to be a general counsel of a quasi government agency. See in and out, in and out.
The other aspect of the narrative machine, the close relationship to big tech, big media, and big government is how they start to reinforce each other. And the best example of this is Don Lemon with a straight face going on the morning show, CNN, is it called New Day? I’ve been on there before when I was at CNN for a while. And so he’s usually on in the evening. He goes on New Day, and he goes on a rant.
And he basically says, we definitely need the government to step in and get big tech under control. We definitely do. We do. And what we need them to be. The reason we can do it, Don Lemon said, is because we already know how to get to the truth. We’ve already had media like CNN. They just tell the truth. They get rid of disinformation. That’s what he said with a straight face. Don Lemon saying, hey, we can figure out what’s true and not true because we did it at CNN. Seriously? That’s your best example?
The reality is, of course, that the fake news and the big media is right in the tank. And so now remember, the message is being reinforced, right? The narrative machine is being reinforced right down the line on cue. I mean, I told you over the weekend, Wall Street Journal, 60 Minutes, lifting up the whistleblower lady as the greatest and most important thing ever. Then she goes before big government, the Senate, and says “this is what we need.” We need to…
And by the way, I think it was The Washington Post who took up the argument at least. And I didn’t think it was original, by the way, I didn’t think I made it up. I think I’ve heard it and put it together. But the argument that any changes, like the so called whistleblower advocated would put us in a position where the big tech guys are able to deal with the regulations because they have big staffs and big lawyers and big money, and any upstarts would be blocked from barrier to entry. So The Washington Post actually wrote about that part of that piece of it. They didn’t credit me with it, but there you have it.
And so the bigger question I have to say, is out there in normal America, what is it people are feeling? What is it that you’re feeling when you say? I mean, I think on one level, you certainly are feeling drain the swamp, these people are so corrupt. But I’m talking about the power of the narrative machine. Are people actually able to see through it in such a way that they can kind of fight their way to a normal truth? It’s really not easy, right? It’s really not a simple task. It’s really not something that is easy to do. And that’s the real question.
I call it trolling, I was trolling around with some friends and people I trust that are smart and saying, okay, what do you do about it? What do you do about this narrative machine that you see? And one of the guys that I watch and listen to is that Scott Adams, he does a Periscope or used to be called a Periscope, he does a live stream, and he talks about how do you find the trusted partners? And he argues for this kind of group of people who might be validating what you’re doing, or not validating, checking on it and making sure that you’re not sort of getting misled by people. It’s not a bad idea. I’m not sure it works completely, but I see what he’s saying.
But what is it we can do right here? I mean, I know a lot of Conservatives that watch and listen to Tucker. And Tucker Carlson is their solution. Well, that’s a 1 hour show, and it’s really not even a news show. He’s really more of a commentary, right? So how do you go and get the news when you literally are being fed a narrative and being told a truth by people in the media and big tech and big government? Where where does that? How do you go get truth?
Here’s another example. This is a very important example. I’ll see if I can walk through this well, I might do another segment on this. I was watching… I read on Politico that they have now indicted some of the January 6 people for stealing Pelosi’s laptop, ok? And one of the women is named, I think Riley. I’m not sure if that’s her first name or last name, but in the article, it said Riley was involved in January 6. They confirmed that. And she wasn’t in charged with stealing Pelosi’s laptop until recently, the last day or two. And that was because they had to build the case.
But one of the pieces of the case they built was Witness One who said that this woman, Riley, told, I don’t know, witness one. I don’t if it’s a boy or girl, I don’t even know. When I finish the sentence, you’ll know why it’s a little confusing. But Witness one who’s identified as a romantic partner of this Riley woman. So I don’t if it’s a boy or girl, but, I mean, I don’t know, I just don’t know.
But so this former romantic partner says, oh, yeah. Riley told me she’s gonna give that laptop to Russian friends and sell it to the Russians. Seriously? And so that is a former, probably disgruntled, I mean, there’s not a lot of former romantic partners that are particularly on good terms. Not that I know of.
But and when you read the story in Politico today, it says the indictment said that Witness One said that they might sell it to Russia. That’s all it said. You click through the story. When the first story came out in January, it said there’s a possible witness who said that this woman might sell it to the Russians. When you click on the original FBI document, it then basically says it’s an X, and it sort of implies I don’t know how much we can trust this situation.
But my point is they wash the story all the way through to today, seven or eight months later, and it’s just reported point of fact. You don’t even realize they’re reporting about the ex girlfriend or boyfriend of this person who says this. That’s not that credible. And it’s reported as if it was the FBI found out. And again, it’s back to the Russia Russia Russia thing. Whenever they can, they’re looking for ways to make, to fill these, fit the narrative into the truth they want to reinforce.
All right, we got to take a break everybody. Be right back. It’s Ed Martin, go to ProAmericaReport.com, ProAmericaReport.com. Tune in there, get all these interviews and everything else. Sign up for the daily email. Be right back.