Trump Bypasses Media With Direct YouTube/Twitter Distribution As Feud With Mainstream Outlets Rages

Tyler Durden's picture

For the past year and a half the Trump team has played the mainstream media like a fiddle.  During the republican primary, he was granted millions of dollars of free air time as the unwitting mainstream outlets thought they were boosting one of Hillary's chosen "pied piper" candidates that could be easily defeated in the general election.  Then, after helping to catapult him to the republican nomination the media predictably turned on him in a blatant effort to elect their chosen candidate.  Unfortunately for the mainstream media, none of their plans to destroy Trump came close to working and, in fact, he used their corrupt, biased coverage to rally his supporters which is likely a big reason for his ultimate victory.

Perhaps no one has summarized Trump's relationship with the media and establishment institutions better than Michael Moore who famously predicted two weeks before election day that Trump's election would be the "biggest fuck you ever recorded in human history":

"They [working class voters] see that the elites who ruined their lives hate Trump.  Corporate American hates Trump.  Wall Street hates Trump.  The career politicians hate Trump.  The media hates Trump, after they loved him and created him and now hate him.  Thank you, media.  The enemy of my enemy is who I'm voting for on November 8th."

But now that the campaigning is finally over, the true panic is setting in for the mainstream media as Trump is threatening to cut off the one thing they have left:  access.

While Trump's decision to bypass the media in recent days (starting with the message below posted on YouTube which has received millions of views) by speaking directly with the American electorate through direct distribution outlets like YouTube and Twitter may not seem like a big deal, it has the potential to be quite revolutionary.  After running a campaign that proved that blatant, and frankly insulting, pandering to various minority groups and endless cash hoards weren't necessarily direct determinants of election success, Trump seems intent upon proving that the mainstream media can be completely bypassed in the modern world...and it is glorious to watch.


Of course, we suspect this is part of the reason for the mainstream media's recent crusade against "fake news" outlets, of which we're apparently one.  To the extent they can discredit competitive news sources then they get to maintain their monopoly on ideas and information, and the blatant manipulation of those ideas into their own customized narratives.

As The Hill points out, Trump's distaste for the media is starting to sow fear and panic in the mainstreamers.  For evidence of that fact, one has to look no further than the outrage expressed when Trump decided to ditch the press to have a steak dinner with his family.  Where was that same outrage when Hillary ditched the press on 9/11 because of her pneumonia?

White House reporters are worried about access to Trump, who didn’t allow reporters on his campaign plane and ditched media staking out Trump Tower last week to have dinner with family at New York’s 21 Club.


The president-elect’s frequent threats to the press have added to a sense that the rules for covering this White House might be different.


“Every incoming president has basic, generally agreed upon rules of the road,” said Joe Lockhart, who served as White House press secretary for President Bill Clinton.


“The Trump team has decided they’ll blow up and the road and build a new one. Where it goes from here will be a test of how far the new president and his team want to push things, and the strength and will of the press to push back.”

As The Hill further notes, Trump has little incentive to go through traditional media outlets.  Not only have they proven time and again to be an extension of the democratic party but with his social media following, Trump's direct distribution of his message gets just as much coverage as a press conference would.

But Trump has little incentive to go through traditional media channels, some experts say.


Facebook and Twitter combine to give him one of the most powerful social media presences in the world.


He has former Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon at his side in the White House, giving him a powerful ally in the massively influential world of right-wing news.


And when Trump releases a straight-to-camera video to announce his 100-day agenda — as he did this week, in lieu of a press conference — it elicits the same volume of coverage as a press conference would.


Trump was lavished with billions of dollars worth of free airtime and exposure during the campaign, irrespective of how he chose to engage.


Press advocates are worried that the president-elect appears to be holding all the cards.

As the head of the advocacy group Free Press points out “over the last 20 to 30 years, each White House has thrown up more obstacles and become more obsessed with controlling their own message, but this is a new apex, and it’s really dangerous."  While we tend to agree that the disintermediation of the corrupt media may be dangerous for their employees...we suspect the rest of us will be just fine.

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DaddyO's picture

I stated this a few days ago after the NYT debacle...two hours after their meeting Trump puts out a video on YT.

Typical Trump showing the media how irrelevant they really are after how the treated him during the campaign and election


edit: Look for other "bypasses" in the first hundred days.

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

This is going to make some heads explode...Poooof in an instant your access is GONE for at least 4 years.

eatthebanksters's picture

Gotta love this guy Trump...out foxes the dirtbags who thought h was their puppet.  Please President Trump, make these sleazy, bigoted and lying reporters irrelevant.  We need the honest ones, the rest can join the little people they fucked over in the unemployment line.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) eatthebanksters Nov 25, 2016 7:11 PM

Just don't forget that YouTube IS Google.  And we know about the Twitter conservative censorship.

Maybe Trump should release White House news on Bretbart, Drudge and ZeroHedge.


BlindMonkey's picture

He could MAKE an alt-tech alternative by releasing there instead of YouTube.  The bully pulpit will follow him.  Google is really irrelevant here.  

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) BlindMonkey Nov 25, 2016 8:03 PM

He should keep this going, have the "Fake News" people interview him.

Cue...Zero Hedge or and, throw in the Ron Paul Institute.


tazs's picture

How come, like Ron Paul, Trump never mentions the need to get rid of the Federal Reserve?

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) tazs Nov 25, 2016 8:21 PM

Because his buddies control it and he gets his cut.

philipat's picture

SPAM ALERT: Do not open the fake links.Tazs has now taken over as Spammer-in- Chief after Yippee Kiyay, lonnng and now letsit were banned. This serial spammer previously known as: mofio, santafe, Aristotle of Greece, Gargoyle, bleu, oops, lance-a-lot, Loftie, toro, Yippee Kiyay, lonnng, letsit, Mano-A-Mano, techies-r-us, beauticelli, stizazz, Nekoti, SumTing Wong, King Tut, Adullam, jcaz, espirit, rp2016, Holy hand grenade of Antioch, InTheLandOfTheBlind, lock-stock and tazs (some still active for the purposes of talking to and congratulating himself) and others. He seems to have more accounts than all other ZH members combined. Beats me why The Tylers can’t just block his IP?

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

hey fucker... prove that i have an association with any of those names you listed... i defended jcaz and accused you of being part of the same spam team you are trying to so hard to appear to be against....  i found no evidence of jcaz connection with any postings....  i rarely post links and never to the biblical institute or whatever it is... prove to me and the rest of zerohedge that you arent a cunt... or prove that you and mofio are the same. if you want to have a man to man conversation accept my contact request and explain to me why the fuck half those names are on your list

Ballin D's picture

calm down no one reads that list of names.  the first time I did was today, and only to look for your name because you were freaking out about it.


dont post with URL shorteners and theres no problem.

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

made you look... and yes i was pist.  still am... i have no association with anyone on this website and don't like being associated with the spammers...

Chuck Walla's picture

Your psychosis is worse than it first appeared.

sarz's picture

"How come ... Trump never mentions the need to get rid of the Federal Reserve?" 

First things first. He has mentioned an audit. He has mentioned paying off the debt in eight years. Why should he give his game away now against the biggest power on the planet? He needs to give them all the rope they need to hang themselves. Let's see what happens if he sets up an infrastructure bank and the Fed money keeps going to the banksters for low-cost speculation. If he names Ellen Brown to head the Treasury, that's all the encouragement we need. 

PTR's picture

With all the rot inside the Fed and the Petrodollar, it might fall apart on it's own accord during a global reset or HARD downturn.  There's enough dry tinder in that bastard to burn itself up.

Keyser's picture

I'm waiting for twitter, facebook and youtube to suspend Trump's posting rights due their "hate speech" policies... It is entertaing to watch the establishment MSM in total and complete meltdown... 

Cruel Joke's picture

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized

Donnie Duvanie's picture

AT this point, he could set up his own "Trump News" network - with much success. Don't forget you heard it, first, here on ZeroHedge.

Secret Weapon's picture

Dear President Trump.  Fuck them in the neck.  Best wishes always.  S.W.

11b40's picture

Great idea. Then perhaps we could get questions about truly important issues that actually ask for reasons and in depth answers. What are our interests in Syria and in Ukraine, as a couple of little examples.

Rey dTutto's picture

And if anything should interfere with his message bypass...

Ugly don't begin to describe how pissed off folks will react. Blatant enough to wake those folks up who are discontent, but "busy", and latent patriotism will produce a cascading "social pumpkin seed" effect, where the attempts to push folks one way or another causes them to react in a completely unanticipated manner.

LaurelMaryCecilia's picture

Trump HAS....  but given the level of understanding of the general public, it's no wonder he didn't make a campign issue of it.  see below

philipat's picture

I had a subscription to the International NYT (when it was still part of the Herald Tribune together with WaPo), which I cancelled many years ago because I could no longer put up with the in-your-face "progressive" libtard bias that permeated everything they write. I suspect that I am not alone. I find it interesting business strategy that in a declining market, the MSM should choose to alienate at least half of its potential audience. This applies to even more than half of the potential audience for print media because the FSA are too busy with their cell phones to read a "news"paper.

BurningFuld's picture

Fuck, if any one of the majors would have done "In your Face" unbiased reporting of this past election, they would be right off the fucking charts now.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) BurningFuld Nov 25, 2016 8:11 PM

The msm was convinced they were going to get Hillary elected.  They thought they could control American thought.


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) BurningFuld Nov 25, 2016 8:26 PM

Trump stiffed em.

(((Dana Bash))) "you have spent so little money and Hillary is spending like wild. Are you going to start doing ads? Are you ready to write a check today?"

Trump "I don't know why I have to spend a billion dollars."

sushi's picture

The ad money is a big part of the legacy media favouring HRC. She was spending millions upon millions. No legacy media outfit wants to run the chance of alienating such a valuable client and impairing their revenue flows. So they went apshit to deliver positive coverage. Being the least bit realistic about HRC, her illness, her email scandal, her pay for play foundation, or any otehr aspect of her personality, history and experience would like have resulted in the legacy org being cut off from the massive flow of advertising dollars.

So they all took the dollars and now they are left holding the bag trying paper over the fact they are nothing more than the capitalist's version of Pravda.



philipat's picture

So kind of like more "Pay to Play" in the real original sense of the term?

Paul E. Math's picture

Fuck, big thumbs up for beginning your comment with the word 'fuck'.  You should make that your thing.  I'm going to end mine that way, fuck.

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

i want to know why you are associating my name with mofio et al.... all i did was call you out on putting jcaz's name on the list... i waited for responses and they never came so I moved on. now i find my name on your list... quit being a cocksucker... we don't need a fucking hall monitor here.... i think it is time you prove that you aren't associated with mofio since you seem to be so quick to paste your cut and paste bullshit just like the other bots/spammers that are clearly associated with those links

HedgeJunkie's picture

Earlier tonight I read some propaganda from the NY Times.

The they linked me to a survey about the article.

Let's just say that I answered with blistering honesty.

Buck Johnson's picture

Google don't dare do anything to mess with the whitehouse or president elect (soon to be president) youtube account.  They will literally kill themselves under investigations from financial to everything let alone get the ceo's of google arrested on some federal crime in regards to messing with federal election this or govt. that.  


Google my have wanted Hillary, they aren't stupid either.


RaceToTheBottom's picture

Wait, Trump didn't build Twitter....

Rey dTutto's picture

No, but how many folks would they lose if he went elsewhere? I, anyone?

zeronetwork's picture

Yes, my president will kick this biased, deceptive and divisive media in the nuts.

Never One Roach's picture

Boy, how would you like to be a sponsor of one of those Fake News MSM stations.

Say bye bye to ad revenue as viewers turn to YooToob and the other outlets who speak with Silver Tongue instead of propaganda. Everyone hates MSM like CNN, npr, nyt, and wapo anyway.

Trump does not need cnn or any others ... he can simply speak directly to the American people.


Excellent idea!

Paul E. Math's picture

I see this as good and bad.  I sure love to see the MSM get the shaft after all the shenanigans they played during the election.

But this is a sign that the system is breaking down.  And it opens the door to abuse, perhaps not by Trump but certainly by some subsequent president.

Even if you love Trump you have to recognize that he's human.  Honest journalists would be invaluable to keep the president accountable.  It just sucks that we can no longer trust any journalist in the MSM.

Buck Johnson's picture

I can't wait, they are freaking out because they see that they will be made irrelevant and Trump knows it.  By him doing what he's doing he essentially forces the people to use youtube (which even though it's google they will like the idea that so many are being forced through their platform).  Saying fuck you to the media is great.  People never ever asked if the president had to have the media around if he didn't want too.  He doesn't and with today's technology he doesn't need them.  Also with him doing this he controls his message and not the media and they don't like that also.


azusgm's picture

Trump can auction the presidential teleprompter on Ebay and direct that money to the debt.

Glad to be getting a new POTUS and getting rid of the TOTUS.

BabaLooey's picture

"As the head of the advocacy group Free Press points out “over the last 20 to 30 years, each White House has thrown up more obstacles and become more obsessed with controlling their own message, but this is a new apex, and it’s really dangerous."

Yeah...dangerous to your corporate bottom line. Dangerous to your biased douchebag shit-readers, who won't get their cushy salaries, or D.C. anymore.


I got people over Thanksgiving to scratch their heads over this cunt Megyn Kelly's 20 MILLION dollar salary "demand".

"20 read the news????""""

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

...20 million, to read the scripted propaganda.
There, fixed it for you.

FIAT CON's picture

Maybe those wannabee reporters and such can find a "productive to society" job for at least 4 years, heck some might like a job where they contribute to society and not return.

molecool's picture

There is no longer any need for a 'media' that only aims to demonize Trump and his mission. It's time the culprits embrace the meaning of 'payback is a bitch'.

WillyGroper's picture

wait till these presstitutes go without their paycheck for play.

that will be a sight to behold.

GUS100CORRINA's picture


Everyone on the planet has a smart phone and access is on demand. youtube is a perfect solution. GOOGLE has to be loving it because the hits for the video are in the millions driving traffic to their site.

Other possible venues would be VIMEO and FACEBOOK as well. The 1st Amendment is alive and well. I would also bet that reddit and 100s of other sites would be more than happy to support President TRUMP.

FIAT CON's picture

If we only had an independant internet outlet that are not censoring certain topics or videos. Google  (youtube)created and funded by the CAYAH! Censored by them as well.


azusgm's picture

TruNews is working on their platform.