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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the.ghost.of.22wmr's picture
the.ghost.of.22wmr (not verified) Nov 25, 2016 8:44 PM

I love it.


MSM going the way of the Dodo bird.

NoWayJose's picture

Far better to release a full 5 minute video where people watch the whole thing, than to let the MSM snip out two 10 second clips followed by 4 minutes of MSM criticism!

messystateofaffairs's picture

What do you think the stupid shits at the MSM are going  to do now that they don't have access. They're going to take a 10 sec clip off Donalds youtube clip and spin it, making themselves even more pathetic than they are, if thats possible.

insanelysane's picture

Maybe Trump should set up a private server to disseminate information from the Trump Train!

the.ghost.of.22wmr's picture
the.ghost.of.22wmr (not verified) insanelysane Nov 25, 2016 8:45 PM

How are we going to prove intent?

red1chief's picture

Very scary story recently in the Washinton Post about "fake news". Everyone should read it... The MSM and their Masters of the Universe will soon move from persuasion to censorship, and worse. They have lists of these so-called "fake news" sites on their new "propornot" site, and you can bet the 15 million Americans who visit these sites are also on their list. After Trump's surprise win the mask and the gloves are coming off, and it will get ugly...

samsara's picture

I wonder what the new president will think about censorship of say Breibart, ZH et al ?

I wonder if he will side with the MSM.

What do you think?

red1chief's picture

Too early to tell, should have a clear picture by March.

GreatUncle's picture

When you attempt to destroy lives because you lost ... has consequences of reporters being attacked, stealth like and building burned. Always been that way we are living in weird times ... it is almost feudalistic in the feelings being enraged in people.


Almost time for the culling.

HRH of Aquitaine's picture
HRH of Aquitaine (not verified) Nov 25, 2016 8:50 PM

I thought Trump would do a good job last year. Why? How did I know? Because he is a real patriot, he actually loves this country, and he is not a fucking globalist shill that sold his soul. Thank god. Brilliant man that is smart enough to surround himself with people that are smarter than he is. That takes humility and skill. Bravo, PEOTUS Trump!

ricoga's picture

It's game over for MSM. Trump to broadcast all press briefings online over the internet, the public gets the raw feeds. 
It puts the MSM in check(mate). Nuff said. 

Sizzurp's picture

The goal should be to get people to turn off CNN, MSNBC, NBC ect., and go where the news is. Go directly to the source and avoid the biased editing and editorializing.

johnjkiii's picture

So, we've had nothing but fake news from news fakers who are now telling us that their fake news is better than the fake news of others who are not news fakes. Nasty.

Bill Melater's picture

Looks like the New York Times, the Washington Compost and the Clinton News Network will soon be seeking Federal subsidies. RIP.

GreatUncle's picture

RIP?????????????? Die Painfully more like = DP, nah not that but you can do that also.

Mr T's picture

I cease to be shocked at the level of deception under which we are ruled. How long can they whine to themselves before they do something and what might that be? 

A commenter mentioned we are in a time where "forgetting is impossible"

That is an interesting concept and very powerful if you know how now

There was a time some might remember when an attack on Iran was imminent Many people contacted their congress critter and went on the record adamantly opposing any such move without critter debate. 

I would like to believe that derailed that plan.

Now that did not work with tarp, so....

Getting on the record is the least we can do. It is very easy. 


GreatUncle's picture

You are waking up to understanding how they use the narrative to control you ... but it is a 2 way street you can use a narrative to control them.

If you get together and work with others even the MSM now starts to struggle, can't complete, nobody believes their narrative anymore, one question of truth in their argument you look elsewhere to conform or deny it.

Never, ever blindly accept because they are now known fraudsters.

Bit like trusting a thief to never rob you, that was the bankster class.

Kina's picture

I have a suggestion for the Washington Post since they dont have preferential access, just do as the dogs do,  lay down and lick your balls all day.  And leave the 10 year old boys alone.

beijing expat's picture

This also gives us a say. We can gauge how well Trump is doing by up and down votes and in the comment section.

The comments on Amazon about Hillaries last book were epic. She was trashed in about 5000 reviews. On the Jimmy Fallon iTunes clips of Clinton and Trump segments, Trump got 300,000 up votes and Clinton got 300,000 down votes. It was clear who was winning.

A interesting side note: Over in Cambodia, Hun Sen set up a facebook page and is now able to get honest feedback from regular citizens, and people on the street say it has really improved governance there.

Hope the same phenomenon spreads across the world.

Fuck the corporate media and their monopoly on the Truth. Their days are numbered.

ArthurDaley-OldieTimeTrader's picture

You've got that right their days are numbered.

Just like the know it all economics professors that tell us all how macro economics works and they massively over paid university teaching jobs (until those sweet cushy numbers are offshored via Remote Skype classes).

The Elite 1% in the teaching profession will come face to face with how their days are numbered too. It will be a brand new world and having a white collar job skill isn't going to be enough of a moat around $100k job going into the future. Forgive me if it sounds stupid but there's a good deal more off shoring to come that won't be in the blue collar club more in the "White collar club".. Grab your popcorn.. It will get tasty..

Able Ape's picture

CNN Breaking News -  We'll now take you to an apartment in NYC where we can watch paint dry!...Sorry folks, it's all we gots...

Berspankme's picture

Grab em by the pussy Donald

Kina's picture

If they tried to censor alternate news sites expect a never ending global DNS attacks on the WaPo and NYT, they will become more unreadable than now.

Mr T's picture

Ok for those wanting to contact their federal rep about the pedophillia going on consider this

Remember if we "see something" we are suppose to "say something"

In addition you can yea or neigh on that Syrian hocus pocus 


johnnycanuck's picture


Tuff guys in the Trump camp are afraid of Main Stream Media.

Kinda like that Erdolf fellow over in Turkey.


Tuff guys don't hide, and Cowboys don't cry out loud.

Jethro's picture

I dont think that is the message.  You and I are on here right now, in lieu of watching some bullshit on tv.  I go weeks without ever watching a single minute of tv.  In fact, it stays off unless my kids are at my house.  MSM and television programming are irrelevent to me.  I get much higher quality news here (and a few other internet sources), and faster.  So, pay attention MSM.....the generations below me are generally doing the same.

johnnycanuck's picture

I been paying attention for quite some time now, and my opinions are formed by listening , observing and participation in what is now, a past life.

TVee is cheap enterntainment and should be seen as such. El Donaldo was a participant in that great dulling of the minds, and imho continues that role. Maybe he doesn't know that's why he was picked by far right wing team Adelson?  He does have quite an ego, and that can be manipulated by the great manipulators.

medium giraffe's picture

"So, pay attention MSM...."


"I been paying attention for quite some time now"


paying attention fail

JoeSchmuckatelli's picture

Hey, JohnnyCafuck, I didn't understand your comment, can you translate from Canuckastanian into English?

GoldenDonuts's picture



Your a fucking idiot.

DeathMerchant's picture

Real Canadians mind their own fucking business. You've got your own Obama to deal with, have fun.

truthalwayswinsout's picture

And to think that all those snowflake Universities are putting out all those journalists and communications majors.....

Wahooo's picture

For an old guy, Trump's pretty hi-techie.

cage123au's picture

I think you may find Jared Kusher is the one behind the delivery. This is why Trump will make a good President, he uses to his advantages talented people around him. 

Publicus's picture

I hope Trump shuts down those lying media, and jail them.

idontcare's picture

Orange just wouldn't go well with Megyn's complexion.

Miss Expectations's picture

The World's Greatest Troll: the Humor of Donald Trump

saloonsf's picture

The Jew owners will not stand for this.

They will have him killed! LOL

Savyindallas's picture

Not ifd Trump wipes them out first. 

Victor999's picture

Trump's kids are Jewish - Zionist Jews.

Karaio's picture

We can always use Kolibri ...
Hehe ...

shimmy's picture

While I hate the presstitute media, I thought that Trump should try and repair relations with them so there wouldn't be the same bullshit during his presidency. Not anymore. After that Washington Post bullshit, I am fully supporting Trump in his media war and look forward to the day all these companies either clue in and change their bullshit or they simply cease to exist. 

The beauty is Trump has ALL the leverage here so they're the ones who will suffer big time from their refusal to grow up and be unbiased but I am sure they won't clue in about that before it is too late and will just further their hit pieces on him and keep losing readers and viewers from it. The media attracts petty chumps as employees who hate the idea people can call them out for their bullshit. I see it a lot with the sports media and the grudges they hold when a coach or athlete has the nerve to call out the media. These people have god complexes. 

I also like that moron saying it is dangerous. Yeah, so dangerous that a guy who has had the media do nothing but trash him all this time and who did their best to try and derail his white house chances is sick of it and is done with giving them his time and respect. It's like these idiots are completely oblivious to how they have treated him.

Oh and it is funny how their chosen one, Killary Clinton, also doesn't seem to like the mainstream media. You know you are completely useless when even the person you worship and bow down for finds you annoying and not worth the time.


Duc888's picture



FUCK MSM.  They lied for so long..... now lets watch them eat shit and go out of business.

blargg's picture

Trump is just giving the MSM a chance to hang themselves until the blood stops pumping completely. They still had some life left in them after the election.

Yen Cross's picture

 Start acting like POTOS Donald

skunzie's picture

He is which is the exact opposite of what we have seen for the past eight years.

just the tip's picture

He is which is the exact opposite of what we have seen for the past thirty or  forty years.


CTTOI how far back do you really want to go.  eighty?  ninety?

CHoward's picture

President-elect T - KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!

Yen Cross's picture

 Mittens Romney?    Magic Underware?

  The older I get , vagina looks MOAR like an armpit...

  I'm  NOT losing  my libido. [sex drive]

   There's a lotta shit going on down there,