MSNBC: Trump To Control What People Think? That’s Our Job!

The clip ends very abruptly, so she may have qualified her statement, but I don’t have any doubts that she actually thinks this way.

I can’t wait for James O’Keefe’s news room leaks to come out over the next week.

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27 Responses to MSNBC: Trump To Control What People Think? That’s Our Job!

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    I am guessing it was cut off abruptly because they all laughed at the “that’s our job” line.

    That said, let’s unpack the idea. The right generally despises the MSM because of its left-of-center positioning on almost every issue. This has been the case for decades and right hates it.

    They especially hate it because, after eight years of snuggling up with Obama, the MSM is being harshly critical of DJT. This makes Trump supporters furiously angry and when the new POTUS says the MSM is “the enemy of the people” they ignore his use of Stalinist vernacular and agree with him.

    Right here on this site are near daily calls for Trump to hammer the MSM into oblivion.

    The thing is, Trump is able to spew six falsehoods each morning before he has his Golden Grahams. He does it in spite of an MSM waiting to gleefully call him out on it.

    In other words, the MSM talks shit and Trump tweets a response. Trump talks shit and the MSM “fact” checks him.

    So what do we know for sure…

    1) There is a lot of shit talking going on.
    2) Both the MSM and Trump/government want to control what we think.
    3) The only way either of them has a chance of doing it is to discredit the other.

    It isn’t in our interest to let either succeed. Good government cannot exist without an oppositional press that is free to be as critical as it so desires. It is good that the press gets called out by Team Trump for their depredations against the truth.

    In summary: They both lie, we need them both, they deserve each other.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      I saw a longer clip. They didn’t laugh.

      • notamobster says:


        That’s scarier than I was hoping. I was hoping she qualified it somehow. Good thing I trust any of them (media, Trump, et al).

        • Ray Davies says:

          All Politicians (and media) are like a bunch of bananas.
          They’re all yellow
          They hang together
          There is not a straight one among them

  2. Bman says:

    One would have to be totally but blind as to not see the heavy bent left bias in the MSM. We have a President who will call them out on it and it pisses them off because it’s true. I like how Trump battles with the press. As you pointed out, the bias has been going on for decades. We now have a guy who will stand up to it. I don’t think that is the first priority of a President btw, to bitch slap the press at every turn, but it sure is funny and refreshing as hell.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      I agree but it is important to remember that Trump has no better hold on truth than does MSNBC.

    • notamobster says:

      I think it’s entertaining, too, Bman, but I can find dancing monkeys elsewhere. I’d prefer my President to lead on matters of political import, not reality TV style arguments with anyone who will take the bait.

  3. Ben says:

    A person could ask “but ben who do we believe!!!”

    My answer would be Neither, both its situational and depends on who has the least obvious motive to mislead on that particular issue,

  4. R.D. Walker says:

    So last Saturday Trump said: “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”

    Well, nothing happened the night before in Sweden and Trump took a ration of shit for his comment. So what was Trump talking about?

    He said he was talking about a Fox News report he had seen the night before that gave an overview of the problems Sweden is facing with the huge influx of migrants.

    What he was trying to say was, “you look at what was on television last night about Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”

    I 100 percent believe that is what he was trying to say. I believe him because it makes more sense than he was just inventing fictional events in Sweden. I believe him because a lot of people talk that way. I believe him because he is about as articulate as Boomhauer. I believe him because I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Everybody flubs a sentence now and then.

    I do not think Mika was trying to say that it is the media’s job to control what people think even though that is clearly what she did say. I think what she was trying say, however, is that Trump is trying to undermine the job of of the media.

    “He is trying to undermine the messaging and control what people think and that communicating the messaging is our job.”

    I know she didn’t say that but I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt for the same reason I gave it to Trump. Sometimes people are inarticulate.

    • notamobster says:

      Even undermining the job of messaging, she knows that a President speaking directly to the people (bumblefuckishly as he does) impedes their ability to control the narrative. She is a statist to her core. I think she laments this more than anything.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        I am no fan, I just find it hard to believe she actually meant to say that it is the job of the media to control people’s thinking.

        • notamobster says:

          I think most of them see this as left-right narrative battle and she sees their job as controlling that narrative, where in her immediate circle, Joe Scarborough controls the right-leaning narrative.

          I don’t believe she wants to control what people think, just the story they hear that fits the narrative they sell.

          If this weren’t the case, they wouldn’t have a left-leaning bias to begin with (if not to sell the narrative).

        • BrunDawg says:

          Not that it matters or it’s what she said but she later tweeted: “Today I said it’s the media’s job to keep President Trump from making up his own facts, NOT that it’s our job to control what people think.”

          It must be the media’s job to make up their own facts. She make my skin crawl.

          • C. L. says:

            She can get away with that, too, because she knows that us unenlightened rubes who do not understand the benefits of communism have also never heard of Sigmund Freud.

        • DocO says:

          I think Mika meant to say exactly what RD wrote.

          However, I believe she accidentally said what was in her heart, committing a Kinsley gaffe.

          I think this is substantively differently than Donald “Mushmouth” Trump’s inability to get out what he meant to say.

          Kinsley gaffe: A truthful statement told accidentally, usually by a politician. Named for the man who originally defined it, American journalist Michael Kinsley (1951-). … A “gaffe” is the opposite of a “lie”: It’s when a politician tells the truth. It doesn’t take much to commit a gaffe.Aug 22, 2011

          I say this because Mika’s gaffe fits with what a modern day progressive would believe. I don’t think Mika would claim she isn’t a progressive.

    • Uke says:

      I’m inclined to believe this is the most reasonable explanation.

      If we can give Trump the benefit of the doubt in that way, I figure we can do the same for others. Or is Trump the only one we can take seriously, but never literally?

      For the record, I do not care for Mika.

    • Bman says:

      But now, many media outlets are trying to blame Trump for inciting the riots the other day. How dishonest is that? This has been happening in Sweden for quite sometime. On the other hand, maybe they saw Trumps statements on some obscure youtube video…and felt they had to riot?

  5. jOe says:

    I don’t like Mika. She is everything I detest about a “New Yorker”. Liberal elitist attitude with a Star Bucks in her hand 24/7. She is not that original and does not think past the flash in pan topic of the day. Her statement does not surprise me and I strongly believe she actually believes she is in her position to shape what we see reported as news because us “fly over peeps” are too stupid to think and make decision for ourselves. She is an example of New York left thinking media elites. Ahhhh my blood pressure is going up.

  6. DocO says:

    By some polls the MSM and Trump share about the same level of trust on accurately relaying information.

    The MSM sees that fact, rolls their eyes, sighs at the benighted ignorant masses, never realizing they earned 100% of our distrust by choosing to push the progressive narrative all the while claiming the mantle of impartial and objective tellers-of-truth, rather than admitting they are simple cheerleaders of the progressive movement.

    I see this in my liberal friends and it just saddens me. There is no other side of the story other than the progressive narrative. There is no history other than Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United State”.

    • Ben says:

      I disagree that the left are the only ones the new left (alt-not so-Right) is equally blind and self deluded. In my opinion.

    • Rockheim says:

      Here’s the thing. They don’t think of themselves as “left”. They see themselves as center.. Firmly in the center. And in the center they are neither left nor right. And therefore unbiased.
      So they don’t see it as pushing a left wing agenda.

  7. Mike says:

    This old goat has learned an awful lot reading the comments you gentlemen make.
    Just wanted to take a little time and thank everyone.
    ALWAYS looking forward to the next day.

  8. Rockheim says:

    With family working in “the media” and working with the “talent” in the field I think what she said is closer to what the headline is calling it.. but not as nefarious..

    Look.. these people don’t sit in their evil lairs at night.. twisting the ends of their dark mustaches whilst grinning malevolently while plotting to take over the world and enslave us all.

    They think it’s their job to “educate” the people. They can’t understand how so many people are wrong about so many things. They lack the self reflection and ability to see that there may simply be another point of view.

    In their minds what we’re arguing about is akin to denying the existence of gravity. As if we’re all saying that gravity doesn’t exist. And all they can do to help us is deliver the facts about gravity. And they can’t understand why we don’t get it. Why we refuse to acknowledge that they’re right and we’re wrong.

    It’s not a matter of evil intent. It’s a matter of the fact that they simply can’t fathom why anyone would think any differently.
    It’s also what lends them to frequently state that conservatives are somehow mentally defective.