The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, Welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Great to be together as always.
In a few moments, we’ll talk with Ted Malloch. We haven’t talked to Ted in a couple of weeks. I’ll catch up with him. Actually, that will inform my WYNK.
In a moment, we’ll also talk with Jon Schweppe. Jon Schweppe is over at the American Principles Project. They do a good job, especially digging into some policy issues and like for in this case the the Biden plan to make sure that if you happen to have good credit ratings and have a mortgage, you’ll pay extra if you can believe it, to subsidize people with bad credit ratings. Which begs the question, won’t it just be better to get a bad credit rating? But we’ll find out more details and see. It sounds crazy, but it sounds possible and you know one of the questions I’m going to ask Jon Schweppe is, what happens when the media either covers something or only you know we the people cover it, but it doesn’t change anything. You know, it used to be if if you found something that was egregious in the in the. In, in policy or politics, and you raised it to the level of of awareness and the media took it up, it would either moderate or change behavior, at least cause a discussion about what was going on. It doesn’t seem to work right now. There’s something about the nature of the media, the system we’re in. Where things that are absolutely, positively impossible to believe are true end up true. And when they get called on it when the either the administration in this case or local state officials get called on it, anyone, when it becomes known. It could even be the kinds of you know the kinds of cancel culture stuff where conservatives are cancelled for things they shouldn’t be cancelled for, or whatever. It doesn’t matter.
And so bring it begs the question in today’s WYNK, what you need to know is over the weekend, I was thinking and watching as Tucker Carlson’s disappearance from the scene became more and more stark. And I and I was watching Bill Maher. He does his show on Friday nights, I guess just. Once a week. And then I didn’t watch the Sunday shows, but I saw some of the quotes from it. Not much. And I started to say to myself, you know, there is an effort or there is a reality, you know, whether it’s a, an organized effort or not, to take out of the media kind of landscape, conservative voices. And so while it’s true that I guess Fox News has The Five, which is sort of conservative, you know, three or four of them. Are conservative depending. On the day and there is shows like Jesse Watters and others. I mean Tucker Carlson disappearing is massive and. You take that and pair it with the fact that there really has not been a successor to Rush Limbaugh. That’s that. You know, you can say there are some who are in the space doing radio shows. There is I think two different groups. In one case a pair of gentlemen and in another case, maybe one person. Who have been put into those slots largely that what was the Rush Limbaugh slot, you know, in in where I lived in Missouri it was 11 till two and no it was 10 till 1, 11 to 2:00 on the East Coast I guess. But it’s been a little bit where you work but those those voices have not been as big. And the the Tucker Carlson slot, which had been occupied with a big, big booming voice by Bill O’Reilly. Now that’s gone sort of quiet ish. And the numbers over at at Fox are way down. Now it’s only been one week. But it doesn’t look like. One America News or Newsmax can sort of fill the bill, you know, fill, fill in and and and and raise voices. So you’re watching a big shift and here’s where it gets counterintuitive.
I think that’s. Bad for America to not have more conservative voices. At a very high level, I think it’s bad. It would be better for more conservative voices to be lifted up and to have serious voice and be in the fray, et cetera.
But one thing is true. On the right side of the ledger, whether you call it conservative purely or if you call it center, right, one voice, one figure looms massively large. I mean, massive and that’s Trump.
In some ways I are odd and funny. I mean, Elon Musk is a huge character. He’s a huge American figure, but he’s not exactly one set of issues. So one set of beliefs that makes it clear, you know, he’s he believes in the simulation that that we’re somehow A computer, a computer created entity, he he has beliefs, I think on some of the social issues that don’t agree with conservatism. On the other hand, he’s definitely cynical about the power of government, and he’s been probably the best at exposing the reality of the reality of what I call the what I call the narrative machine, even though he doesn’t call it that. I mean, he’s been really good at showing that social media and especially mainstream media or fake news media have been broken and big government has been in cahoots, so he’s been good at that, but he’s not exactly conservative. I don’t even think he’s center right. I mean I I think a lot of conservatives like him because they feel like he’s opened Twitter up to being more of a free speech zone and less against conservatives, but I’m not sure he’s remote, you know, remotely conservative across the board. But be that as it may, back to my point.
The dominant figure, I mean as big as Colossus becomes Donald J Trump. And he dominates in a way that nobody else can. And even his Trump excuse me. His Truth Social has grown pretty significantly. I still when I go on there, I still find it to be mostly an echo chamber. It’s mostly again, center right people communicating, but more and more. He’s he what he what he puts up there is quoted all over the rest of the media. And it brings us back to this incredible, incredible dilemma for the media, the, the, the main, you know, cable news and otherwise.
They make more money, they get more eyes, they get more attention, they get more traction. When Trump is in the news. They know it. You and I know it. And it brings me to this.
What you need to know — if the media landscape has cleared out the conservatives and cleared out the the larger conservative names. You know, Mark Levin is still out there, Bongino’s out there, radio I’m talking about. I don’t know if Levin’s TV show or Bongino’s TV show had much reach, but they’re they’re they’re sort of, they seem to be diminished. And then Tucker’s gone. It leaves Trump as big as ever. It leaves Trump as big as ever, and it leads me to this point.
When it all comes down to it, push comes to shove. One of the things that we’ve talked about for years now is follow the money. Follow the money as a filter on what’s happening and what’s going to happen.
When you look. At the COVID, the response in COVID you see massive wealth transfer money going from the federal government from we the people to the federal government out to the states – bailing out union pensions, bailing out the, to strengthening the teachers unions, transferring massive amounts of money. From the American taxpayer to pharma.
When we see a massive spending in the Ukraine just a year or so after we stopped massive spending in Afghanistan, you say what’s going on? Well, follow the money.
The Defense industrial complex needs to work. Needs to make needs to make their products needs to build their keep their industry going. When you look more and more follow the money as a filter. It’s a pretty darn good one.
And follow the money would lead you to believe at least Donald Trump is is the nominee that the money makers want, at the very least.
He’s probably who they want to be president. Because again, he makes them money. There’s never been a money making entity and there’s never been something that they’ve never been something or someone that made as much money as Donald Trump did in office. We had book after book. We had the TV show after TV show hitting record ratings. We have CNN printing money. If you follow the money as your filter, it says Trump is not only going to be the nominee, he’s going to be the president. Because they’d rather do that and tie him up tight with all kinds of lawsuits and all kinds of other things than they would not make money.
I’m serious. I’m serious and clearing out the conservative underbrush, so it’s just Trump only helps him. Only helps. There’s only one colossus now. There’s no Limbaugh. There’s no Tucker.
All right, that’s What you need to know. We’ll come back and talk to Ted Malloch in a moment right here on the Pro America Report and then Jon Schweppe after that. Ed Martin, Pro America Report, that’s proamericareport.com, sign up for the daily e-mail there and I’ll be right back.