Maybe Joe Biden was “onto” something when he called a reporter a “junkie?” American Media is addicted to conflict, drama, and “bad guys.” Blame is the game: drama requires enemies.
Our new “supplier” is a modern Karl Marx sending media minions out peddling the old class warfare updated with the latest genres fixated on gender and race.
In my new book, Citizen Trump: A One Man Show, I capture the gargantuan David and Goliath effort it took for a Media phenom like Trump (like William Randolph Hearst before him) to take on the system and win repeatedly!
The sin of envy? Trump’s leftist enemies didn’t realize then (or now) that their sickness is a terrible addiction deep in their DNA. Whether it’s race, gender or politics, they need to externalize blame.
The dramatic triangle is a model of human interaction proposed by Dr. Stephen B. Karpman. It maps vicious cycles that occur in people’s lives to sustain the conflict. In psychotherapy, characters play their roles in the drama as persecutors, victims and rescuers.
Even though Trump is no longer in office, the media still needs their “ex-Trump” in the room. His memory must perpetuate the cycle to create further victims, allowing self-righteous anchors to play rescuer. Otherwise, no one would watch the news.
The reward of the cycle? Externalizing blame.
Maybe you’ve made yourself a victim? What if you made other decisions, made different choices, or even re-evaluated why you require the fix? No, wait: it’s Donald Trump’s fault?
How about a little independent thinking? Maybe find a new start, change direction, and discover a new self? Yes, the most challenging part of being an adult, but what are our alternatives?
- Shutting down speech through censorship?
- Using elementary schools as reeducation camps?
- Transforming American federalism into a one-party state?
The current Media blends with political agendas, so the creative instinct to find the enemy for entertainment ratings can now also be infused by a radical ideology to gain power.
Whom we choose as enemy reveals our deepest fears. In today’s media, it’s still Trump. He’s white; he made America First a winning message, and most importantly, he beat the Media at their own game.
As Trump called them the enemy of the people, and their vicious attacks were so severe, they turned “The Apprentice” star into the victim, feeding the beast.
After the so-called Capitol insurrection, the channels changed again. Trump, cut off from Twitter, unwittingly provided the networks a counter-narrative to disguise months of looting and violence (500 riots).
Knowing how to escape the triangle is essential to ending the American Media addiction. The simple answer is to disengage from the blame game, build a new independent network outside the leviathan.
For conservative media, this means stop whining and build your spheres of influence so that you too can show-not-tell your audience through a pro-America Media network.
Rather than leave the battle to one reality TV star, build a ground army, rallying Americans to support straightforward nonpolitical (non-Leftist) films and shows with producers and directors who can reach a mass audience.
As I write in Citizen Trump, Donald Trump once dreamed of being a Media Mogul. Why not now? The timing could not be better. As the counter-narrative to Left billionaires like George Soros and Bill Gates, Trump could direct and grow our movement from behind the scenes, seeding new armies of American First patriots.
As we see in Hearst’s life told through Citizen Kane, only when Charles Foster Kane exposes himself to the light of public opinion does he open the door for the personal attack.
Turn the Rallies into movie screenings with part of the ticket price supporting new films and shows to support new programming networks, with Trump as the Executive Producer!
Have the new screening outlets feed new platforms so average Americans can bypass the streams of Leftist indoctrination and redirect to more of the mainstream American story.
Create new stars and stories of tomorrow that reflect the true American legacy in fair textbooks and multi-media resources for children, detoxing the poison of grievance, envy, and resentment.
An American restoration.
If not, as I warn in my book, the cycle will only continue to divide the country and make it easier for more radicals to trade on groups and victimhood, speaking good TV and a lousy body politic.
The Dramatic Triangle roles feed off fear and anxiety. It’s time we step off and embrace a Judeo-Christian life of empathy. Like an army on defense, it’s OK the American system cut its losses until it can rebuild again.
The Media is addicted to Trump, and without him, they have no identity. I hope Trump uses his star power to demand a new America-first patriotic Media. We all need to dream, but for now, we need to pull the plug and regroup.
Robert Orlando is a filmmaker, an author, an entrepreneur and a scholar. As an entrepreneur, he founded Nexus Media. As a scholar, he has in-depth knowledge of ancient and modern history and politics. As an award-winning writer/director, his latest films are the thought-provoking documentaries “Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe,” “Silence Patton,” and the new release, “The Divine Plan: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Dramatic End of the Cold War.” His books include “Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe” and, as co-author, “The Divine Plan.” His work was published in “Writing Short Scripts” and he has written numerous articles on a wide range of topics for HuffPost, Patheos and Daily Caller. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.