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Media traffic has shrunk since Trump moved to Mar-a-Lago

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With Biden, the press puts the main target on policy debates, which most people find boring

Donald Trump was always certain of one thing: He was an enormous moneymaker for the news media.

Now they are struggling to hold onto an audience that is shrinking.

Media outlets are not necessarily collapsing, as Trump had predicted would be their outcome once he gone. It’s merely like a return to what was considered normal, before the symbiotic relationship that boosted his political fortunes and their bottom lines.

That now presents a challenge, that their world is not controlled by the politics of personality, divisive culture wars and ongoing Twitter spats anymore.

President Biden has had his share of opposition, but his effort to tone down the drama, avoid personal attacks and barely interacts with the media which puts the focus solely on policy debates, which many people find boring.

Trump didn’t singlehandedly create the high ratings and clicks of 2020 and early 2021. There was a global pandemic and an economic lockdown that drew the attention of Americans. There were times of racial protests that often turned into riots. There was a very highly contested presidential election, armed insurrection at the Capitol, and there were two impeachment trials in the space of 13 months.

The media crave crisis and controversy, Trump knew how to supply both.

At the Washington Post the number of online visitors fell twenty-six percent from January to February—and that’s reported from the Post. The New York Times site lost seventeen percent during that same period.

As for cable news:

The most effected was CNN, but Fox News and MSNBC were also effected.

The Trump presidency saw the number of Times digital subscriptions rise from 3 million to 7.5 million; the Post tripled their subscribers to 3 million. The regional newspapers didn’t get the national outlet rise.

The Trump void, if we can call it that, helps explain why there was so much media attention around the world to an interview I did on Sunday. Senior adviser Jason Miller told me on “Media Buzz” that the former president will be back on social media in two to three months with a new platform to emerge from his meetings with various companies.

Whether that materializes, or crashes and burns, remains to be seen; it isn’t easy challenging the likes of Twitter and Facebook from scratch. But while such an app or outlet would be a magnet for conservatives, journalists would also sign up en masse to follow any Trumpian news.

The 45th president just confirmed a scoop I had weeks ago, that he’s enjoying being freed from the tyranny of the torrent of tweeting. His press releases are “more elegant than tweeting,” he told Newsmax.

Trump admitted that “the tweeting gets you in trouble” because when you retweet people you can find out they’re “not so good.” He was often criticized during his White House years for serving as a megaphone for sketchy characters and conspiracy theorists.

You might think that with a new administration, an ongoing pandemic, widespread vaccine frustration and a crisis at the Texas border there would be plenty of news to attract people. But importance alone doesn’t mean it will gain popularity. At the Times yesterday, the third-most popular story was Ellen DeGeneres’ plunging ratings; the fourth most clicked-on Post story was “Prince Harry takes a job at Silicon Valley Start-Up.”

Media outlets clearly have to find something else to do now that they’ve been forced to break their Trump addiction.

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Cruz criticizes Biden’s ‘unconstitutional’ vaccine mandate: ‘They want to change the topic from Afghanistan’

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Cruz calls Afghanistan the evacuation the ‘worst foreign policy catastrophe in a generation’

Senator Ted Cruz, said Sunday that President Biden’s vaccine requirement for private companies is intended to fail and being utilized only as a distraction from his mistakes made in Afghanistan.

While appearing on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Cruz said Biden’s standard demandung businesses with hundred or more workers to require the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing is “illegal” and simply intended to get the Democratic president back in the media’s good side after he was broadly criticized for his sloppy military evacuation in Afghanistan.

“They want to change the topic from Afghanistan,” the senator said. “It’s why Biden issued this completely illegal and unconstitutional vaccine mandate, because he wanted to change the topic from the disaster in Afghanistan.”

“The vaccine mandate is going to be struck down in court. They know that,” he continued. “But the president is defying the law because he wanted the press to start defending him and stop talking about the disasters in Afghanistan. And he’s counting on a bunch of big businesses, in particular, forcing their employees to comply before the matter is ever adjudicated and before the order is struck down.”

Cruz proceeded to contend that each policy decision by Biden, foreign and domestic, has been driven by “pure politics.”

“When it comes to Afghanistan, Joe Biden and his administration presided over the worst foreign policy catastrophe in a generation,” he said. “They put politics in front of everything else. They abandoned Americans behind enemy lines, and it was a disaster. We were routed there, because Joe Biden surrendered.”

“He fled and left hundreds if not thousands of Americans in harm’s way and we are going to be paying the price – our nation is going to pay the price for our president’s weakness and incompetence for years to come,” he added.

Cruz also said the world is less protected because of Biden’s actions in Afghanistan, contending that America’s foes have overserved the president’s shortcoming and will not hesitate to take advantage of it, referring China for instance.

“Unfortunately, I believe the chances of a Chinese amphibious assault on Taiwan have increased tenfold in the last month,” Cruz said. “If that happens it would be utterly disastrous, but weakness invites aggression.”

“When you have a president who rolls over for everything, it only invites the bad guys to do worse and worse things,” he said.

Ten Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense zone on Friday, the day after the democratically governed island reported a $9 billion boost to military spending to counter the danger from central China, which considers Taiwan as part of its territory.

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Chants of ‘F*** Joe Biden’ at diverse vaccine mandate protest, thousands embrace at NYC freedom rally: ‘This is the power we want to send to the world’

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A large number of New Yorkers spoke up against vaccine mandates on Saturday. A diverse group in New York City protested against the government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate orders.

A diverse group walked through the streets of New York City on Saturday; some waved American, Gadsden, and LGBTQ flags. Some protestors were holding signs that read: “My body, my choice,” “Latinos against forced vaccines,” “God is with us,” and “LGBTQ people for medical freedom.”

There were moms demanding the end of mask mandates for their kids in school. There were some demanding the government to recognize natural immunity and requesting that those with past COVID-19 infection be absolved from the vaccine mandate.

The freedom rally halted in Times Square, where speakers conveyed messages against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. At one point, the ideologically coordinated group embraced one another in a sign of unity against the mandates.

“This is the power that we want to send to the world,” a speaker said.

There were chants of “Wake up New York!” and “My body, my choice!”

One highlighted speaker at the freedom rally cited President Biden, who recently said, “What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe and convenient. We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.”

The speaker told the protestors, “Joe Biden, your patience is wearing thin? We lost our patience!”

The crowd responded by reciting, “F*** Joe Biden!”

This anti-Biden chant was utilized at college football stadiums recently.

On Sept. 9, Biden declared a general vaccine mandate for companies with more than a hundred workers, which will affect a hundred million Americans.

On Aug. 16, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an emergency executive order demanding residents to give proof of coronavirus vaccination to enter indoor eating at restaurants, cinemas, gyms, and more.

The demonstration was just one of many “World Wide Rally For Freedom” occasions that occurred in communities around the world.

“We will push back against widespread propaganda, by producing our own media, and advancing our own narrative, instead of succumbing to the one being pushed on us. We will not accept the rampant politicization of science and medicine, and we will return these institutions to being neutral sources of information for the benefit of society, over government and corporate interests,” an official statement from the protestors read.

There were also big protests in France and Canada.

Protests in Australia became violent, and more than two hundred were apprehended in Melbourne.

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Biden aides set up a ‘wall’ to protect him from unscripted occasions, book claims

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The book depicts the internal White House staff members ‘ process as a ‘cocooning’ of the president

Top White House aides set up a “wall” to protect President Joe Biden from unscripted occasions and long interviews in the midst of fears of the president’s touchiness and propensity for ruining statements, as indicated by a recent book.

“Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa referred to various of episodes from the blunder inclined president in the beginning days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN journalist for which he later apologized.

“That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says.

Thus, various Biden associates told the journalists that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to keep such occurrences from happening by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.”

“They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote.

However, the creators note that those episodes still kept showing up, regardless of that defensive air pocket.

The book says that the White House needed damage control after Biden reported he had struck a significant bipartisan infrastructure deal, but then said it was dependent on a more liberal spending bundle being passed.

It reportedly shocked Democrats, who considered them as separate, and infuriated Republicans who were unhappy about the caveat. It prompted officials working the telephones to fix the damage, and Biden giving a long statement to explain his position.

The book contains various disclosures, specifically its announcing regarding how General Mark Milley was in correspondence with the Chinese to console them about feelings of trepidation of an assault during the mayhem encompassing the Jan. 6 Capitol revolt.

The White House did not quickly respond to Fox News’ request for input.

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