"This week a Salem Communications insider steps forth (via email) to affirm all of the previous reports, and add details specific to the instructions from Salem Broadcasting and Salem Communications group:
"In 2014 (sorry, cannot recall the date), Salem Radio hosted a conference call with Senator Marco Rubio to address the Gang of Eight legislation and “set the record straight.” All national and local talk hosts were urged to take part. I am one of their local hosts, and what I heard that day was troubling. Moderated by Hugh Hewitt, it began with Senator Rubio offering a brief explanation of the measure and why it was so very necessary. Then Hewitt opened the call to questions. There were only a few, and they were exclusively from higher-profile, national Salem personalities, like Mike Gallagher, Katie Pavlich, and Mark Davis. No local host was permitted a question. Following the Q and A, Senator Rubio was cut loose, and that’s when things got weird. After Rubio departed, Hewitt introduced Salem V.P. Tom Tradup, who began by saying, “Thanks, Hugh. Now, here's how I would like our talkers to be talking about this…”. I exited the call in disgust at that point and have no idea what followed. The effort by the GOPe to co-opt the so-called “conservative media” is real, and it’s widespread. It also makes me gag."
"XXXXXX (name intentionally withheld by CTH)"
Last week, another story emerged within the New York Times showcasing how various conservative radio hosts were also lobbied, and recruited, to push a more favorable narrative for the Washington DC objectives. All of the activity was kept from the consuming audience by the participants-all of them attempted to justify their willful blindness....
Research also identified a hidden corporate agenda within Fox News to promote the Amnesty agenda."...
Among comments at tcth:
"I had a business relationship with Salem for advertising until I started opening my mouth about Red State when Eric Erickson dis-invited Trump to the Red State event. I wrote a letter to Tom via my local Salem Manager and within a couple weeks, Salem canceled my advertising contract. The “message” was more important than the money.
No loss, We shifted our ad spend to other stations but it was an eye opener indeed. It showed me Salem’s 1st priority is the message and not the money.
You are slowly being brainwashed when you listen to the Salem Network. You hear what they want you to hear."
More on "Conservative Entertainment Complex" parasites:
Many have been hanging around and chattering for decades, active cogs in the Conservative Entertainment Complex, deriving their income by pandering to conservative anger, while offering no real solutions:
"Donald Trump represents a threat to these ineffectual poohbahs in the same way he represents a threat to do-nothing public officials."
"Jealousy is also seriously at work here. Trump is inspiring and exciting a broad spectrum of the country" unlike any of these pros has been able to do over decades.
1/22/16, "National Review just handed Donald Trump the Election," Republican Newswatch, by Doug Ibendahl "Doug Ibendahl is a Chicago Attorney and a former General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party."
|11/9/2015, Trump in Springfield, Illinois|
"National Review’s publication of the collective anti-Donald Trump missives from 22 self-appointed conservative potentates has caused quite a stir in Republican circles.
The nationwide responses range from, “Wait, I thought National Review went out of business years ago,” to “Ed Meese? Seriously?”
The Gang of 22 have officially become parodies of themselves. One would have to reach back to the days of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew to lift an adequate quote to describe them.
“Nattering nabobs of negativism,” “vicars of vacillation,” “pusillanimous pussyfooters,” “the decadent few,” “ideological eunuchs,” “the effete corps of impudent snobs,” or “the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history” – take your pick, because they all apply about equally well to each and every one of them.
So clueless is the Gang of 22 they can’t even see how they’ve stumbled right into the narrative Trump’s been communicating so successfully for months. Just like the elected officials from both parties, the Gang of 22 has been GREAT at complaining about stuff, year, after year, after year.
But getting anything accomplished? Not so much.
Many of the Gang of 22 have been hanging around and chattering for decades, and some are active cogs in the Conservative Entertainment Complex, deriving their income by pandering to conservative anger while offering no real solutions.
Donald Trump represents a threat to these ineffectual poohbahs in the same way he represents a threat to do-nothing public officials.
Jealousy is also seriously at work here. Trump is inspiring and exciting a broad spectrum of the country like no member of the Gang of 22 ever has, or ever will.
In just seven months of campaigning, Trump already has more Americans listening to a Republican message than the entire Gang of 22 could muster over decades. Trump understands that before you can advance the ball, you have to convince people to take time from their busy lives to listen. No one on the GOP side since Ronald Reagan has accomplished that like Trump.
No one else has come close, and certainly no one from that “effete corps of impudent snobs” to which the National Review thinks we should defer.
The Gang of 22 had their chance. They’ve done a lot of bitching over the years, and it paid well for some
But Americans care about results. They can plainly see that all of the empty talk from the Gang of 22 got us eight years of Barack Obama, and a loss in pretty much every conservative battle there was to lose.
At the same time when Americans look at Donald Trump’s life they get a lot of assurance that here is finally a man who shares their focus on actually getting results. And Trump returns the respect by recognizing regular hard-working Americans are a lot smarter than any of the “ideological eunuchs” in all of their pontificating glory.
The “pusillanimous pussyfooters” love to nitpick Trump’s words, but what voters are looking for this year is competence and accomplishment. Donald Trump has an actual record of delivering both in spades.
The Gang of 22 is right to be terrified. A President who could get things done would expose them as the irrelevant creatures they truly are.
It can’t happen fast enough."
Doug Ibendahl is a Chicago Attorney and a former General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party." image via Republican Newswatch
Added: Alphabetical list of 22 people who wrote in opposition to Donald Trump in National Review includes mention of following affiliations:
Radio hosts: 4
Media company publishers/owners: 3
Celebrated novelist: 1
Best selling author: 1
"Senior Fellows" at policy centers or institutions: 2
Fox News contributor or regular guest: 2
President of Club for Growth: 1
Declines to state any affiliations except Reagan administration: 1 (Ed Meese)
Nationally syndicated columnist: 1
Served in Bush 2 admin. and has advised Jeb Bush: 1
1/21/2016, "Conservatives Against Trump," by National Review
"Glenn Beck is a nationally syndicated radio host, the founder of TheBlaze, and a best-selling author."
2. David Boaz
"David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and the author of The Libertarian Mind."
3. L. Brent Bozell III
"L. Brent Bozell III is the chairman of ForAmerica and the president of the Media Research Center. He has endorsed Ted Cruz for president."
4. Mona Charen
"Mona Charen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center."
5. Ben Domenech
"Ben Domenech is the publisher of the Federalist."
6. Erick Erickson
"Erick Erickson is the editor of The Resurgent and an Atlanta-based talk-radio host."
7. Steven F. Hayward
7. Steven F. Hayward
"Steven F. Hayward is the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University."
8. Mark Helprin
"Mark Helprin is a celebrated novelist. Among his best-known works are Winter’s Tale and A Soldier of the Great War."
9. William Kristol
"William Kristol is the editor of The Weekly Standard."
10. Yuval Levin
"Yuval Levin, a contributing editor of National Review, is the editor of National Affairs."
11. Dana Loesch
13. David McIntosh
"Dana Loesch is the host of a nationally syndicated radio program and of Dana on TheBlaze. She also appears regularly on Fox News. Her second Book, Flyover Nation, will be published this spring."
"Andrew C. McCarthy, a contributing editor of National Review, is a former chief assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted terrorism cases."
13. David McIntosh
"David McIntosh is the president of The Club for Growth."
14. Michael Medved
"Michael Medved hosts a daily radio talk show heard on more than 300 stations across the country."
15. Edwin Meese III
15. Edwin Meese III
"Edwin Meese III served in Ronald Reagan’s gubernatorial and presidential administrations. These views are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of any organization with which he is affiliated."
16. Russell Moore
"Russell Moore is the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the author of Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel."
17. Michael B. Mukasey
"Michael B. Mukasey served as U.S. attorney general from 2007 to 2009 and as a U.S. district judge from 1988 to 2006. He has advised the Job Bush campaign on national-security issues."
18. Katie Pavlich
"Katie Pavlich is the editor of Townhall and a best-selling author."
19. John Podhoretz
"John Podhoretz is the editor of Commentary."
20. R. R. Reno
20. R. R. Reno
"R. R. Reno is the editor of First Things."
From Reno's remarks: "This is the most important political and social earthquake since World War II. The conservative movement’s leadership isn’t up to the challenge, and a good number of voters are willing to gamble on Trump’s bluster."...
21. Thomas Sowell
"Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University."
22. Cal Thomas
"Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated USA Today columnist and a Fox News contributor."