As national media outlets ask “What’s Next on the Trump Agenda?“, they perhaps work too hard at answering the question. As academic experts, confidential sources and pundits eager to make sheer guesses fill the airwaves, the answer sits before our very eyes… in the supermarket checkout line.
As Irregular News noted last month, two supermarket tabloid publications — the National Enquirer and the Globe — are controlled by David Pecker, a personal friend of President Donald Trump. For more than a year, both publications have been featuring news “stories” that have consistently lauded Donald Trump and consistently insulted his rival Hillary Clinton in a manner that mirrored and occasionally anticipated the Trump campaign itself. As we enter into the era of the Trump Administration, we need look no farther than the end of the supermarket checkout aisle for signs of Trump’s intentions. The front pages of these tabloids are an avenue for Donald Trump to directly bypass professional journalists and broadcast the propaganda messages he wants millions of Americans to absorb.
This week, the two publications reveal the twin obsessions of Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton and the authoritarian state of Russia. Donald Trump cannot let go of a grudge, and will continue to use his power as President and friend of rich tabloid publishers to grind down the woman who dared to make him look stupid and laugh at him. And what plans for Donald Trump are being cooked up by Russia? The front page of the Enquirer tells it all: a new pro-Russia stance that ignores Putin’s violent, dictatorial, corrupt impulses, papers over the Russian hacking scandal and deflects enmity to China and North Korea. The ultimate end of Putin’s influence over Trump is not clear, but this is at least the immediate direction in which the international intrigue should unfold next.