Andrew Breitbart called Steve Bannon his Leni Riefenstahl. Obscure reference there. Leni Riefenstahl was an inventive woman film maker. A German woman film maker who ended up making propaganda films for the Nazis.
The Right has a well funded ecosystem. If you say the right things, if you’re- as they say in the South sometimes- if you’re ‘right thinking’, you could find yourself in a very lucrative career.
This guy Stephen Miller who is turning up on all the cable shows saying crazy things on behalf of the Trump Administration (“The president’s powers here are beyond question,” and “The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see, as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”), this guy- he entered the Rightwing media ecosystem when he was a highschooler by challenging the school administration about things like saying the pledge of allegiance and then getting interviewed by local Rightwing radio talkers. Now days he’s pulling down a large executive branch salary and spewing fascist sound-bites on the weekend cable shows. Fascism has always paid well.
There’s Sebastion Gorka, who passes himself off as an academic but who has a sketchy background, and in the world of real national security academic types gets no respect. When Bannon took over Breitbart he heard Gorka making insane noises about Islam on Fox and hired him to be National Security Editor for Breitbart. Right now he’s well paid and busy figuring out how to get the US into another ground war in the Middle East.
This small publication, Resistance, is a garage band level publication, put together and launched with a few people and about $6,000 dollars. We’re not making enough to pay the bills yet. I’m not complaining, just publishing the facts. When Tucker Carlson launched the Rightwing Broham rag, DC Caller, he did so with at least $3 million from Rightwing dunce Foster Friess, and I’ve seen from some sources that suggest it was more, much more, that came from Koch brothers organizations. Now Tucker has a cheap trick douche show on Fox. The Rightwing ecosystem is lucrative if you can keep up the unhealthy noise level.
Erick Erickson has a similar Rightwing media ecosystem story. Make the right kind of crazy sounds and you will be paid well. But Erickson took the unpopular stance of opposing Trump during the campaign. The whole thing was beyond my understanding. He drew a hard line against Trump, supposedly, because of Trump’s misogyny. Trump implied Fox’s Megan Kelly was on her period and therefore unreasonable. The thing is Erickson has done similar or worse. He used his rag, RedState, to constantly call Wendy Davis ‘Abortion Barbie’ when she was running for governor of Texas. There may well have been more to the story of why Erickson opposed Trump.
Not long after Erickson took a stand against Trump he left RedState and has kind of been a voice in the Rightwing wilderness. A ghost. Then suddenly– He’s back. With a new online rag, Resurgent, and he’s bitching about CPAC. But, as with everything in the Rightwing media ecosystem, you can’t just start up a publication in that world without backing from a rich fasco-capitalist. It’s just not done. And it’s still not.
Enter Rightwing Christo-fascist-capitalists the Ricketts family, hailing from Wisconsin, where their Super-PAC: Our Principles, is all up in the Rightwing ecosystem world. They were anti-Trump but now seem to be onboard, kind of… But they’re also funding Erickson’s new venture, Resurgent.
So, what’s the take away here? Well, first of all- It pays a lot better to be a soulless Rightwing zombie. Secondly, there seems to be some hedging of bets in the Rightwing ecosystem about the viability of Trump. Thirdly, this insular, incestuous ecosystem of the Rightwing media does not invite critical thinking and that is probably their biggest weakness and what, almost certainly, allowed Trump to take over their party. And that problem is not going away anytime soon.