Instruction manual for a Trump coup never made to Network News. Why not?


Eastman (L) and Rudy — January 6th
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In a normal world, the “Eastman memo” would be infamous by now, the way “Access Hollywood” became the popular shorthand in 2016 for the damning recording of Donald Trump’s bragging about groping women…But it’s a good bet that most people have never even heard of the Eastman memo.

That says something troubling about how blasé the mainstream press has become about the attempted coup in the aftermath of the 2020 election — and how easily a coup could succeed next time.

The memo, unearthed in Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book, is a stunner. Written by Trump legal adviser John Eastman — a serious Establishment Type with Federalist Society cred and a law school deanship under his belt — it offered Mike Pence, then in his final days as vice president, a detailed plan to declare the 2020 election invalid and give the presidency to Trump.

In other words, how to run a coup in six easy steps.

Immediately after the memo was revealed, according to a study by left-leaning Media Matters for America, there was no on-air news coverage — literally zero on the three major broadcast networks: ABC, NBC and CBS.

Uniformly, they offer the same excuse. Essentially, they say, Well, it didn’t happen. There was no coup. So, it’s not news.

8 thoughts on “Instruction manual for a Trump coup never made to Network News. Why not?

  1. Mark says:

    Umm doesn’t a coup normally require the military to enforce it? The military leaders mostly hate Trumps guts.

    I say again. If it was a coup, it was the worst coup since the Beer-hall Putch. Looked to me like a bunch of knuckleheads cos-playing a Q-Anon fantasy. Wouldn’t surprise me that they we egged on and enabled by the FBI for the obvious benefit of the ruling party.

    Look at the ‘Freedom for Jan 6th’ rally last month. There were more media and spooks there than actual protestors. Seemed like a total stunt to me. Rent-A-Knucklehead.

    The Dems just love putting Jan 6th on the headlines to distract from their feeble and embarrassing attempt at legislation. Those cos-players that broke into the capitol or threatened people should have the book thrown at them, but coup? Nahhh…

  2. Grasping@straws says:

    “Critics pounded former Vice President Mike Pence’s claim on Monday that continued media reporting on the Jan. 6 insurrection was aimed at demeaning supporters of ex-President Donald Trump.
    Pence, appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, suggested news outlets’ ongoing focus on the deadly U.S. Capitol riot by a mob of Trump fans was solely an attempt to “distract from the Biden administration’s failed agenda.”
    “They want to use that one day to try and demean the character and intentions of 74 million Americans who believed we could be strong again and prosperous again, and supported our administration in 2016 and 2020,” Pence charged. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mike-pence-jan-6-sean-hannity-fox-news_n_615c01fae4b075408bdb29dc
    See also “Mike Pence just said something absolutely ridiculous about January 6” https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/05/politics/mike-pence-january-6-sean-hannity/index.html

  3. p/s says:

    “The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday released a sweeping report about how former President Donald Trump and a top lawyer in the Justice Department attempted to overturn the 2020 presidential election.” https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/07/politics/senate-judiciary-committee-investigation-trump-2020-election/index.html
    Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” Thursday morning, Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said the US was a “half a step away from a constitutional crisis, a full-blown constitutional crisis” and explained the events unfolded in three phases.
    “First phase, Trump goes to court. Loses every lawsuit, which claims there was voter fraud in the election. Next, he decides he has to take over the Department of Justice and the attorney general, and have the attorney general push this narrative on to the states to tell them to stop from sending in their Electoral College vote totals. When that failed — and our report goes into graphic detail of the efforts that were made — the third step was to turn the mob loose on the Capitol the day we were counting the ballots,” Durbin said, referring to the January 6 riot.

  4. Cooperating Witnesses says:

    The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection issued its third round of subpoenas on Thursday, this time targeting additional organizers of the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the violent Capitol insurrection. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-jan-6-committee/2021/10/07/131829f0-2796-11ec-8d53-67cfb452aa60_story.html
    The committee already issued subpoenas to 11 individuals affiliated with the planning of pro-Trump rallies before the attack and are now seeking information from right-wing provocateur Ali Alexander, the leader of Stop the Steal, and Nathan Martin, who said he is affiliated with Stop the Steal and is listed as the representative for “One Nation Under God” on a permit application to rally on Capitol grounds.

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