Each day, I receive thousands of messages and emails. Below are three of them from the past 24 hours, and the response I’ve given to each. NOTE: I do not include the last name of the sender unless they explicitly request that I do so.
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1) From Stephanie:
FED UP is an understatement. I do not know how you stay positive. We all had such high hopes when Mr. Trump was elected. He started out with a bang as they say, appointing some great folks, etc. Then he signed some bills that were leading us in the right direction. BUT, I am sorry to say that I am losing all hope that Mr. Trump will be able to accomplish what he promised throughout the campaign.
He is not “one of them,” and they seem to all (Republicans included) want him to fail so that they can get back to having career politicians run our country. I am tired of the daily output of political garbage from the Left. I am tired of the folks we elected showing us their real colors. At this rate, the Left will win in the end and we will all suffer the consequences. Luckily for me, I am 74 so it really won’t matter. But my problem is that I care. If you have any words of wisdom to lift me up back to a positive outlook, I could really use them. Keep up the good work you are trying to do.
DML: So much to say here, but, for the sake of brevity, I will try to put things into bullet points.
1) Reagan was hated by the media when he first started, and he was marked as a president who could not bring his party together. We know how that story turned out, so keep the faith.
2) Reagan was an amazing leader, and one of his greatest attributes was taking responsibility for his mistakes. It’s called humility. My hope is, President Trump will do the same.
Most people want to blame Paul Ryan for the healthcare bill’s failure to pass in the House. In my opinion, the president made the mistake of supporting and trusting Ryan. Perhaps this experience will help the president change gears some? I think Trump can be the next Reagan. But, to do so I think he needs the same sort of humility that made Reagan great. Otherwise, I fear he will be a 4-year president.
3) I do not disagree with you — I do believe the majority of people in D.C. and the in media want Trump to fail, but let’s be honest, this is nothing new. He had to overcome the same odds to win the nomination and election. So, although I remain confident in Trump, he must learn how to outplay his political foes from the Oval Office. Not an easy thing. Reagan did it by showering the media and D.C. insiders with love and kindness. He eventually made it impossible to hate him.
However, the problem goes deeper than most people realize. The Left is great at messaging. They stick together. The Right sucks at messaging, and they are disjointed. This is nothing new, it’s been like this for a long, long time. Trump has to use his marketing skills to reverse this fact. I’m not sure how he can, just yet, but I am sure that Twitter is not the answer.
4) If I could give President Trump one bit of advice, it would be to beg Next Gingrich to join his team as the #1 person on whom he relies.
2) From Robin:
DML, how much does someone get paid for being a contributor or guest on fox or CNN? Do they get paid by their party or the supporters for the issue /position that they’re pushing?
DML: Contributors are paid by the networks. So, for example, Allen B. West is a Fox News contributor — he is paid by Fox News directly. Contributors are paid in various ways. Some are paid per appearance, while others receive an annual compensation. Someone like Newt Gingrich is paid a lot more than someone like Guy Benson, who is a journalist for TownHall.com. Compensation for being a contributor can equal a few thousand dollars per year, and go as high as many millions per year.
3) From Joann:
I’m so frustrated I just had to get it off my chest. I’ve been following you and you have come to be in my daily routine. I’ve learned so much from you. I’m mad with Facebook because I can never seem to watch live and then today I get story after story bashing out President in my news feed!!! I have installed your app. Thanks DML. Keep up the great work you do and best of luck with your new studio. Jo-Ann Husk in Springfield Pa.
DML: I believe Facebook is restricting our reach. For example, we used to grab 5k – 7k viewers on Walk & Talk each day. Now, we see half those numbers. Meanwhile, the amount of email we receive from people who “cannot find us on Facebook” is off the charts, when measuring the amount we received this month versus last month. If we did not have our DML APP alert system in place, I bet we’d be getting 200 people per episode, at best, because Facebook isn’t putting us out to the one million people who follow us.
Furthermore, our website traffic has taken a hit when measuring the leads from Facebook. The company appears to be restricting most of our news posts, but they gladly push anti-Trump posts. For example, we recently posted a story about Hillary Clinton raving about the failure of TrumpCare. It was shared approximately 150 times on Facebook and reached 95,000 people. In comparison, a story about the MAGA March (pro-Trump) was shared 222 times and reached just 35,000 people. A post about Facebook’s new fact-checking service was shared more than 100 times but reached only 3,000 people. Ironically, they asked me to “boost” that post — meaning spend money on promoting it — claiming the post was “doing well.” Is that sarcasm at its best, or can they just not find their buttock with both hands? To conclude, a post about a mosque promoting anti-Jew rhetoric was shared 250 times but reached only 35K. Enough said, see photos.
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