Dan Bongino's 12-step program

Dan Bongino is a Republican running for Congress. He is a rare gem who needs our support.

Scrolling through his blogs recently (all of which are fantastic), this one caught my eye. Perhaps because I am a maven about political activism.

I write often about the damaging effects of ideological bias in the media and academia and am frequently asked, “What can we do?”

Well, everyone loves a twelve-step program, so here’s yours to fight back against the media/academia/interest-group triumvirate which is laying waste to an honest political dialogue and a better tomorrow:

1) Cancel any subscriptions, and do your best to avoid clicking on Internet stories from media outlets that refuse to operate in an unbiased manner. Clicks and subscriptions are their life-blood and we should not assist them in their battle against us.

2) If you advertise with a media outlet that refuses to operate fairly, seek an alternative. There are a growing number of media outlets which cover the news honestly who would be happy to help grow your business. We will be taking our battle to their advertisers shortly.

3) Before you donate another penny to your college or university, email or write them and ask them about their efforts to hire professors with a diverse ideological world-view in their humanities and journalism departments. If they cannot answer that question then tell them that you cannot donate any longer.

4) Use your television viewing wisely. Any program which utilizes its platform to demean or ostracize people who don’t follow the liberal playbook is a program you should avoid. I know it’s tough, but it’s the only way to change it.

5) Use your movie/entertainment dollars wisely. See above for explanation.

6) Use every opportunity to speak to friends, family and neighbors and reframe the false, media-driven narratives. If they mention a “war on women”, acknowledge that under this President women have never done worse economically. When they default to false, race-based accusations, acknowledge that employment, health and education-based outcomes in the minority community have been growing much worse under this administration. I understand you may not want to lose friends by discussing politics, but do you want to lose your country? Your choice?

7) Encourage your children to attend academic institutions which have a reputation for education, not indoctrination. Look at their work and their assignments and talk to them, you will likely be unpleasantly surprised at what passes for education.

8) If you are a candidate or elected Republican, Conservative or Libertarian, do everything in your power to leverage the tools we have. Grow your social media base and talk to people without the biased media-filter. Call in to talk-radio as often as the hosts will allow and use old-fashioned grassroots tools such as door-knocking relentlessly. All of these are free and they prevent biased reporters from spinning the story.

9) When you see an example of obvious media-bias, use social media to name names. Don’t attach their story and drive traffic to their site, but ensure your audience knows this “journalist” is not a trusted-source.

10) Subscribe to the email lists, Facebook pages, social media platforms, and twitter accounts of the Conservative and Libertarian bloggers in your area and nationally. Do everything you can to share and forward their content.

11) Use the language-wars against them. Terms like “extremist” are used in the media to refer to positions which disagree with their viewpoint. Regardless of where you stand on issues such as abortion, there is nothing “extreme” about being pro-life. However, it is extreme to try to paint abortion as a humorous subject as some far-left groups are now trying to do in an attempt to rescue an argument they are losing. Whenever they ask or write about “extreme” views be sure to reframe it and ask them why they are covering up for left-leaning interest groups and their extreme positions.

12) Most importantly, understand that you are not alone. What they casually mock as “fly-over-country”, people they refer to as “clingers” and “extremists” are what the rest of us refer to as Americans. Your viewing habits, subscriptions, buying patterns and education choices are collectively powerful enough to permanently put these frauds out of business. I wish it didn’t have to be this way, but this is a fight we didn’t start, but I am sure we can finish.

Yup to all of the above.

Dan Bongino is a Republican running for Congress. He is a rare gem who needs our support.

Scrolling through his blogs recently (all of which are fantastic), this one caught my eye. Perhaps because I am a maven about political activism.

I write often about the damaging effects of ideological bias in the media and academia and am frequently asked, “What can we do?”

Well, everyone loves a twelve-step program, so here’s yours to fight back against the media/academia/interest-group triumvirate which is laying waste to an honest political dialogue and a better tomorrow:

1) Cancel any subscriptions, and do your best to avoid clicking on Internet stories from media outlets that refuse to operate in an unbiased manner. Clicks and subscriptions are their life-blood and we should not assist them in their battle against us.

2) If you advertise with a media outlet that refuses to operate fairly, seek an alternative. There are a growing number of media outlets which cover the news honestly who would be happy to help grow your business. We will be taking our battle to their advertisers shortly.

3) Before you donate another penny to your college or university, email or write them and ask them about their efforts to hire professors with a diverse ideological world-view in their humanities and journalism departments. If they cannot answer that question then tell them that you cannot donate any longer.

4) Use your television viewing wisely. Any program which utilizes its platform to demean or ostracize people who don’t follow the liberal playbook is a program you should avoid. I know it’s tough, but it’s the only way to change it.

5) Use your movie/entertainment dollars wisely. See above for explanation.

6) Use every opportunity to speak to friends, family and neighbors and reframe the false, media-driven narratives. If they mention a “war on women”, acknowledge that under this President women have never done worse economically. When they default to false, race-based accusations, acknowledge that employment, health and education-based outcomes in the minority community have been growing much worse under this administration. I understand you may not want to lose friends by discussing politics, but do you want to lose your country? Your choice?

7) Encourage your children to attend academic institutions which have a reputation for education, not indoctrination. Look at their work and their assignments and talk to them, you will likely be unpleasantly surprised at what passes for education.

8) If you are a candidate or elected Republican, Conservative or Libertarian, do everything in your power to leverage the tools we have. Grow your social media base and talk to people without the biased media-filter. Call in to talk-radio as often as the hosts will allow and use old-fashioned grassroots tools such as door-knocking relentlessly. All of these are free and they prevent biased reporters from spinning the story.

9) When you see an example of obvious media-bias, use social media to name names. Don’t attach their story and drive traffic to their site, but ensure your audience knows this “journalist” is not a trusted-source.

10) Subscribe to the email lists, Facebook pages, social media platforms, and twitter accounts of the Conservative and Libertarian bloggers in your area and nationally. Do everything you can to share and forward their content.

11) Use the language-wars against them. Terms like “extremist” are used in the media to refer to positions which disagree with their viewpoint. Regardless of where you stand on issues such as abortion, there is nothing “extreme” about being pro-life. However, it is extreme to try to paint abortion as a humorous subject as some far-left groups are now trying to do in an attempt to rescue an argument they are losing. Whenever they ask or write about “extreme” views be sure to reframe it and ask them why they are covering up for left-leaning interest groups and their extreme positions.

12) Most importantly, understand that you are not alone. What they casually mock as “fly-over-country”, people they refer to as “clingers” and “extremists” are what the rest of us refer to as Americans. Your viewing habits, subscriptions, buying patterns and education choices are collectively powerful enough to permanently put these frauds out of business. I wish it didn’t have to be this way, but this is a fight we didn’t start, but I am sure we can finish.

Yup to all of the above.