During the 2016 presidential campaign, there was a lot of talk about the possibility that even if Donald Trump did not win the election, that he would continue to have a presence that would stage counter attacks using the media against a Madame President Hillary Clinton through what was then being referred to as the Trump News Network.

When Trump became politically ready

The idea was not so far-fetched for the simple fact that Trump had already tested well with conservative audiences. Many in the media saw Donald Trump as media ready when he influenced and led the way of far right conservative attacks against the opposition with the Obama birther conspiracy.

The idea was that because Barack Hussein Obama was black and had a Muslim name, that he wasn't born in the United States and therefore, was not supposed to be president.

Trump branded news network origins

The other reason to believe that a Trump News Network was around the corner was that it would only add another and perhaps even more robust product under the "Trump" brand name. After all, Donald Trump's entire career was built off of his surname on the side of hotel buildings, bottles of wine, online university banners, clothing, etc. Perhaps a third reason was that well-established conservative media services would gain a lot of ground for the Republican Party through Trump as they had already established themselves as changing conservative media through the eight-year-old Tea Party movement.

Russia Today, Breitbart and Bannon

But the reality of a Trump News Network became more apparent when Breitbart -- a growing online media brand with it's support for Trump -- was contributing to the "pooling collective" of Russian state propaganda services. The presence of internet news services like Breitbart and Russia Today (RT) were flooding social media and the political climate during the 2016 election.

The connection between Donald Trump's campaign and conservative media was further confirmed when the former head of Breitbart News Steven Bannon joined the Trump campaign.

Bannon had already shown himself to be very effective with staging influential media attacks against Hillary Clinton and congressional Republicans, such as he was able to influence other conservatives from the far-right Freedom Caucus to force House Speaker John Boehner to resign.

Bannon's addition to the Trump campaign team would further confirm what many already assumed, that the Trump News Network was in the making.

At the end of 2016, it was reported that a member of Trump's campaign staff took a meeting with the owner of a media network perhaps to discuss establishing a pro-Trump media service. On June 2, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did a 20 minutes segment on the Sinclair Broadcast Group which has already been gaining a lot of coverage over their buy outs of many local news affiliate stations, which the program detailed. Their report shows the logo for a Sinclair affiliate Circa.

Sinclair Broadcast Group/Circa news get the jump on Trump Jr. meeting

Over the weekend, the development of the story around Donald Trump Jr's meeting with a Kremlin lawyer became the source of spin for President Trump's wall of legal defenders.

It was reported that Mark Corall0, the spokesman for Trump's own personal lawyer Mark Kasowitz, claimed that the meeting was a "set up" and that they had "learned" that the person who initially sought Trump Jr. to meet with the Kremlin lawyer was connected to a U.S. political firm called Fusion GPS.

On Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, President Trump's White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that Fusion GPS was subpoenaed by the Senate Judiciary Committee over the investigation on the Trump campaign colluding with Russian officials. Both Priebus and Corallo have suggested that the origins of the entire Russian hack into the DNC might have come from the Democrats themselves.

Both have stuck to the script of saying that the meeting with the Kremlin lawyer was a "set up" by Democrats to make it seem as if the Trump campaign was colluding with Russian officials.

During Priebus' interview with Wallace, he cited the article by Circa News, a company that was purchased by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. It would appear in this case that the Trump News Network is beginning its propaganda campaign. Here's a clip of that interview with Chris Wallace and Reince Priebus as captured by Dose of Dissonance.

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