One of the funny–or at least peculiar–things about this is that it could be one of the truer things that Donald Trump is saying.
Trump’s “what you see and what you read” does not here refer to Orwell’s “the evidence of your eyes and ears,” not if he is referring to the “news media,” which it appears he does.
I need to quit calling these people news media, I guess. But do we really imagine that Fox, MSNBC, CNN, the NYT, WaPo, PBS, et alia have decided to buckle down and do journalism just because Donald Trump continues to lie?
Are we not to remember that Hillary Clinton’s internal memos and emails showed her instructing at least most of those same outlets and Debbie Wasserman Schultz actually dictating them copy as recently as 2016? Can we not recall that Democrats coined the term “fake news” to refer to Internet discourse carried on by non-corporate sources as damage control when their emails were published, only to drop it quickly when Trump immediately co-opted it to address the corporate press (mostly).
Maybe that’s easier to accept if one realizes that the corporate press does not particularly favor Democrats, but established corporate and beltway insiders who are sources of money and news copy. The balance would likely have been different had the election been the near-twin neocons HRC & Jeb Bush.
Of course we had better know that Trump is lying, at least about most everything else. But it is not helpful that this gets presented as though it means that there is another major corporate and political power that is telling the truth.
It is particularly disturbing that this happens in the context of not discussing in any depth the tariff issue. I do not see any reason to assume that Trump is handling this at all well, but it is not like tariffs or even a trade war are automatically bad. The so-called “free” so-called “trade” agreements have been catastrophic.
Here’s a piece on the lack of news coverage of Yemen. Orwell’s “eyes and ears” have little to do with Stormy Daniels.