The Lying Press

Politics is complicated and one of the most awkward things in arguing about it is when two people (or entities) who you are opposed to start arguing with each other.  That’s happened several times with Trump, of course, because he eventually winds up arguing with almost everybody.  I’m not about to sing the Koch brothers’ praises just because they’ve turned on Trump, and I’m certainly not going to rush out and buy Omarosa’s book just because she heard Trump say that word, the one that’s an acronym of ginger.  First, it’s not surprising, we know perfectly well he is a racist.   His father was in the Klan, for goodness sake.

His campaign, and his administration, have been racist from the get go.  And she was perfectly happy with it for a long time.  She can’t just come forward and claim to be a champion of the  black race now.  Rachel Dolezal is far blacker than she is, in the way that counts.

Then, there is the whole ‘lying press’ and ‘the press is the enemy of the people’ thing.  Coming from anybody else at all, I’d agree entirely.  They have been spreading lies for a long time.  It was in 1897 that William Randolph Hearst wrote to one of his reporters in Cuba “You furnish the pictures, I’ll furnish the war.”  And he did.  The press helped to lie us into Viet Nam, they sold us the war in Iraq based on complete lies that they knew were lies, and they helped to elect Donald Trump.  So, I’m not too sympathetic with the press.

Over the last couple of days, there’s been a lot of talk about how a hundred  newspapers are writing editorials defending newspapers,  and the role of journalism, from Trump’s unprecedented attacks.  That is not  a terribly surprising, or noble, thing to do.  Newspapers writing editorials saying newspapers are great.  What a surprise.
When they start reporting on the war in Yemen, they might regain a bit of their credibility.  When they start defending Julian Assange, they might regain a bit of their credibility.  But, just saying “We’re not liars” is not nearly enough.  Every liar says that.  Even Trump says that.

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