The Death of the Media, Cont.

Trump vs. Trump?

AP:

“Trump has told confidants in recent days that the revelation of an informant was potential evidence that the upper echelon of federal law enforcement had conspired against him, according to the three people who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. Trump told one ally this week that he wanted “to brand” the informant a “spy,” believing the more nefarious term would resonate more in the media and with the public.”

Look, prznint stupid is a known liar, he lies to us about things small and large; he lies reflexively, he lies strategically, but he lies, Lies, LIES.  All the time! In the excerpt above, he is strategizing how he will lie to us and it was published. This bit of info, however, was buried deep in the AP article and was not the lead, which is kind of shocking.

The Reliable Sources email thingie misses that point but makes a different, solid point:

There’s a “tell” in many of Trump’s comments about this controversy. Usually it’s the word “if.” Or “maybe.” Or “possibly.” Or “or!” The caveats give him some wiggle room while he’s promoting a full-fledged conspiracy theory.

On Wednesday he tweeted that this “could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!” Notice the word “could?” He’s hedging, but readers and viewers are left with the impression that he wants — that there’s some sort of sinister plot against him.

So journalists are having to work very carefully to fact-check the claims. Some outlets are rising to the challenge better than others. Here’s my column about this…

…but this time there is no wiggle, it is an outright lie. Yes, the press needs to factcheck everything (including, “um,” “uh,” and “the”) coming from the mango-hued shitgibbon’s mouth. But maybe the Villagers should stop repeating the lies themselves. They are echoing and amplifying lies, and it is having an impact:

“…More Republican voters are saying that they are skeptical about Mueller’s inquiry. And much of the news coverage has shifted to claims that Trump has been making about the investigation rather than findings of the investigation itself. To be fair, Mueller has kept a tight lid on the investigation, leaving somewhat of a vacuum in which Trump’s criticisms have had free rein.”

So, because Mueller cannot issue a comment, Comrade Prznint can frame the news and the Villagers echo his frame. Trump is playing the media for rubes, and this may be the only time that he is right.

 

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One Response to The Death of the Media, Cont.

  1. RWW says:

    You can’t be a victim of gaslighting when you know gaslighting is going on. At this point the media, at least parts of it that should know better, are aiding and abetting pure propaganda and outlandish conspiracy mongering.

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