I’ve been reading CNN’s hapless media critic Brian Stelter again and he is torturing himself trying to defend the media and to discover a way for journalists to cover our Liar-In-Chief. Stelter keeps trying to split hairs on semantic differences between lying with intent, misspeaking, exaggeration, and so on.
Does anyone really care how many angels can dance on a pin?
I think at this point the media needs to return to the Molly Ivins ur-text (paraphrasing): “The first rule of political reporting is to look at the record. The second is to look at the record. And third, look at the record.” It’s kinda like the Fight Club meme.
Ivins was not a big fan of listening to what they said because she knew it was all lies. She looked at their records. Records are facts; words are spin.
Trying to fact check a liar like Trump is pointless. It is all a lie, the media doesn’t need to cover it, and they especially do not and should not echo his lies. What the Villagers do need to do is report what he signs, where he is, with whom he is meeting, and so on. That’s the record. And of course, let the facts lead you to a conclusion (which is really more of a Bill Moyer thing, but the Media is scared of conclusions, no matter how the facts back it up).