At a press conference on Wednesday, Donald Trump told the nation that CNN is “fake news”. That stunning declaration is part of a long-term strategy, honed by the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, to discredit information sources that keep the citizenry informed about reality. For his most ardent followers, Trump’s statement just confirms what they already wanted to believe because so often the man they hold in such high regard is shown by the mainstream media to be a pathological liar, a misogynist who treats women as objects to be used for pleasure only, a racist who betrays our most basic American values, and a narcissistic bully who uses intimidation to cow people and bend them to his will.
Who wants to believe THAT?
And let us be very clear: Donald Trump isn’t the only person benefiting from that desire to be shielded from reality. Here in Michigan, for example, it’s much easier for the people who vote for Republicans to pretend that the Flint Water Crisis was created by Democrats, that the poor school children in our urban areas, and most especially Detroit, deserve to go to school in rat-infested, mold-shrouded classrooms, and that the reasons behind Republicans controlling every aspect of our state government have nothing to do with 17 years of dedicated and determined gerrymandering. That same thing is happening in every red and purple state in the country.
That’s why websites like Eclectablog are going to be such an important asset to democracy in the new era of disinformation and deliberate ignorance we are now woefully in. In addition to our own reporting and analysis, we amplify the important stories to make sure they aren’t overwhelmed and overrun by those for whom the shouting of “fake news” is a sufficient response to hearing things they don’t want to believe about the world they live in.
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[CC Trump image credit: Thomas Hawk | Flickr]