Two words made a huge impact on where we are as a divided nation: "Fake News."
Millions no longer trust viable news sources and instead embrace what their peers recommend or looks attractive. This strategy is not unique, is modeled after other previous autocrats, and has proven to be quite effective. The message is so tried and true that other autocratic leaders across the globe have been copying the resurrection by the one that made it popular again in the greatest democracy in the world. Accusations, actual charges, counts of impeachment, sexual assault suits, Covid, were all hoaxes and "fake news." Masks and vaccinations make you "look weak" and are dismissed openly, while embraced secretly. Military service is for "losers and suckers". It's OK not to disclose or pay taxes as an "elected" official and it's fine and dandy to mock, abuse, ridicule and threaten anyone who doesn't agree with the autocratic cult. "Lock her up," "Lock them up" all fire the bellies of the red meat "base". It's even OK to say elections are "rigged" and the outcome must be fraudulent. Based on what? Nothing. It's the huckster, con-artist carnival barker that has the biggest megaphone and today the message is amplified in seconds around the world.
Two words resonate with millions and you don't have to offer evidence or prove a damn thing. So easy. So effective. No soul or humanity required. Putin must be thrilled and Roy Cohn would be very proud.
When Kellyanne started with her "alternative facts" bullshit when TFG first got into office, it literally scared me. I realized at the time they were just going to deny reality. Unfortunately, that worked for their supporters.
It also brought to mind a quote from Rove when W was in office;
Were an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while youre studying that reality judiciously, as you will well act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and thats how things will sort out. Were historys actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.
our "modern politics." MSM with a few exceptions allowed it to go largely un-challenged. Alternative facts are simply lies. H called out "Donald's alternative reality" in the 2016 debates.
It belongs. Look how the MSM has attacked Biden over and over. For 2 weeks they have been unfit to watch. They had to pause a little yesterday when the President was out among the victims in La.
But this morning they were right back to bashing. I try to watch but have to turn it off. Breathlessly saying what Trump said last. The MSM pushed the war and now are angry it is over.
who inherited a pandemic, an un-winnable war, voter suppression, a coup attempt, attack on women's rights and is firmly stating facts with resolve. But, MSM apparently doesn't want these issues resolved or addressed. Quite the conundrum.
The MSM is not our friend. They have turned into hateful fear mongering, worse than tabloid trying to keep their ratings up.
CNN has become worse than Fox. MSNBC no better. They constantly show Fox clips of Trump. Bring on every disgruntled Biden hater they can find. Now they are bringing on refugees we brought out to complain how chaotic their departure was. Instead of being grateful.
yet another piece of propaganda invented by WW2 Nazi's. they went on to outlaw free speech altogether. If there were no Nazi's theer would have been no trump.