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Response to malthaussen (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:08 AM

6. Lakoff does offer some solutions

Agee with all you said.

For those who might not want to click on the article, here is what they suggest for the media:

First, journalists must understand how propaganda works on the brain and grasp the cognitive science that marketers of propaganda have implicitly mastered: frames, metaphors, narratives and brain basics.

Second, keep a steely focus on the fact that American democracy is under attack by a foreign power, possibly with collusion from the sitting presidentís campaign. This is a crisis. Certain rules donít apply in a crisis, especially the rule that the press must amplify the presidentís words, whatever they are.

Third, stop letting Trump control the news cycle. Newsgathering should be a serious affair controlled by editors whose power rivals any politicianís. Stop chasing his tweets and elevating every sideshow. Start every story with truth and the context of whatís really important to citizens in a democracy. More BBC, less TMZ.

Fourth, donít spread lies. Donít privilege Trumpís lies by putting their specific language in the headlines, the leads or the hashtags. Donít repeat the lies assuming people will automatically know theyíre lies. People need to know the president is lying, but be careful about repeating the lies because ďa lie repeated often enough becomes the truthĒ. Repetition of lies spreads them.

The job of the free press is to seek the truth and report the truth, especially the morally important truths and their consequences. If the press fails to do this job, not only does it lose its freedom, but we all do.

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