The corporate media is still operating by the old rules in which they defer to power by taking each presidential announcement and action at face value. That’s been a dubious approach for years, especially in the post-9/11 era in which the Bush administration boasted about creating “our own reality.” Now the media are confronted by a Trump administration whose chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, was likened to notorious Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl with “sincere admiration” by dead fabulist Andrew Breitbart.
The media need to wrestle with how Trump will be all about affect—the emotional bond and mood he creates with his supporters will outweigh any allegiance to fact or reason. In October Trump lied about stopping Ford from building $2.5 billion worth of factories in Mexico. On Nov. 17 Trump lied about preventing Ford from moving a separate plant from Kentucky to Mexico. Then on Thanksgiving Trump claimed he was “making progress” in stopping Carrier from moving an air-conditioner plant and its 1,400 jobs from Indiana to Mexico. The company acknowledged it was talking to Trump but added, “Nothing to announce at this time.” Months earlier Trump lied about being able to impose a tax on Carrier’s goods imported from Mexico if it moved the plant—only Congress can do that. He also lied about U.S. manufacturers paying a 16 percent tax in Mexico as the tax applies to all manufacturers there. Read More
Now Trump is lying about voter fraud, claiming that he won the the popular vote as well as the electoral college vote. Considering the number of false statements that he has made to date - during the campaign and prior to it - maybe we should be calling him "lying Donald."Related Articles:
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I do not see how the electoral college could block Trump from becoming president unless a significant number of the electors decided not to vote for him. There is little likelihood of that happening. Trump has the electoral votes to become president. He does not, however, have a popular mandate although he is falsely claiming that he does. With a Republican Congress he does not need a popular mandate unless he alienates the Republican members of Congress.Trump 'furious' over Kellyanne Conway comments on Sunday shows about Romney: Sources