Trump’s electoral fiction floats free of verifiable reality. It is defended not so much by facts as by claims that someone else has made some claims. The sensibility is that something must be wrong because I feel it to be wrong, and I know others feel the same way. When political leaders such as Ted Cruz or Jim Jordan spoke like this, what they meant was: You believe my lies, which compels me to repeat them. Social media provides an infinity of apparent evidence for any conviction, especially one seemingly held by a president.
Government has the truth to communicate … the people who are going to pass on our content much more effectively to the public are the people we will focus on, I can tell you this right now… It will continue to work with mainstream media. Nothing is going to change, but you can expect – without a shadow of a doubt – that there will be more usage of media that covers areas which are generally not covered, [like] rural areas… Even if you write badly about government we will still do work with you, the criteria is not to write good about government. The criteria is to report on government work [and] once you’ve reported on government work, you can do what you like to criticise it. – Jimmy Manyi, announcing a new media strategy based on threats instead of persuasionBACK TO TOP