Liar Liar!

I read much of the online commentary about the 2012 election between Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney I don’t recall the liar theme ever appearing. But over the past year cries of “liar” directed against political opponents most notably by Mr. Trump against lying Ted, and now by journalists in online articles  with headers numbering Trump lies reported by news organizations with even Canada’s Toronto Star informing the American electorate are appearing with increased frequency. In today’s Toronto Star we read that “Donald Trump said 52 false things last week”.

Story image for donald trump from Toronto Star

Donald Trump said 52 false things last week

Toronto Star12 hours ago
A woman wearing a Muslim headscarf walks past Donald Trump supporters before the start of the annual Muslim Day Parade in Manhattan on …

All this anti Trump stuff does what they say Donald Trump is responsible for. It incites people. The raging words and statements they all attribute to him in bold headers seem shouted in anger to provoke anger. For weeks his accusations against illegal migrants from Mexico have been inaccurately blasted as attacks on all Mexican immigrants. Hence Donald Trump is against immigration, a racist, a bigot, and a liar. Their comments seem not to be reports of what Trump has actually said he wants to do, but paraphrases of how what he says makes them feel about him. So he’s become a “low life liar” a conspicuous rant by Agatha and Harry in the movie “Matilda”, liar, an unexplained epithet hurled throughout online articles as though the vehemence conveyed by the word “liar” has become a media weapon like “racist” and “sexist”, added to the verbal quiver of the educated elite. These rather mindless characterizations of the man that no self respecting media/articulate person could favour too often seem lacking in fore thought, relevant experience or learning. It’s as though a journalist may paraphrase Trump’s most recent rhetorical outbursts and all English language media organizations from Australia to England and North America repeat it, almost word for word as though the only world media people know is the “fact free” collegial world of righteous media. A recent confession by one of those writers, one I used to consider informed about current political affairs illustrates how I’ve been viewing media coverage of the Republican primaries following the August 6, 2015 debates.

In his March 18, 2016 article, “No, Not Trump, Not Ever“,journalist Brooks  says, “…Moreover, many in the media, especially me, did not understand how they would express their alienation. We expected Trump to fizzle because we were not socially intermingled with his supporters and did not listen carefully enough. For me, It’s a lesson that I have to change the way I do my job if I’m going to report accurately on this country…”Though this confession tells how political experts erred in predicting Mr. Trump’s success to date by not “socially intermingl[ing] with his supporters” it fails to mention that Trump’s supporters and Mr. Trump himself are members of a coarsened North American society, and reminds me of his dismissive PBS News Hour comments about Mr. Trump after the August 6, 2015 debates. Perhaps pundits’ choosing to not mingle with Trump’s supporters shows a preference for the ethereal confines of middle class collegiality and an intergalactic aversion to rubbing shoulders with this poorer populace “alienated” through nearly 2 generations of ongoing economic, social and cultural neglect.


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