I have written stories about his lies, falsehoods, whoppers, half-truths, salesman-like stretches. The reality is that what he does can be hard to label because, as anyone who has worked for him will tell you in candor, he often thinks whatever he says is what’s real. https://t.co/0gJbgzgbjK— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 27, 2018
NO DAMMIT, NO! When someone says a statement that is provably false at the time it was said, they are lying. And their repeated untrue statements should not even be reported on, except in the context of "President Trump continued a false claim of _______"
But there's a pretty good reason why Haberman refuses to call BS on the president and the rest of the lying scum that seems to be a part of TrumpWorld. Because she stands to make a lot of money from hanging around TrumpWorld.
And the multimillion deal with Random House for a book on Trump had nothing to do with, right?https://t.co/Zm84ekSyYQ— Gordon Gekko Cell LLC (@GordonGekkoCell) May 28, 2018
At the same time, it illustrates how absurd Haberman's "I don't know what's in Trump's head" dodge. What's the point about writing an "insider's view of the White House" if not to give a reader an idea of what goes on inside's Trump's head? Which makes the answer obvious - Haberman needs to maintain access to the President and his staff, and therefore, she can't tell the full truth about what's going on, lest she be shut out of interviews and other information that helps her write articles and make her book more interesting.
When she was called out for her obvious lack of courage to call out Trump's lies, Haberman then tried to blame others for pointing it out, and claimed that doing so makes Trump stronger.
Thanks Daniel. One more I’d add in your list - 4) Trump critics who use their large platforms to amplify his attacks on the press/accuse reporters of bad faith are helping him immeasurably. https://t.co/0INClFcrIy— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 27, 2018
How is that OUR fault for recognizing where you are falling short? Here's the difference, Mags. Righties call out the media's motivations when they report facts that they don't like, or things that hurt their fee-fees and otherwise make them uncomfortable. While on the left, many of us are call out media because of what they are choosing NOT to do. Too many are failing to inform their audience of facts, and not calling out things that are not true, especially when the media members KNOW the facts and know what Trump and other Republicans are saying is not true.
And that can lead to people being uninformed, or worse, MISinformed. The Washington Post's Greg Sargent has consistently pointed out that the greatest damage to our country from Trump's lying isn't that the president is dishonest. It's that the vehemence of the lying and the refusal of the media to call it out makes it harder for the average person to have a clue on what the facts truly are.
I don't think "bullshitting" is adequate to the real goal here. It implies that this is just about him skating by when it's really about destroying the possibility of shared agreement on facts and the institutional role of independent journalism in our democracy.— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) May 27, 2018
This leads to a "He said, she said," style of reporting that makes the average dope say "Who knows what the truth is?" And that gives a huge advantage to right-wingers who are not constrained by facts or decency in their statements.
For example, there was this damning finding from a poll last week.
Make no mistake. Trump is a brilliant con man. He and his Fox News disinformation machine are winning the battle.— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) May 24, 2018
59% of Americans don’t realize Robert Mueller’s investigation has uncovered crimes.
5 guilty pleas... so far.https://t.co/p7s4nmdyw6 pic.twitter.com/6rRLTZF8Nl
"Has Robert Mueller found criminal activity?" Is not a debatable question. People HAVE ADMITTED to breaking the law in this probe. The fact that it is unknown for a majority of people that were questioned in this poll is proof that the media is failing to do its job in reporting facts.
And we need to use our voices to not only hold the right-wingers to account, but also to watch over and call out a media (and frankly, the DC Democrats) that aren't doing THEIR JOB in making the righties pay a price for their lying, deception, and destruction. Or else we all will lose much more than an agreement on facts.