Trump is a master at playing the media and focusing attention on his issues on his terms.
Here are three items a vibrant press should ensure enhance the national conversation.
- Ten million more Americans in 2018 voted for Democratic representatives than Republicans.
- A clear rejection of Trump positions and attitudes, yet rarely mentioned to leaven the proposals out of the Trump administration.
- Is Trump our president or are we his subjects?
- Do we want a George Washington or a George the Third?
- Trump’s rejection of Constitutional oversight is based on the position he is above the law.
- Ten thousand lies, misstatements, and very low probability opinions have a profound effect on decision-making.
- The poor choices will cause problems for many years, even when masked by the DC circus.
- The media needs to make truth sandwiches of Trump’s tweets.
Washington Post counts Trump’s lies, but how often have you read or heard a report that ties them to proposals. Probably one hundred times less than the trumpeting of the policy proposals.
Huge differences in the relative presentation of alternative views results in a distortion of thoughts (due to ready-made fallback rule of thumb, when you have no personal experience with the issue, the truth lies midway between two most extreme positions you hear).
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