The description Quote: What has taken hold is an alternate reality, a virtual reality, where lies are accepted as truth and where conspiracy theories take root in the fertile soil of falsehoods.endquote
Another quote worth pondering:
Glenn Kessler, who runs the Fact Checker, wrote a piece about Trump’s post-truth campaign over the weekend. Here’s a key line:
Trump makes Four-Pinocchio statements over and over again, even though fact checkers have demonstrated them to be false. He appears to care little about the facts; his staff does not even bother to respond to fact-checking inquiries.
Glenn’s piece and Marty’s speech make the same point in different ways: Trump and his supporters are simply not interested in the facts. Their distrust of the “mainstream” media is such that anything the media calls a “fact” is assumed to be a lie. Up is down. The sky isn’t blue if the media says it is. Journalists are corrupt and liberal; they couch their biases in so-called “fact checking.”
As I’ve noted to many people who have badgered me about the media not doing its duty in regards Trump’s decidedly casual relationship with fact: You are mistaking a lack of changed minds with a lack of fact checking. There has been a ton of the latter. It has produced almost none of the former. That is not a failure of fact-checking. It is the death of the belief in fact.