June 2, 2017
Alex Roarty & Lindsay Wise
McClatchy DC reports that the 2018 GOP strategy will be to discredit & attack the media.
Attacking the free press degrades our democracy. There is a difference between bias and fake news.
Let's be clear, attacking the media is a fascist strategy.
"Are we really in a post-truth era? Somebody on the Internet said so. Many people, actually."
"Behind the fake news crisis lies what's perhaps a larger problem: Many Americans doubt what governments authorities tell them, and also dismiss real news from traditional sources. But we've got tips to sharpen our skepticism."
"Centre will tackle interference in upcoming election as fears grow over propaganda websites allegedly linked to Russia."
"The new unit will aim to counteract interference in the Czech Republic's forthcoming general election, to be held in October, amid polling evidence that online disinformation is influencing public opinion and threatening to destabilize the country's democratic system, established after the fall of communism in 1989."
Steve Bannon, former head of the white nationalist outlet Breitbart News, is Trump’s Karl Rove. He knows. In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Bannon suggested that the key elements in his strategy are dissimulation and “darkness.”
“Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power,” he said. “It only helps us when they get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”'
Jacob T. Levy
Jacob T. Levy
Saying something obviously untrue, and making your subordinates repeat it with a straight face in their own voice, is a particularly startling display of power over them. It’s something that was endemic to totalitarianism.