American journalism has long been afflicted with the notion of objectivity, and objectivity of a peculiar nature.
We can’t even begin to number the times editors had told us “be sure to get the other wide.”
The notion of “the other side” is inherently flawed, the concept that truth is like a sheet of paper: First you see one side, then turn it over and you see the other side.
Fix news managed to invert the usual standards by offering “the other side of the story,” giving us the first overt American mainstream propaganda outlet of our own lifetime.
But truth isn’t bipolar. It’s multidimensional, and however thoroughly you dig, there’s always more to the story.
Even more significantly, sometimes the story is so absurdly obviously that that any pretense of objectivity lends it a dignity it doesn’t possess.
As in the case of our President-elect.
We offer two examples of the only way news make sense in the Trumpian era.
First up, a segment from Late Night with Seth Meyers:
Donald Trump’s False Claims and Foreign Policy Moves: A Closer Look
Seth takes a closer look at Presidential-elect Trump’s willingness to make false claims and his shoot-from-the-hip foreign policy approach.
And then this from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee:
The Big Lie
When you’re president, you can tell whatever lies you want. They just let you do it.
As Walter Cronkite, America’s most trusted television newsman of esnl’s early journalism years, used to say: