I thank Todd Gitlin in The Media Rapture of Donald Trump for bringing to the surface the most profound understanding of our President-elect.
BUT LET ME STAY for a moment with the uncanny depth of what journalism failed to grasp about Donald Trump, for it also goes to a systemic incapacity. Tony Schwartz, Trump’s onetime ghostwriter, told Jane Mayer: “More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true. (my extra emphasis added)
Fact checkers be damned. They are irrelevant, of no consequence, and downright irritating at times.
Not only is our next president unfazed when the New York Times asks, "Why Does Donald Trump Lie About Voter Fraud," but the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, can respond to 60 Minutes, "It doesn't matter to me..."
Remember those 1100 Carrier jobs that Trump saved? It seems the numbers are not quite accurate, as the union president responded: Trump Lied His Ass Off:
Trump last week claimed he talked Carrier into keeping 1,100 jobs in Indianapolis, but that number turned out to actually be 800 because Trump and Carrier counted 300 jobs not initially at risk of being shipped overseas.
Trump offered the furnace and air conditioning manufacturer financial incentives to save from jobs being shipped to Mexico, a move that would have saved Carrier about $65 million a year.
The Truth is Dead, long live the Truth.
Note: This post is Part 1, since we know there will be repeated obituaries for the Truth.