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Musings on President Trump's Inability to Tell the Truth

Robert Franklin

Posted on October 23, 2018 19:36

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President Trump has proven himself to be a prolific liar. While we should absolutely care about it, the President's propensity for truth distortion is becoming harder to report... and even harder to care about.

"Did you hear that President Trump said something about a ten percent tax cut for the middle-class?"

"Yeah..."

"But, Congress isn't in session. How can he do that?"

"He can't."

"But he said he would."

"He can't."

"Do you think he'd do an executive order?"

"He told a reporter it won't be through executive order."

"How's he going to get it done?"

"Congress, apparently."

"But they're not in session."

"Yeah."

"So he's lying?"

"Of course."

"This is outrageous!"

"Yes, it is."

"Why aren't you more pissed?"

"Meh."

I think, as we approach the 2018 mid-term elections, we're broken. We're nearly two years into Donald Trump's USFL-ing of American politics, and it just feels like nothing we hear or see elicits a genuine response anymore. Our news outlets are reporting on every falsehood, half-truth, and reality-TV-worthy soundbite, column inch, and tweet that escapes the President, daily, and what used to be vibrant, aggressive rebuttal and direct, thought-provoking exposition on their damaging effects seems to, instead, incur merely a "meh."

I think there is a distinct possibility that Donald Trump has frustrated us to the point where frustration is routine, and routine, unfortunately, does not make for great news reporting.

While looking for something to write about this week for the Latest, I came across a few articles about President Trump's claim that a ten percent middle-class tax cut will be implemented before the mid-terms, without executive order and without Congress.

Two years ago, I would have raged about this, calling President Trump a buffoon, or something like that, and with the avidity of an overzealous witch hunter, accused him of essentially lying for lying's sake and duping a large percentage of the population who are enamored with his bad hair and worse politics.

But 2016 Robert isn't 2018 Robert. 2016 Robert thought this was worth reporting, each and every time. 2018 Robert believes President Trump's routine falsehoods -- still flagrantly false and categorically destructive -- are low-hanging fruit.

Reporting on President Trump's ability to lie, get caught, then double-down on the lie, has become routine, and routine, as I said, does not make for great news reporting.

Now, none of this is to say that we should stop caring about the president's falsehoods, half-truths, and reality-TV-worthy soundbites. We should still call him out on them whenever possible and try our best to hold him accountable for them.

These claims are easy fodder on which to rake the president across the coals and these stories ultimately provide nothing substantial. The detractors who call him out sound like broken records, while the president, his cohorts, and his groupies are plugging their ears and shouting "fake news" like a hyper-partisan incantation.

It's kind of twisted that we've ended up here, where due diligence, competent reporting, and workmanship from the Fourth Estate is without its power, reduced to recycling the same story with different details. Or as the president would tweet, "SAD."

Robert Franklin

Posted on October 23, 2018 19:36

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There's no real relief for the middle class in Trump's tax cut plan.             

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