I am often told that the people of Trump's noise and nonsense are "deaf". But let's examine this for a minute:
Why is there no more indignation?
Some people, mostly Trump fans, excuse or rationalize the lies for various reasons. Others just can not. So much of the anti-Trump outrage from Progressives and Anti-Trump Conservatives and columnists and experts amounts to "He's deceiving you, he's lying to your face, is not it your interest?"
And the press is right Correct answer: If you commit yourself to facts, you get the name "false news". Which is another lie.
Old-fashioned news-business principles disappear in this fog of disinformation. For example, "What the President says is news." I still think that's true, but if he tells you not to trust your own eyes and ears, is that really new?
Müller's Best Moments
Robert Müller was probably the most criticized man in America on Wednesday. And I'll come back to that right away. But I thought his strongest moments were witnessing Trump's claims about Russia, WikiLeaks, special advocacy, and so on. This CNN banner summed it up perfectly: "Mueller: Trump was not relieved, Russia's election campaign was no joke, and investigation was not a witch hunt."
The hearings also reminded the audience of the remarkable number of Trump employees who were caught in the meeting making "false statements" to the authorities.
Rationalism for the Lies
" The public is lying Allen, to injure President, said Allen. Well, it hurt Trump too – he's never cracked 50% in trustworthy ratings reviews, and about two-thirds of voters call him dishonest, meaning that even some of his followers know he's cheated, and that they do accept it.
What are the explanations and excuses for the Pinocchios? I've heard many:
– Some Trump supporters say he speaks to a "greater truth," though he does not understand the smaller facts correctly. For example, when telling stories about illegal voting, he points out a threat he considers real and looks for their votes.
– Other Trump supporters openly accept his personality blunders and sometimes lukewarmly criticize his worst impulses in exchange for long-awaited political achievements.
– Some supporters also say "all politicians are lying" and ignore the fact that Trump's lies are in their own league.
– You also excuse some of its deception as trolling, you know, "own the libs".
– And there are two powerful words that make it a lot easier to look away: "We win."
– Scientists usually find that the conservative media machine does not look much for facts and prefers even the least to promote incriminating statements by the President.
– Influential members of the Pro Trump media reject factual reviews as liberal propaganda and continue to isolate the base.
– Hardcore members of "the resistance" like to say that Trump fans are members of a cult.
I asked the political scientist and Dartmouth professor Brendan Nyhan about it. "We often have trouble telling why people believe things," he told me frankly. "There is a lot of research into & # 39; motivated thinking & # 39 ;, including my work, which finds that people check information that confirms their priorities less accurately, and that they more precisely contradict information that contradicts them Other theories suggest that people affirm things that they know to be at least wrong Some degree of expression of their political feelings / affiliations or this is a way to signal your loyalty to a leader. "
An extremely important investigation of a Russian attack on the US election is therefore a "joke" because the chairman says so.
Does the brain adapt?
I also called Tali Sharot, the director of the Affective Brain Lab and the author of The Influential Mind. Together with several colleagues, she examined how people adapt to lies over time. "If they are lying, they have a negative emotional arousal in their heads," she said, much like self-punishment. But emotion "adapts very quickly." The more people lie, the less they feel this emotional reaction.
Sharot wonders: Do the people around her also adjust if a human lies more monstrously? "It's becoming the norm," she guesses. When I mentioned Trump, she said, "I think a lot of people get used to the lie and they do not look as negative as they did a few years ago."
Trumpworld even lies about the lies!
Reporter: "The president said he was asked by Indian Prime Minister Modi to mediate between India and Pakistan, and India says that this is not even close to the truth, the president just thought it up, sir ? "
Larry Kudlow: "No, the president did not come up with anything, I think that's a very rude question, I'll stay out of it, it's out of my lane."
Lying should be front and center
But Dale is still the exception. Most media still do not put the lies front into focus most of the time. Many news agencies are still wary of the word. And I understand – not everything is a lie – but many of the President's tweets and quotes can be described as misleading, manipulative, or illogical, even if they are not completely fact-free. An increasing number of White House correspondents, broadcasters and columnists are convinced. However, some newsrooms are still reluctant to speak that truth. (Look at the recent debate on whether he should call his racist tweets racist.) The result: The bar is far lower for Trump than for other political leaders.
The end of the impeachment debate?
Oliver Darcy emails: When the history books are written, Wednesday will probably be remembered as the day when the possibility of an impeachment investigation by the Russian probe was put to bed. The Republicans did not believe Müller, and there was little chance he could speak to change their mind. Mueller's testimony forced the Democrats to act and convince the minds of Americans who live in the political center. It was not like that.
Mueller's report may be damned, but his performance was anything but. His lackluster testimony, often puzzled and confused, actually helped the Republicans and Trump allies delegitimize Müller's results. Müller's enigmatic clips are already flying around in the right-wing media universe and are played up by Trump. While it is unlikely that the testimony will move the needle for Congressional Democrats or people in the center of the country, it will certainly help harden Trump's base …
The "optics" debate
Social Media Everywhere On Wednesday there were complaints about experts commenting on the "look" of the hearings. It has now become a meme.
Brian Lowry emails: During the first session, MSNBC's legal analyst, Chuck Rosenberg, revealed what seemed like a reprimand to some of his colleagues: "There is a difference between exciting and important, there are things that are exciting, that are not important, and there are things that are not particularly exciting." Rosenberg's statement to Chuck Todd, but which could easily apply to any number of people who characterized the testimony as "catastrophic," almost from the beginning, or from those who got carried away too much, is the book ; This is the analogy to the movie.
Obviously, the audience, which has been heavily involved in the Trump presidency, has reacted poorly to the assumptions required by today's hearings to bring glamor and showmanship into the narrative. In a way, it all comes down to the idea that the impact of the day will come less from the hours that are seen live than from the way the points and allegations affirmed by the testimonial are recycled and spun – a process that admittedly will see people receive this information through their usual message bubbles …
For the first part
Comparing and Contrasting
An hour later, Nancy Pelosi spoke like a friend while speaking at a press conference. "President Lincoln said the public feeling is everything, so that the public can feel it, the public needs to know," she said. "I hope you communicate the truth to the public and we believe that today was a milestone to better inform this mood."
As it reports on Fox
But" the reaction of Fox & # 39; on-air staff on Wednesday: It Fox & # 39; s Chris Wallace said during the first break in the judicial committee hearing: "This was a disaster for the Democrats and a disaster for Robert Müller's reputation." The Comment has been transcribed by Trump and tweeted quickly … "
What Hannity said
Rudy Giuliani began and finished his day with Fox – before he prepared the hearing at" Fox & Friends "and then recorded a victory round in Sean Hannity's show.
>> And Fox just announced that Trump will be in Hannity's on Thursday night Call show. Fox counts it as an "exclusive interview …"