[USA] full-saturation disinformation campaign

Subject: [USA] full-saturation disinformation campaign
From: rsw@therandymon.com (RS Wood)
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Date: Jan 07 2019 22:48:15


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The Plum Line Opinion
Trump wants the networks to carry his speech live. They should look at
these charts of his lies.

President Trump at the White House on Sunday. (Alex Brandon/AP)
By Greg Sargent
Opinion writer
January 7 at 3:36 PM

President Trump just announced that he’s giving a speech on Tuesday at
9 p.m. on “the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our
Southern Border.” Various reporters inform us that the networks are
deciding whether to carry it live.

The announcement itself — with its absurd hyping of the notion of a
“national security crisis” at the border — leaves no doubt whatsoever
about the level of agitprop deception Trump intends to employ. So the
networks cannot pretend to be under any illusions about his intentions.

But in case they still are still under any such illusions, these two
charts should put them to rest.

As luck would have it, The Post fact-checking team’s database charts
out Trump’s lies and misleading statements by topic and by date. Here’s
what Trump’s falsehoods and distortions on immigration in particular
look like when broken down month by month:

As you can see, Trump’s dishonesty about immigration has escalated
throughout his presidency. And at moments of political difficulty over
the issue, the lies and distortions have reached staggering heights:
Amid the family separations crisis, those numbers topped an average of
well over 100 per month. And in the run-up to the midterms — when Trump
made his demagoguery about migrants, asylum seekers and the border
central to the GOP’s campaign message -- those numbers topped 200.

A similar dynamic is visible when the lies and distortions about
immigration are broken out by day:

In this case, amid the family separations crisis, the lies and
distortions at times climbed higher than 20 per day, and in the run-up
to the midterms, they rose at times to well over 30 per day. This chart
also shows that, after the falsehoods and misleading statements dropped
off after the election, they have spiked again heading into the
government shutdown fight — another example of Trump facing a very
challenging political moment involving immigration — which is where we
are now.

The networks cannot feign innocence about the near-certainty that Trump
is going to use this speech to lie relentlessly about immigration and
the border. It is now a mostly accepted fact among many journalists and
producers that Trump’s use of disinformation, as distinct from
conventional political lying — in particular, his endless repetition of
lies and distortions after they have been debunked — has combined with
his relentless attacks on the media’s legitimacy into something that
poses special challenges to the institutional role of the press. This
did not achieve sufficient acceptance during the 2016 campaign. (I tell
this broader story in my new book.) Three times the Trump
administration gave misleading immigration numbers

As the government shutdown continues, the Trump administration has been
using misleading immigration numbers to make a case for the wall.
(Joyce Koh/The Washington Post)

In a sense, this decision by the networks is perhaps best seen as a
preview of whether the news media will reevaluate its treatment of
Trump as we head into the 2020 campaigns. In an important Twitter
thread, New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen makes a good
case that the big news organizations and media professionals urgently
need to overhaul their approach to campaign journalism from the bottom
up. This requires a recognition of the unique challenges that Trump’s
innovations — full-saturation disinformation with the deliberate end of
corrupting our political discourse and democracy — pose in the context
of their imperative of maintaining a posture of objectivity and
neutrality, which Rosen dubs the “production of innocence”:

RS Wood <rsw@therandymon.com>

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