Amidst a Game-of-Thrones battle scene of reporters positioning to ask Donald Trump a question after the Miami Republican debate, I heard him tell a lie.
When asked about reports that his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski forcibly pulled Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields by the arm when she asked the GOP frontrunner a question, Trump said, “Nothing happened. This was, in my opinion, made up.”
This, according to an eyewitness account from Ben Terris of the Washington Post, is a lie.
“His campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, roughly grabbed the arm of a Breitbart reporter who tried to ask another question as the candidate made his exit,” Terris said.
Trump also said, “the Secret Service said they knew nothing about it.” That also defies logic since there is secret service swarming around Donald Trump at all times.
And The Daily Beast reported Lewandowski admitted to manhandling Fields to one of his BFFs from media ally—Breitbart News.
But, you know, this is the stuff of make believe, in Donald Trump’s post-truth America.
Like so many of Trump’s lies, and subsequent violent rhetoric and provocations, the churn-and-burn political news cycle will march on with his lies floating in the air, disappearing like pixie dust.
At best, journalists will tepidly challenge him before moving on to the next story, at worst—seemingly the new normal—not even bother.
It’s the post-factual America the bloated ego of a reality-TV-star-turned-
autocratic-fire breather has created.
It makes sense to a certain degree. As BuzzFeed’s McKayCoppins told me in an interview last night, the cable news sites and digital networks can’t help themselves with going soft on the Donald. After all, he is showering them with a tsunami of soft dollar bills garnished by his ratings prowess.
So that’s why Donald Trump repeatedly lying about being against the Iraq War before it started was never really challenged by the media, or even other candidates, that to a lesser degree, lie a lot themselves.
That’s why when the smoking gun from 2002 showing Trump telling Howard Stern he’s for war with Iraq, it wasn’t banner breaking news and a disqualification akin to Romney 47% fame.
This is why Trump blatantly lying about seeing “thousands of thousands” of American Muslims cheering on a New Jersey rooftop on 9/11, the media goes into a short-term tizzy for a day or two, and after Donald doses them with some good ole fashioned Donald deflection and deceit, the cameras move on to the next outrageous verbal Trumpbomb he detonates.
And of course, this is why the man who burst onto the political scene by race baiting—and lying—about President Obama’s birthplace, is now able to run for president, simply saying, “I don’t like to talk about” that subject anymore.
When does telling lie after lie once again become more than a blip on the radar. When do cable news executives click out of their Scottrade accounts and realize giving a lying demagogue this platform is the antitheses to journalism and fact gathering.
Borrowing from Ted Cruz’s hysterical calls to take our country back…
When can we take our truth back?
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