The big victory of Trump and the GOP has been turning the truth inside-out.
With Donald Trump’s ascension as the GOP’s presidential nominee we’ve clearly entered a new stage and as usual this election cycle it’s happening much more rapidly and in ways that have caught media and political elites by surprise.
But how we got here and what lies ahead share much more in common than most are willing to admit – most pointedly the extent to which the media and the GOP have created the Trump candidacy—despite all their professions of dismay—by decades of devaluing objective reality.A classic book on this subject is Mark Hertsgaard’s On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency. In an early passage about the GOP’s role in the abandonment of reality, he wrote:
Leslie Janka, a deputy White House press secretary, who resigned in protest after the administration excluded the press from the Grenada invasion, went so far as to say, “The whole thing was PR. This was a PR outfit that became President and took over the country. And to the degree then which the Constitution forced them to do things like make a budget, run a foreign policy and all that, they sort of did. But their first, last and overarching activity was public relations.
(ed:..now how is that description by janka not the playbook john key uses..?..and of course before him – helen clark..)