The Saturday Paper has a lead article this week (ending today) on fake news
which I recommend, and it's available at
It begins thus:
Somewhere in the middle of 2002, when the Bush administration was making its
case for the Iraq war, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind had an
illuminating conversation with a senior adviser to the president on the subject
of truth and reality.
Suskind recounted it in a piece for The New York Times Magazine in October
2004, headed "Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush": "The aide
said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community',
which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your
judicious study of discernible reality'. I nodded and murmured something about
enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That’s not the way
the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We’re an empire now, and when
we act, we create our own reality.'"
Suskind wrote that he did not at first realise the full significance of what
the adviser said; that it wasn’t just about the Iraq war, but about its whole
approach to governing and maintaining power.
...and much more; the article is mostly about the possibly decisive role of
fake news during the Trump campaign and how it was done. If political
administrations feel they can now ignore the real world then I think we're in
for a torrid time.
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