The fake news phenomenon entered a new phase
The President’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey has brought us a series of changing stories on just about every aspect of what happened.
This has included different versions of when President Trump decided to do it, why he decided to do it, who suggested he do it, the significance of doing it, and the FBI’s reaction to him doing it.
When I watch the daily press briefings, it feels like a rehearsal where the writers are changing the script faster than the actors can memorize their new lines.
It’s pretty clear that the president really doesn’t care what his spokespeople tell reporters, as long as they fight back against the negative questions.
Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Kellyanne Conway are not really spokespersons. They’re the offensive line protecting the quarterback so he can throw the next interception (I realize this would be a better analogy if it were football season).
But the point is, the daily briefings have become a waste of time because they always focus on the latest inconsistency. By now we should know that inconsistency is pretty much the only consistent theme at the White House.
So what’s the point of asking “how come today’s tweet contradicts yesterday’s tweet?” The person at the podium has no idea why Mr. Trump just tweeted whatever he tweeted. Trumpish is just not easily translated into English.
But I realize these daily briefings are a tradition, essential to the illusion of transparency. Plus, it is kind of fun to watch the wheels turn, kind of like an afternoon at the Improv.
All I ask is that if you’re going to make up stuff, could you at least make up stuff that’s a little more plausible? We are in the news business after all.