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Alternative Facts and True Lies

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Alternative Facts and True Lies

01/27/2017 02:10 pm ET

Gautam Adhikari

Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Alternative Facts and True Lies

Its all in the narrative

By Gautam Adhikari

Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ gautam-adhikari/alternative-facts–true-l_b_14440900.html

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The media are dishonest, says the new president. He accuses journalists of going all out to challenge his assertion that millions of illegal migrants voted in the presidential election to give his opponent a wide margin of victory, whereas he believes it is true, says his press secretary. Its because there are alternative facts to what the media may put out, says an aide to the chief.

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Some say the president is delusional or an incurable egotist. But there might be method in the madness. Is it possible most of us are completely misinterpreting an astute tactic devised by smart strategists in or close to the White House? The more this kind of fact-dilution continues, the more the possibility looks likely. After all, President Trump has a few smart people around him, notably Steve Bannon. He is by all accounts an intelligent, highly educated adviser who has been part of the media and may have a long view on how to disrupt and recreate public opinion. In which case, welcome to politics infused with postmodernism.

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Alternative facts may seem an affront to common sense as well as a blatant attempt to delegitimize evidence-backed journalism. But it fits in with a postmodernist interpretation, prevalent in many liberal arts campuses, of history, or rather of narratives. There are always alternative narratives based on different readings of facts, which may all be equally valid. Thus, scientists may pursue objective efforts to understand reality; but reality, in the postmodern view is relative. It is constructed by the human mind as it tries to comprehend particular and personal realities. Facts, therefore, can always have alternatives.

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For planners of Trumps communications strategy, eroding the credibility of the media and professional experts is probably crucial to their longterm objective. Which seems to be to ensure a conservative dominance of socio-political America in the foreseeable future.They already have the famed checks and balances of the US constitutional structure tilted in their favor. The executive is in their control; the two houses of Congress with Republican majorities are likely to remain deferential to the needs of the president in the foreseeable future; and the judiciary, with numerous vacancies in federal judgeships waiting to be filled and a soon-to-be conservative majority in the Supreme Court, is also taken care of.

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In the media, too, there are convenient divisions. Fox News and and the overwhelming majority of radio talk shows, along with outlets of ethically unrestrained social media, can continue to ensure that the executive branchs view prevails. The rest of the media, the allegedly liberal part, can be aggressively challenged on factual reporting and evidence-based opinion by promoting alternative narratives that can chip away at the credibility of newspapers, TV and policy experts.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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[social-work] DONALD TRUMP : AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL (ALEC) : REPUBLICANS : KOCH BROTHERS : TEA PARTY : ALT RIGHT : MUSLIMS : FOREIGN RELATIONS : FREEDOM OF THE PRESS : CENSORSHIP : VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION : DICTATORSHIPS : BLATANT FALSEHOODS : SERIAL LIARS: Alternative Facts and True Lies

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