Wednesday 20 September 2017

Colette Browne: Trump's attack on media should remind journalists to do their job

Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a statement while screens show a picture of President Donald Trump’s inauguration at the press briefing room of the White House. Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters
Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a statement while screens show a picture of President Donald Trump’s inauguration at the press briefing room of the White House. Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Serious people who work for serious media in America are in something of a crisis. Donald Trump repeatedly, blatantly and unapologetically lies, and they don't quite know what to do about it.

They knew he lied before the election. He often made completely contradictory statements within a couple of hours, denied making statements despite video evidence to the contrary, and routinely spewed spurious statistics and psychotic conspiracy theories to bolster his threadbare arguments.

Somehow, they thought that once he assumed office, things would be different; that he would become president and the gravitas and responsibility of the office would, by a process of osmosis, somehow override his innate inclination to insult, deceive and mislead.

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