Wednesday 25 April 2018

Trump has been granting himself pardons all his life

Trump cartoon.
Trump cartoon.
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Remember the "fact-checking?" Remember that time, so long ago - Lord, it must be six months now - when reporters would attend some Trump event and make a list all the factual inaccuracies in his performance, believing that this was something that they called "good journalism"?

I remember feeling at the time that it was not really good journalism. That it was actually quite bad journalism. A bit like covering a McGregor fight by exposing various errors of grammar and punctuation in the programme notes - not entirely irrelevant, of course, but not really connecting with the essence of the proceedings.

At a certain point they eased off on the fact-checking. By the time the record had been tidied up and we were all feeling pretty good about ourselves, Trump would have committed a dozen more offences against The Truth for us to abhor. And while we were reacting to the latest atrocity, he would be off again, setting up another one for us, so prolific was he in his urge to misinform and to entertain, to get that reaction.

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