Wednesday, December 02, 2015

The real reason the media is rising up against Donald Trump

Updated by David Roberts on December 1, 2015, 12:50 p.m. ET, Vox

Something new and morbidly interesting is happening in US politics and media, but no one can agree on exactly how to characterize it. Superficially, it is about the lies told by Donald Trump, but it's about much more than that, as well.

As Jay Rosen documents in a recent post, the Beltway political media has recently become alarmed by Donald Trump's lies. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, to whom "nothing is shocking anymore," says there used to be "a line that wasn't crossed in years past, a sort of even-partisans-can-agree-on-this standard," but Trump has crossed it. NBC's First Read, the blog of Meet the Press, says Trump has taken lying "to a level we haven't seen before in American politics." The Post and New York Times editorial boards have both publicly wrung hands. Our own Dylan Matthews wrote recently about how Trump's lying has flummoxed the media.

As everyone acknowledges, politicians have always lied. So what's going on here? How are Trump's lies different? Are they just more voluminous, more flagrant? Or is there something deeper going on that has unsettled the media establishment?

That was foreshadowing! Because, yes, I think there is something more going on.

(More here.)

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