“Without truth, we can’t speak truth to power, so there is only power” @jasonintrator
Shared truth makes rule of law—and democracy—possible.
This Rand Study explains how to fight Trump's effort to torpedo truth:
builds on Soviet methods— but modern tools make it more effective: The Internet, social media, and amateur journalism outlets.
The Firehose of Falsehoods is “rapid and continuous” stream of lies. https://rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE198.html
The liar has a “shameless willingness” to tell outrageous lies that everyone knows are lies.
The liar doesn’t care about consistency.
He doesn’t care if it’s obvious he’s lying.
In fact, that's the whole point.
@TimothyDSnyder tells how reporters were often so astonished by Putin's outrageous (and deliberate) lies, that they focused on the lies instead of Putin's latest atrocities.
The lies became the news.
The actual news gets pushed off the stage.
From Snyder: The 20th century method replaced the truth with myth.
Today Trump and Putin replace the truth with cynicism:
People eventually give up trying to sort out truth from lies.
Putin tells the people, “Yes, your leaders lie. But others also lie. So you may as well stay with your liar, instead of the enemy liar.”
Notice how this creates tribalism.
He's a liar, but he's OUR liar.
Because Steve Bannon has been in Brazil coaching Bolsonaro (the Brazilian Trump) to do the same thing.
They’re all buddies and learn from each other.
Steve Bannon, the former Trump White House adviser and conservative hardliner, will be a special guest of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for dinner on Monday, the eve of the far-right leader’s...https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article228008904.html
Trump is a natural at the Firehose of Falsehoods method.
He’s been lying all his life.
From the Rand study: The Firehose of Falsehood technique “entertains, confuses and overwhelms the audience.”
By the way, I don’t believe the stories about how Trump is losing it and melting down and is heading for a breakdown.
We’ve been hearing that for years.
I think it’s part of the con.
From the Rand study: While we must refute the falsehoods, “retractions and refutations are seldom effective.”
“Don’t expect to counter the Firehose of Falsehood with a squirt gun of truth.”(p.9)
Instead put on raincoats.
The next step is to counter the effects of the lies.
The effect of Trump’s lies is to undermine and destroy democracy.
So we move quickly to strengthen democracy https://terikanefield-blog.com/things-to-do/
“It’s too late!” Or “there’s nothing we can do” are the death knells of democracy.
The whole point of Active Measures is to get people to lose faith in democracy.
I think by now people have made up their minds about Trump.
If you look at his approval rating over the past 2.5 years, it’s remained fairly constant. (Link in next tweet).
The GOP leadership who haven’t jumped ship yet aren't likely to jump over a new set of lies.
The signs point toward a GOP drubbing in 2020.
The GOP demographics are shrinking. The GOP is splintering into conservatives v. reactionaries https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1169272865113272320
fight the cynicism that can come from the NOAA staff altering the truth to suit the president,
expect more shameless and outrageous lies, and
get busy strengthening democracy
(the democracy is ours.)
The latest: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologist said, “This is the first time I’ve felt pressure from above to not say what truly is the forecast.” Yes, Trump told the NOAA...https://terikanefield-blog.com/a-firehose-of-falsehood/