Post-Truth – An Era When Facts Just Don’t Matter

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The Oxford dictionary and the accredited media agree that the word of 2016 is “Post-Truth”, a term describing an era in which political campaigns are fought on the basis of emotions rather than cold, hard facts and policies. This was the essence of Trump’s campaign, which was characterized by emotional slogans like “Make America Great Again” and “Build The Wall”, designed to paint a vision for a stronger and safer America without any grounding in facts or reality. This stands in stark contrast to Obama’s fact-based “Hope And Change” campaign, and Hillary’s “Stronger Together” and “I’m With Her” campaigns, which were based on sound, fact-based policy plans with minimal emotional appeal.

This new political paradigm in large explains why Hillary lost. Unlike Trump, she ran a fact-based campaign with clear policy decisions such as firmly standing up to Russian aggression and creating good-paying jobs in the green energy sector. Her plan was approved by a variety of top economists, while Trump’s unrealistic tax plan was criticized by numerous economists for being dangerous and costly. The accredited media desperately tried to communicate the facts about Hillary’s qualifications and sound plan for America, and the fact that Trump basically didn’t have any policies, except for his vague tax plan, and various other emotionally charged points about the VA and immigration. The fact that Trump won despite this monumental media effort to educate the masses, just goes to show that facts simply don’t matter anymore.

Post-truth explains why politics is now a totally different ball game to the fact and reason based campaigns of the past. It’s now about who can shout the loudest and work their supporters up into the biggest hysterical frenzy. A big part of ending this ghastly era of post-truth will be banning fake news, which confuses people into distrusting the information they hear over the accredited media, even when it is fact-checked by independent institutions like Politifact. This will hopefully bring some sanity back to politics, which will allow qualified accredited political candidates to rise to power once again, and implement sensible fact-based policies such as standing up to Russian aggression, common-sense gun control, action to tackle climate change, sanctuary cities to help struggling undocumented Americans, and sensible internet regulations. The era of post-truth needs to come to an end, or America and the free world is well and truly lost.

richandrenee

Wow – what a ground breaking article MDB. As usual the Accredited Times is not afraid to deal with the issues in an honest and fair way. Trump and his Russian backers have buried the truth in an avalanche of lies, deception, misinformation, and fake news propaganda.

We are heading to a very dangerous place. The people must revolt and install Hillary to her rightful place as President – before it is too late.

jfb
jfb

Where are all those people who were protesting against the Russian coup in Washington? Only a few weeks ago people were gathering under the banner “Not My President!” but it seems that they now prefer slavery over freedom.

Black Lives Matter

I just do what my media tells me to do. Right now, I understand that I’m supposed to act bitter and angry at post-truth politics and that I need to support banning fake news. Maybe the media wants to wait until Trump takes office to protest fully to at least pretend to give him a chance? I’m not sure, but I do intend on protesting at the inauguration and continuing to engage in community activism against police brutality, racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and Islamophobia.

Pbier
Pbier

The Free-speech/ Free-thinking experiment has gone too far. Law courts are full to bursting on a daily basis because of debates over what the truth is; our media is full of fake-news, and there is even disagreement on historical facts.

More than ever, we need a central arbiter of the truth just so we can get on with our lives. As with everything, the obvious answer is to set up a dedicated branch of the government which is charged with determining the truth both in the present and past tenses. Given his firm stance when dealing with Putin’s lies, it seems to me that Obama would be an ideal head of the Department of Truth.

Black Lives Matter

Which Obama? I think Michelle, Barack, Malia, and Sasha would all be well-qualified, but I’d like to see Michelle take over as President. It’s time for a womyn President.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

I know that the AT, as an international and popular news organization, has subscribers from all countries. I live in the USA (which is a large country in North America, in case you want to find it on a globe.) I will give a link to an article illustrating the problem in the government of the USA, namely, that there are 15 executive departments in the US government, but there is no Secretary of Truth:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_of_the_United_States

I think that AT subscribers in many other countries will recognize that their governments have a similar defect.

Black Lives Matter

I’d like to see one Ministry of Truth under the control of the UN. After all, truth is always the same, so it makes sense to have one ministry for everyone.

le-tard (French) = The-Late (English)
le-tard (French) = The-Late (English)

I gave the solution above and brain chip we should be a perfect utopia. We are in dire need of rehabilitation camps for anyone that opposes progressive common sense.

Alexander
Alexander

World citizens can no longer be trusted with the vote responsibility because world citizens are subject to too much information that destroys the critically-need consensus narratives that ensure progress and prosperity for all. The problem is that the Internet is filled with lots of past information that is easily accessible to propagandists that can be taken out of context to create an apparent conflict with present official narratives. For example, the health of the planet desperately needs public support for strong defensive measures against Russian aggression, and the driver of the public support should be the unambiguous, clear-cut evidence of Russia’s hacking of the U.S. presidential election. However, propagandists are presently able to pull from historical accounts of CIA hacking of foreign elections to create an appearance of U.S. hypocrisy on this issue. It is now clear that the NSA program of collecting everyone’s information is not sufficient. We now need a way to ALTER past information to unleash current truths. The only way to counter the lies and propaganda is to remove access to or rewrite historical actions, statements, and positions of U.S. and world leadership that will otherwise confuse the public into believing the lies and propaganda of Russia and Alt-Right anarchists. We must unburden world citizens of their historical information overload, and leave history to the historians!

le-tard (French) = The-Late (English)
le-tard (French) = The-Late (English)

Alexander,

I found a resolution for all that. See my comment above.

Insha Allah, if we unite as one it can be done.

ExpatLogger
ExpatLogger

Don’t I know you from a previous life?
Or are you another Insha Allah I’ve not yet met?

le-tard (French) = The-Late (English)
le-tard (French) = The-Late (English)

Yes we know each other. Why are you being offensive and repeat what I wrote as a mockery?

Are you islamophobic, racist and bigot? If so, I don’t want to talk to people that are fake like you.

ExpatLogger
ExpatLogger

There are so many of you lately, its hard to tell.

le-tard (French) = The-Late (English)
le-tard (French) = The-Late (English)

Solution:

Petition UN to disband USA and constitution and have UN as government.

Remove and destroy all historical landmarks that represents USA.

People should not vote. Have the hardliners progressives choose leaders in the government.

Ban access to history from the people. Intellectual few should have access to history.

Ban Christianity and instill Islam.

Open up rehabilitation camps for people that oppose progressive ideologies.

victorshaw401k
victorshaw401k

A remarkable article that succinctly summarizes the political strategy (or lack thereof) of the degenerate demagogue (#notmypresident, #stillwithher) and his Kremlin backers. Trump’s campaign was a yuge, unpresidented circus based on hate, misogynistic methods of grabbing women and insulting virtually every race on the planet.

Richandrenee’s plan is a sound one. The UN, aided by an information czar/inquisitor, would dispense real news to help working-class America families make the correct choice for themselves and posterity. It is important to be on the right side of history. The UN could also work with responsible telecommunication companies (and the NSA) to ensure rigid compliance. Purveyors of false news would have their internet connection banned for an indefinite amount of time by their service provider (and also placed under closer scrutiny by the NSA). The cable bill, still paid for by the wrongdoer, would fund this program while also serving to isolate Kremlin apologists. Think of it like an internet time-out for potential defectors (with multiple offenders being subject to some education). Drastic times require drastic measures and the Kremlin threat cannot be taken lightly.

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