Going into the first full week of the Trump Era in America, I think I know what Trump’s job creation strategy will be. He and his administration is going to create unheard of job growth in the media field if for nothing more than publications having to hire mass amounts of fact checkers to deal with the onslaught of “alternative facts” that seem to appear from thin air.
When I first heard that term alternative facts, I had one of those WTF moments complete with the head twist like dogs do when they see something interesting. Facts are facts. There is no alternative to them. They exist or they don’t.
This whole issue came because of the new press secretary trying to defend his boss’ ego by claiming the inauguration was attended by far more people than actually were there. There was no reason to lie about it. The inauguration was on TV. When the POTUS has an ego so frail that he has to lie about any and everything, it doesn’t set a good precedent for his term, especially considering we haven’t made it a full week into the four years yet.
From the inauguration speech to his address at the CIA, President Trump is setting himself up for four years of defending the most miniscule crap that he shouldn’t have to waste time dealing with. Who cares how many people attended your inauguration? You are not the most popular president in history, not by a long shot. If you keep acting the way you do, you won’t become more popular than you are now.
I really want to give this president the same respect as I did the two previous that I served under. However, I don’t trust people who are habitual liars. Without trust, there is no respect. Period. I will always respect the office, but I don’t have to respect the person sitting behind the desk to show respect to the office they hold.
If we can’t get the administration to be honest about the most ordinary of things, what do we do if/when a crisis occurs and they’re responsible for telling us what is going on? When the press secretary can’t tell an honest fact and has to spin a tale based on alternative facts, the administration should expect for the press to call them on it. If you spread manure on a plowed field, you can’t complain about the stench afterwards.
I sincerely hope the media doesn’t cower to the threats of intimidation and other schemes to manipulate stories. We need a strong press to keep fact separated from fiction. If not, we risk falling for lies and misdeeds and allowing bad things to happen without any repercussions. At the same time, the media doesn’t need to try to over hype things just to sell ad space. This administration appears to be one that will be great for the for-profit media as well as the rest of the press.
I purposefully tried to unplug over the past few days, just to spend time with family away from electronics and such. When you see those closest to you suffering from anxiety over the unknown, you have to do those kinds of things to ensure that they’re okay to function. If the next four years are anyway like the past few days have been, we’re all going to need to take care of ourselves and others to stay sane and avoid being screwed over.