Thursday, 12 January 2017

kompromat

For shame on us all for spreading a fabricated story—if that turns out to be the case, without corroborating evidence.  The virulent nature of it, however, does not demonstrate a liberal bias in the media or a conspiracy within the highest echelons of the US intelligence service to discredit the president-elect but rather a reflection of us all: that this rumoured scenario is more believable than the fact a person displaying such an undignified demeanour could hold the office of president.
There was a moment—probably not more than two minutes sadly, when the whole world was of accord on the idea of fake news and were aligned to combat it but quite suddenly its definition expanded from just the propaganda-machines and mudslinging that yields headlines (generated for eking out a little revenue as much as if not more than for the ends of swaying public-opinion) of the outrageous variety to anything editorial or that one disagrees with. The press, no matter how they packaged or prefaced the story—whose salacious bits of course garner the most attention while being the least significant, true or otherwise, part of the dossier, were obligated to acknowledge it, even if it’s credibility seemed rather flimsy, like the notion that the sitting-president’s ascendency was invalid due to lack of American citizenship. Whether that decision to hold to journalistic responsibility possibly at the expense of short-term integrity of image bolsters or further erodes the fidelity of the press (that is, die Lügenpresse, the lying press and another term with the dubious honour of Unwort of the Year; Volksverräter—traitor of the people, was made equally infamous coincidentally just as the president-elect wondered out loud if we were living in Nazi Germany) remains to be seen. This is humiliating. I find myself more and more exhausted and can’t face the fact that this is only the beginning and there’s much at stake.