I have no idea what’s true and what’s not true in the new book Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, and neither does anyone on cable television repeating its claims like they were a personal witness to the events described in it. But neither does the author, it seems.
In the book’s prologue he wrote, “Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.”
That’s a long way of saying, “I don’t know if all this stuff is true, I didn’t bother to verify it. And I filled in some gaps myself because ‘why not?’”
What’s true and what’s fiction doesn’t matter because as that cable news personality basically put it, it fit what they all believe to be the case. We are now in a time where what is news is determined by the “spidey sense” of activists with media credentials. More.
Reality check: Personally, I see it as the logical outworkings of post-modernism. It feels stupid to traditional or modernist types like us because we tend to think that there is a difference between truth and fiction. The post-modernist does not recognize our distinction. Whether he is stupid or smart will depend almost entirely on how much social power he is granted.
See also: Finally, some realism about Trump’s Twitter presidency
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