The anniversary of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency of the US has naturally prompted some soul searching among the punditry, who largely failed to predict his election, and mostly opposed it.
Trump is guilty of most of what he’s accused of, but it is a mark of the paternalist attitude held by many hacks these days that fake news is held so much to blame for the wrong candidate winning, in much the same way Britons were tricked into making the wrong choice in the EU referendum.
In the same line, fake news has caught people’s attention because politics has started to matter again, which tells you nothing good about Britain and America’s ruling classes.
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A New Year, and a new start for both US president-elect Donald Trump and the British Labour party chief Jeremy Corbyn gets off to a successful start – until the men start talking.
With one smearing his newspaper opponents as fake news for publishing a “dossier” of unverified intelligence, while the other adopts as many positions on immigration as he can, it looks like the sequel to 2016 is going to be eventful, if not outright terminal.
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It is not new that both progressives and conservatives think the media is not on their side.
When Charlie Rose read out Vanity Fair’s description of John Oliver as “perhaps the most disruptive journalist on television”, the British comedian replied with one syllable.
“I’m not a journalist at all,” Oliver said. “Obviously, I’m a comedian.”