“When widely followed public figures feel free to say anything, without any fact-checking, we have a problem. It becomes impossible for a democracy to think intelligently about big issues — deficit reduction, health care, taxes, energy/climate — let alone act on them. Facts, opinions and fabrications just blend together.”
— Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, Nov 16, 2010
Or when the President of the United States and his closest advisors feel free to say anything & base their statements to the media on stories published by conspiracy theorist websites like Alex Jones’ Infowars, we have a very serious problem indeed.
And while I realize that some of my conservative family and friends seem to find it amusing that so many of us (and not only the ‘liberals’) have issues with President Trump, the simple fact is that this is not remotely funny – we can disagree on policy – we can even disagree on the approach to policy and whether it is a prudent one, we can disagree about a wholly unqualified set of cabinet picks and whether that lack of knowledge might actually help cleanup the underlying bureaucracy, but we cannot, should not, must not disagree on the danger inherent in the continual lying and distortion of facts by high ranking public officials. Truth is not relative, and facts are not a matter of opinion.