brave new world

Frank Rich of The New York Times has a good essay about the White House fake journalism scandal. Or, what should be a scandal, but is not registering with a public already inured to the boundary-less blur between news and entertainment. Rich writes:
The inability of real journalists to penetrate this White House is not all the White House's fault. The errors of real news organizations have played perfectly into the administration's insidious efforts to blur the boundaries between the fake and the real and thereby demolish the whole notion that there could possibly be an objective and accurate free press. Conservatives, who supposedly deplore post-modernism, are now welcoming in a brave new world in which it's a given that there can be no empirical reality in news, only the reality you want to hear (or they want you to hear).
The whole thing makes my head spin. This country is turning fascist right before our eyes, and most people don't even notice. Those that are aware are overwhelmed by the rapidity of change and can't regroup fast enough to fight it. I believe very strongly in the power of people - organized people - to effect change, hence the quote at the bottom of your screen. But at the same time, I think things will get much worse before they get better.

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