POV | Bill Lamb

Earlier this week, I pointed out why I think President Trump's constant complaints about "Fake News" are unwarranted. Now, I want to go into more detail about why they constitute such a danger to our nation.

A journalist's job is to keep tabs on the government by impartially observing how they operate, separating fact from fiction, conveying the results to the public, and letting us take it from there. Since that's a necessary job none of us could do individually, it's a critical feature of the American system.

While it may be easier to rebuff any information that challenges assumptions we've grown comfortable with than to carefully question whether the new information deserves consideration, that's what thinking people do.

Non-thinking people, conversely, never want to question the rightness of what they think they know to be true, even in the face of irrefutable evidence. And Trump has been more than happy to exploit this weakness by deploying his "Fake News" strategy.

That's classically known as "blaming the messenger," and it's lately taken a tragic turn by prompting the easily-led to physically engage honest journalists as "the enemy."

This is un-Americanism at its most blatant. So my advice to you is the next time you hear ANYONE insist some new revelation is "Fake News," consider the source.

And its motives.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.

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