WASHINGTON, July 17, 2017 — “The prevailing narrative seems to be that gender is a social construct and that people can move between genders to arrive at their true identity.”
So said the New York Times in praise of alternative facts.
In other words, a person can obliterate reality through the simple act of self-identification. Among Catholics, this idea has a doctrinal name: transubstantiation, which states that the communion wafer and sacramental wine literally become the body and blood of Christ through priestly invocations.
The New York Times, like some gender-confused individual shouting imaginary declarations, or a priest issuing heavenly supplications, believes it is imbued with the power to transform reality through mere words.
“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God,” it says in the New Testament book of John.
And so, Joshua Green, speaking for the Jovian mainstream media, wrote in the New York Times that most Republicans don’t care about the mass media’s narrative concerning the so-called collusion between the Russians and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, which they claim denied Hillary Clinton the presidency:
“The conservative press and Republican voters might disagree on certain particulars or points of emphasis. But their view of reality — of what happened and its significance — would have largely comported with that of the mainstream. You’d have had to travel to the political fringe of right-wing talk radio, the Drudge Report and dissident publications like Breitbart News to find an alternative viewpoint that rejected this basic story line.”
Ah yes, the “mainstream.”
Americans have little faith in the guardians of the so-called mainstream – the media. Gallup finds only 27 percent of Americans have “quite a lot” of faith in newspapers, while only 24 percent say the same of television news.
It did not help their credibility that for eight long years they provided cover for the Obama administration’s IRS targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups; brushed aside his talking-points lies blaming an innocent American videographer for inflaming Islamic passions that brought on the attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi; that excused away his administration’s Operation Fast and Furious, which sold weapons to Mexico’s deadly Sinaloa drug cartel, leading to the deaths of hundreds of innocent Mexicans and U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
This media collusion instilled such an overwhelming sense of confidence in President Obama that shortly before leaving office he dispensed some alternative facts for CBS’s “60 Minutes,”
“I’m proud of the fact that, with two weeks to go, we’re probably the first administration in modern history that hasn’t had a major scandal in the White House.”
Getting back to Joshua Green’s New York Times op-ed, he observes that “the populist revolt on the right… killed bipartisan immigration reform in 2013” and eventually led to “the toppling of House Speaker John Boehner in 2015.
“And, of course, the rise of Mr. Trump, whose attacks on the mainstream media have conditioned his supporters to dismiss as ‘fake news’ any reporting that is critical of him or his administration — Mr. Trump has even criticized the coverage of his son’s Russia liaison, where the basic facts aren’t in dispute, as coming from the ‘fake media.’”
White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway was roundly criticized for telling NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the Trump administration had divorced itself from the media’s selective interpretation of reality, favoring their own “alternative facts.”
But one is left with few, well, alternatives, when hiding or altering “facts”, is considered “mainstream” among the nation’s fake news organizations.