A Great Editorial on the Importance of Truth and Facts

Diane Ravitch's blog

Please read this editorial, written by Kevin McDermott of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


“In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it.”

— George Orwell, “1984”

Leslie Stahl, the “60 Minutes” correspondent, said earlier this year that in 2016, she asked then-presidential candidate Donald Trump why he incessantly attacks the press. His response, she said, was: “‘I do it to discredit you all and demean you all, so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.’” Which is about as credibly Trumpian an anecdote as you’ll ever hear.

Trump’s strategy from the start has been to obfuscate reality on issues big, small and even tiny. (Remember his insistent lies about the size of his inauguration audience?) With this counterfactual sabotage, he reduces the very concept of objective reality to just another opinion, so he…

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