8.6 C
New York
Sunday, May 9, 2021

Fire and Terror and Trump

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Thursday night. Fire at the Marine Corps barracks in New York City. Murder on the Jersey Shore. A plane with no pilot crashes into a house in Florida.

It was all happening on the same day, and some members of the news media decided to cover the news in a way that — not long ago — they would have run (and not mentioned) with a story like that: emergency vehicles, helicopters and police cars plastered on the screen, as if the public needed to see proof of the dangers we face.

Doing so — balancing the imperative to share information in an emergency against the desire not to alarm viewers — means trying to play the watcher or reader along on the route of reality. And that can be really challenging in this day and age.

The challenge becomes particularly hard, by choice, when the object of the news is President Trump and his often outrageous comments, without some significant basis in fact.

In some cases the debates about war and peace can amount to which side is right and how to keep them from renewing conflicts, or whether we should engage with China over Taiwan or not. But after days of escalating the controversy with unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about his opponents, how much news coverage is left to offer of the facts and experiences of the voters?

- Advertisement -

Latest news

‘No question, we can do better’: How to overcome the stigma of experiencing traumatic events

A year ago on this same date, a nation was first rocked by the Department of Justice’s charge that far too many African-Americans —...
- Advertisement -

How to run a dream vacation and still save money

Been training with people to teach them how to fly without spending much time worrying about the plane falling out of the sky. What...

The Champions League Final is a long way from the Nou Camp

For the first time in its history, the UEFA Champions League final will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, instead of its traditional...

Will jobs ever return to the artisanship industry?

Paris-based luxury and lifestyle brand Hermes was careful to remind its executives that they were talking about conditions for everyone — not just employees...

Related news

‘No question, we can do better’: How to overcome the stigma of experiencing traumatic events

A year ago on this same date, a nation was first rocked by the Department of Justice’s charge that far too many African-Americans —...

How to run a dream vacation and still save money

Been training with people to teach them how to fly without spending much time worrying about the plane falling out of the sky. What...

The Champions League Final is a long way from the Nou Camp

For the first time in its history, the UEFA Champions League final will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, instead of its traditional...

Will jobs ever return to the artisanship industry?

Paris-based luxury and lifestyle brand Hermes was careful to remind its executives that they were talking about conditions for everyone — not just employees...
- Advertisement -