Wednesday's HOT MIC

Wednesday's HOT MIC

This is hilarious:

Apparently, some on the left believed Tucker when he said that President Trump staring at the sun with his bare eyes during the eclipse was the "most impressive thing any president has ever done." Humorless dolts.

That said, while I'm a huge fan of satire and think it's an important part of our political discourse, I'm not sure Fox News in prime time is the best platform for that. This 2014 article in The Atlantic described how the Russian "media" regularly blur the lines between truth and reality. It describes Putin's campaign of information warfare:

In today’s Russia, by contrast, the idea of truth is irrelevant. On Russian ‘news’ broadcasts, the borders between fact and fiction have become utterly blurred. Russian current-affairs programs feature apparent actors posing as refugees from eastern Ukraine, crying for the cameras about invented threats from imagined fascist gangs. During one Russian news broadcast, a woman related how Ukrainian nationalists had crucified a child in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk. When Alexei Volin, Russia’s deputy minister of communications, was confronted with the fact that the crucifixion story was a fabrication, he showed no embarrassment, insteadsuggesting that all that mattered were ratings. “The public likes how our main TV channels present material, the tone of our programs,” he said. “The share of viewers for news programs on Russian TV has doubled over the last two months.” The Kremlin tells its stories well, having mastered the mixture of authoritarianism and entertainment culture. The notion of ‘journalism,’ in the sense of reporting ‘facts’ or ‘truth,’ has been wiped out. In a lecture last year to journalism students at Moscow State University, Volin suggestedthat students forget about making the world a better place. “We should give students a clear understanding: They are going to work for The Man, and The Man will tell them what to write, what not to write, and how this or that thing should be written,” he said. “And The Man has the right to do it, because he pays them.”

"Fake news" has become increasingly difficult to spot, even for media professionals. News outlets ought to be very cautious about blurring the lines between news and entertainment. With trust in the media is at an all-time low, now would be a very good time to start putting a higher value on credibility.