Chris Cuomo from CNN interviewed Kayleigh McEnany, the Trump Campaign’s very own Kelly Anne Conway, last night. It did not go well.
Cuomo confronted McEnany about Trump’s lies. Kayleigh responded that gravity pushes airplanes up into the sky, and anti-gravity allows cars to drive on the ground:
“He doesn’t lie,” she insisted. “Guess who lies? The press lies.”
Says the spokesperson for the most trustworthy, least racist, most stable genius, in all of history.
Then it got real:
“I’m going to ask you this one more time, Kayleigh McEnany, do you believe this president has ever lied to the American people?”
“No,” McEnany said. “I don’t believe the president has lied.”
“Wow!” Cuomo said, adjusting his earpiece. “That blew the IFB right out of my head.”
“Do you believe the fake news media has lied?” she said.
“Interview’s over, Kayleigh,” he said. “Please.”
Cuomo then noted that if Kayleigh cannot admit to a single lie, she will have no credibility with the American public, and that she has a long way to go.
Here is the tape, see me below:
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) August 29, 2019
There is real danger, though. CNN is caught in a bind. They cannot allow unrepentant liars to sit there and spray utter garbage around the studio. But, if that is the overriding principle, and it should be, they cannot ever invite a Trump administration or campaign person to an interview, because we all know this is the result. Every. Time.
It sets up a dynamic where Trump can claim victimhood again, and that the “Fake News” media doesn’t want to report any good things about him. They have an agenda against him
One hopes that the majority of the American public has gotten a little too savvy to buy that line continually, and they likely have, but it isn’t healthy.
The “do you think the media lies?” retort is the most dangerous. The “media” was not being interviewed, Kayleigh was. Cuomo could have responded quite easily: “I am sure there have been circumstances where some in media have been less than truthful, I cannot control that, I know that I never knowingly lie. Now, having answered your question, are you still insisting that you work for the one person in history who has never once lied?”
Or something to that effect.
Never forget that among the rules of the propaganda science (and, as I have said before, it IS a science), is to never admit any fault, ever. Moreover, an even more insidious rule of propaganda is to throw so much shit out there, some true, some false, some in-between, that you wear people down, convincing them that the truth is unknowable. In other words, the goal is not to get the audience to actually believe that Trump never lies. No, the goal is to get the audience to believe everyone lies, that it is all “equal,” that the truth doesn’t actually “exist” because everyone has an agenda, and thus nothing can be trusted, from anyone, ever.
Have you seen a commercial for the New York Times lately? The quiet one, with no sound? It highlights that the “truth” is important. It is quiet, black screened, intentionally slow. It is anti-propaganda. No flashing lights, no pitchy sale, no glamour, a black screen, printed letters, highlighting the need for truth, the anti-propaganda. The ad campaign is not by accident. They know who they are talking to, and the audience knows exactly why it matters. The Times simply highlights what they know. They can be trusted.
Please keep all this in mind and spread the word come campaign season. The one thing that a propaganda campaign cannot withstand is an informed populace. Informed, free, and sophisticated societies do not fall under the sway of propaganda, never have. But no society is so developed as to be immune. None.
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