Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

How responsible media should deal with con artist politicians

Mr. Trump has truly used the media to win the elections and keep some people believing in him. Enough! They are still too honest and decent to stop this circus, powerless opposite his tricks. Yet, they can start conveying better what he’s all about.

Most politicians spin the truth a bit or have a slant in their view of things. They may overstate or understate. They may be less than truthful at times. But that is different from con artists.

Those don’t have alethophobia, a fear to discover the truth. They are grounded alright. But they are scared of sharing truth, as that empowers the listeners. They will only occasionally say something honest, to confuse, as a jink, to throw you off balance.

(Mr. Trump found another way to let the truth work for him. He first says what everyone wants to hear. “This is terrible.” “We will take harsh measures against this outrage.” He’s soothing. And then, two days later, he’ll say and do the opposite.)

These are the three things that are done now with chronic liars, which doesn’t work well: showing clips of them speaking or of their tweets, fact-checking them and being upset about the lies.

This doesn’t work well for several reasons.

It still disseminates the untruths. Experienced liars always sound better than fact-checkers because they are more concise and more passionate. It takes what was said seriously while it’s total humbug. Being upset about the lying gives power to the nonsense speaker. And it distracts from the real news, theft and other scandalous policies in the works. This distraction is a key reason for them uttering all the ridiculous claims in the first place.

But the anti-fakes media must report truth and facts, no?

What three things can responsible true journalists do differently?

A reporter should quote the ever-lying politician. Without all the cadence and inflection. Dry quotes in a matter-of-fact tone. Then the same person in the same intonation adds the facts.

This should not be commented on by anyone. To the contrary. It should be shared in a tone of: this is, of course, all rubbish.

Then – most importantly – the news should focus on the real problems: bad actions and inactions by the administration.

Let all true journalists stop helping Trump to his next victory.

Even if Trump won’t complete his presidency.

He might not go through impeachment but rather quit before meltdown “because he doesn’t have fun doing it” anymore. Only to show up before future elections to try win a second time. By then, Washington will be done with him, for he embarrassed the Grand Old Party too, but a great part of the electorate will still love him. So he could run as independent.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors in The Netherlands (Westerbork), and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners, and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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