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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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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
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. 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He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust, and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * 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, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. He loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. 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