There is no such thing as fake news.
How do I know? Bob Woodward told me so this weekend.
At Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner – the one President Trump declined to go to, which was hosted by a “comedian” (assuming you find him funny), Hasan Minhaj, who makes a living from insulting Mr. Trump (now that’s sure to convince him to reconsider next year), Woodward said, among other things:
A few observations for you, Mr. Woodward….
-If “the effort to get the best obtainable version of the truth is largely made in good faith”, that means, by definition, that there are times when it is not. Isn’t that the definition of fake news?
And, by the way, by saying “the best obtainable version“, aren’t you using exactly, precisely the same language Kellyanne Conway did in talking about “alternative facts”. So you aggressively came to her defense when she said that because you knew exactly what she meant at the time, right? Carl? Right? Uh…Carl?
-“The media is (actually, are) not fake news”? Please read your last quote.
-Yes, obviously media need to get the facts and tone right. Can you look anyone in the eye and say this has happened in the era of Trump?
-Mainstream media come under attack during and after political campaigns? Boo hoo.
-Making mistakes is one thing. Going too far means intentionally pushing a story, or an ongoing narrative, beyond where it has any business being. Isn’t that the definition of fake news?
-“When that happens we should own up to it”? Can you show me where media are (not “is”, sir: for the last time, media is a plural word) doing so? I’ll wait….
A personal note here. In February I celebrated (endured may be more accurate) my 71st. birthday. Because I am over 70, and because this is an age where people can start to lose their edge mentally (quickness, perception, etc.) I do certain things to gauge my acuity level.
For example kenken and sudoku puzzles for numbers (I’m better at kenken – maybe it’s a name thing – but that’s no change; I was years ago as well), and the New York Times crossword puzzle (I’m happy to report that on Saturday (we get the Sunday magazine section a day early) I finished my 19th consecutive puzzle).
I don’t mean to be insulting, but may be Bob Woodward, who was 74 in March, should consider doing the same.