January 9th, 2017

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Lost in facts

Slightly on-topic. I'll occupy you with the subject of this "post-truth" phenomenon that everyone keeps talking about. See, the Brexit and Trump's victory delivered a blow on the liberal media like an extinction-sized asteroid of stupidity. How could the voters have failed to heed the warnings of so many smart analysts, diligent experts and rational fact-checkers!? How's that even possible?

Almost like a chorus, the media were instantly ready with the answer: see, we live in an era that's characterized by Post-Fact Politics. Pushed forward by media organizations like Forbes and NYT, the term "post-truth" became the word of the year in the Oxford Dictionary. A recent piece at HuffPo coined the term "post-truth nation", stating that the biggest problem of our time is not political or economic, not even rational - but the battle between fact and fiction.

A pleiad of liberal authors are throwing all sorts of theories about the types and nature of post-truth, and the reason for it: the echo-chambers of the social media, the spreading of false non-news, public indifference to outright political lies, or problems with the millenials. All sorts of explanations for what happened in the UK and US last year. But most of them tend to agree that both the voters and politicians are rejecting facts, manipulating the truth, and giving precedence to emotion over experience.

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The Office of Congressional Ethics Stays Intact

Originally posted by debunkgpolitics at The Office of Congressional Ethics Stays Intact

Additionally, the previous article about this topic is a reminder of the importance in having a free press and being vigilant. Though one may not always agree with certain outlets, they provide information that would not otherwise receive attention and offer a different perspective to help us strengthen or reevaluate our views. They also monitor their competitors, especially those with different political views, and report any impropriety of their opponents for viewers to know the truth. Still, many of these outlets promote their own agenda by the manner in which they report news or do not cover certain stories. Thus, constituents must also analyze the world around them based on their own observations. That people held their elected officials accountable for questionable behavior here showed who is rightfully in charge of the government.

Of course, one can argue that, even with the Committee, corruption thrived among Democrats and Republicans, which is a theory of how Trump got elected. Corruption is unacceptable, regardless of who lowers his or her standards.