FACTS ARE FACTS ARE OPINIONS ARE REALITY…?

December 1st, 2016

So yesterday I came across one of those intersection points that I love so much when Diane Rehm and Scott Adams both take on reality in Trumpian America.

First, here’s what Adams’ wrote:

The mainstream media and the public now accept the idea that Trump ignored facts, science, and even common decency… and still got elected. I have been telling readers of this blog for a year that facts don’t matter. Policies don’t matter. The only thing that matters is persuasion. And Trump has plenty of persuasion.

To be perfectly clear, when I say facts don’t matter, I mean that in the limited sense of decision-making. If you make the wrong decision, the facts can kill you. That’s not in debate. I’m talking about the process or arriving at a decision—whether it is a good decision or not. The decision-making process is largely divorced from facts and reason. We live under a consistent illusion that facts and logic guide our decisions. They don’t.

Now, before you start sputtering that Adams is full of shit, listen to Diane Rehm’s How Journalists Are Rethinking Their Role Under A Trump Presidency.

Not only are we no longer even on the same continent as Kansas, I think we’ve left the planet.

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