Yes. Even in these days of post-truth politics, facts HAVE to be the starting point. Somehow.
It's already becoming a "truth" that Trump won because of the disenfranchised poor Real People who rebelled against the Politically Correct Elite. (Which this article
picks apart nicely.) And in Europe, this is already being used against the Politically Correct Elite, ie immigrants, women, LGBT folk and minorities, by the Real People, ie conservative and fascist politicians and their army of twitter eggs with nothing better to do all day than swarm. Never mind that the facts don't back it up; that's the narrative both Trump and Le Pen and UKIP and SD and everyone has been spinning, and journalists and politicians are eating it up because, well, that's the story they know how to sell.
People are talking about the need to support the independent press, which, sure. But it's not like journalists are immune to this in a time where the important thing is hunting clicks. Look at the reaction in the British tabloid press to the Brexit thing the other week. Sweden's fourth largest daily paper, Göteborgs-Posten, has basically gone full SD over the last few months, and even the ones who nominally resist it still have to play on that playing field. And I don't even want to think of how the media spin is looking in most Eastern European countries...
The press have to report facts. They have to ask follow-up questions. Sadly, many of them are instead focusing on reporting opinions and Letting Both Sides Speak. And it's not like we haven't seen enough examples of how well that
works.Edited at 2016-11-11 12:14 pm (UTC)