In the right-wing campaign to discredit the truth, every day brings a new low.
I don?t mean Roy Moore?s campaign for U.S. Senate, though that certainly has been at the center, lately, of the broader crusade.
No, I mean the insidious drive ? led, sadly, by President Donald Trump ? to undermine the reality-based press in America and in so doing to eat away at the underpinnings of our democracy: a shared basis in credible, verifiable facts.
Breitbart News, as that pro-Trump propaganda machine calls itself, was part of the campaign when it sent staffers (I won?t call them reporters) to Alabama for the express purpose of knocking down a Washington Post story. In it, multiple women agreed to use their real names and to be quoted about Moore?s alleged sexual misconduct or assault when they were girls.
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(Breitbart ended up confirming The Post?s story but crowed about its own non-findings anyway.)