This is an outstanding, must-read, article from Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian. He argues that rather than laughing along with the Republican candidate and former London mayor, media interrogators should confront them.
The article zooms in on the lack of evidence, or indeed distortion of reality, from the right-wing populists, like Trump, Le Pen and now Johnson. They are politicians from the ‘end justifies the means school’. Of course, the hard-left that have taken over the UK’s Labour Party. Labour’s hard-left also belong to the ‘end justifies the means school’.
It is deeply worrying that politicians are so ready to distort the evidence. BUT perhaps more alarming is Freedland’s point that the media are not ready to step in and defend truth and reality. With increasing polarization of politics towards both the hard left and hard right, we are seeing distortion of the facts as a step on the slippery pole of erosion of democracy.
My conservative political views are well known to regular readers of this blog. What amazes me is that I repeatedly find myself agreeing with liberals (center-left) these day.