I’ve always tried to avoid name excessive calling, particularly of the chief executive. The one big exception was back during the Lewinsky scandal, when I dubbed Bill Clinton a “human oil slick,” “manipulative slime,” “Gomer,” and “President Hefner.”
In his new book, Sen. Jeff Flake, himself a Republican, condemns conservatism for its role in a “culture of vicious dehumanization,” not to mention its sins of incoherence, rejection of empirical fact and plain hypocrisy.
As propaganda goes, the National Rifle Association’s TV ad was a masterpiece, playing like Yo-Yo Ma on a Stradivarius the racial, religious, and cultural resentments that gave rise to our present president.
While some people lazily cry “Fake news!” every time facts don’t go their way, someone is out there actually creating fake news in hopes of getting a journalist to bite on it and damage her reputation in the process.