Trump and His Sources of News

John Oliver had a really tough task the other day in his first episode back after the break. So much to talk about, so little time. How best to spend that time when Trump has provided such incredible stimulus. it is hard to find the episode yet online. Here is most of it and it is very worthwhile watching.

The core to the episode and to his case against Trump was about the lies, and the sources of those lies. And more specifically:

  1. How did we get a pathological liar into the White House?
  2. Where are his lies coming from?
  3. Why do so many people believe him?
  4. What can we do about it?

What was really well nailed by Oliver was the circularity of the news sourcing:

Trump: Look, millions of people think this, so it must be true!

One of the millions: Look, Trump, the President, believes this, so it must be true!

Indeed, it was also very well shown that Trump really does get his news from cable news (FOX), Breitbart and InfoWars.

It really was depressing and scary. But very well done, as ever.

Welcome back, Oliver!

Watch it.

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Pearce is a philosopher, author, blogger, public speaker and teacher from Hampshire in the UK. He specialises in philosophy of religion, but likes to turn his hand to science, psychology, politics and anything involved in investigating reality. He is on a journey towards truth; come join him.