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Freelance journalist based in Istanbul. Keeping an eye on Turkish politics and development.
This episode of Deconstructed highlights a very interesting issue. Audiences are getting used to hearing President Trump lie, and they don't care any more. Meanwhile, the media has failed to treat the lying as the important story that it is.
Because the lying matters.
Daniel Dale from the Toronto Star monitors Trump's lies for a living. According to Dale, during the leading up to the midterms, Trump made 26 false claims per day.
Some of those false claims have bigger consequences than others, and I think that's something that is successfully reflected in this podcast. The world cannot "get used" to leaders lying. In fact, they should hold them accountable for doing so.
With a bit of humor, journalists Mehdi Hasan and Daniel Dale compare what for them are Donald Trump's top five lies, and they discuss the complicity of U.S. media in amplifying those lies.
Only CNN has recently recognized that by televising almost anything Trump says, they might be doing a disservice to the truth. By not fact-checking his lies, they are basically backing them up.
Hasan ends with a very interesting reflection on how political dishonesty damages democracy, and why should we challenge these lies.
Unfortunately, today this situation applies to many leaders and politicians around the world. Another reason to hear to this podcast, American or not.