If there’s one thing that characterizes the media’s coverage of President Trump, it’s the narrative he has his “own facts.” According to this narrative, there’s truth, and then there’s Donald Trump’s truth. The implication is that President Trump lives in a fantasy world, while the media is the single bastion of the actual truth.
The narrative only intensified when Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway had a momentary slip of the tongue, referring to the information she had as “alternative facts.” Anyone with half a brain knew what Conway meant in that exchange, but that didn’t stop the media from hammering her — and Trump.
Despite the narrative, there’s actually more evidence to suggest it’s the media living in an alternate universe. The latest example comes in the form of gender pronouns.
From The Smithsonian:
Journalistic guidelines have long instructed reporters to use pronouns that correspond with a person’s preferred gender identity or, if not specified, one that is “consistent with the way individuals live publicly,” according to the 2016 AP stylebook.
But what about people who don’t identify as either a “he” or a “she”? Now, reports Kristin Hare for Poynter, the granddaddy of all style guides has weighed in with guidance that the pronoun “they” is acceptable to refer to people who don’t identify as male or female or who ask not to go by he, she, him or her.The move is just another attack in the media’s long war against the truth. When it comes to people the media doesn’t like, they can accuse them of not dealing in the truth. But as soon as someone living in a fantasy world gets offended by a pronoun, the media decides it’s okay to twist the English language into a pretzel to accommodate them.
Trans and non-binary gendered people are using alternative facts in the most literal sense possible, yet their feelings have become more important than the truth. The criticism of Kellyanne Conway and President Trump is a bit rich coming from people that pick and choose what “alternative facts” are acceptable.Of course, more often than not, President Trump has been validated when he makes statements the media is quick to label as false. Just recently, it was reported that his wire-tapping claim turned out to be right. This is despite the fact the media was quick to label it another fabrication by Trump.
In reality, the evidence suggests that it’s the media living in an alternative universe. To them, it’s okay to lie when it’s for a cause they believe in. Reporting the truth just doesn’t happen to be one of those causes.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]