More than 82,000 Americans died from the corona virus on Tuesday. The top model now estimates that 147,000 Americans will lose their lives in August. Millions of people lost their jobs. And the country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned that reopening the country too early could have serious consequences.
Large news organizations reflect this grim reality with clear reporting, bold headlines, and historic front pages. So what do Trump, Fox News and right-wing media machines do? They are building separate alternative realities to keep their fans distracted from the news and angry at old villains in the right-wing media world. The general idea is that President Obama and others use government levers improperly to conspire against Trump to win the 2016 elections, with “inner states” who then work to silence him when he is in office.
But while you may only dismiss it when Trump and his allies go berserk in an unreasonable way, you must know that there is a real effort to blow this up. Trump is clearly grumbling about it on his Twitter account and elsewhere. And although he can’t really explain it in a coherent way on Monday, his allies in the right-wing media intervene.
“While the mainstream press moves to other things or just mocked the president’s bizarre and outraged about the #Obamagate, right-wing media put their audience deeper into it,” Miller explained, adding, “The result is that President Trump can live in alternative reality of his own choosing. “
Will this help him with a wide audience? Frum didn’t think so, writing, “The consequences are here. The fairy tale Trump told Twitter won’t hide the consequences from the voters that Trump needs.” That may be true. But that will surely divert Trump’s base from the hard facts of coronavirus. And that seems to be the point.