“We live in an age of unprecedented disinformation, misinformation, and outright lying by those in power.” – Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation
Mainstream media talking heads – such as those on Morning Joe are contributing to the problem. These people are still trying to “normalize” Trump. Trump is not normal, his behavior is abnormal. Just as one is capable of knowing when a child is sick without being a doctor, anyone can see that Trump’s behavior is sick without being a psychiatrist. He is flat-out abnormal, his behavior is abnormal. Any rudimentary amount of research by real journalists would reveal (from long-ago) that Trump has a history of lying – all his life – to the point that it is justifiable to classify him as a pathological liar. MSNBC needs to distribute copies of “Code of Ethics,” by the Society of Professional Journalists and make sure everyone reads it – because trying to normalize this is unethical. They should also read “Avoiding questions about Trump’s mental health is a betrayal of public trust,” by Lee Siegel, Columbia Journalism Review; February 22, 2017. It’s disturbing that what is blatantly obvious to even layman, is that Trump’s narcissism is excessive, his paranoid delusions are clear. Without doubt, Malignant Narcissistic Personality Disorder with psychopathy is an accurate [if partial] diagnosis. As such, Trump is a clear and present danger to the United States. Attempts by media outlets, such as the crew on “Morning Joe” to “normalize” Trump are enabling this threat. This is not just an example of supreme incompetence, but it is a blatant display of the absence of journalistic ethics that is absolutely needed at this critical time
The bottom line is that attempts to normalize Trump, to regard him through the lens of past presidential behavior, is misguided and constricts the ability to perceive the reality unfolding before their eyes. It is critically important that Trump not be seen as a “president” in any way, and seen as the person he really is; they need to strip away preconceived notions of what they think a president must be and how a president must behave – once and for all. They must stop trying to fit a round peg into a square hole. To repeat: Trump is not normal, his behavior is abnormal. Just as one is capable of knowing when a child is sick without being a doctor, anyone can see that Trump’s behavior is sick without being a psychiatrist.
The Choice 2016 (full film) | FRONTLINE – YouTube (1:54:48) published by FRONTLINE PBS on September 27, 2016
Some recommended publications:
“A mentor in shamelessness: the man who taught Trump the power of publicity,” by Michelle Dean, The Guardian; April 20, 2016
Excerpt: Trump was recently asked about what sacrifices he’s made and he goes on a narcissistic self-aggrandizement. This is a direct quote. “I’ve worked very hard, created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures, I’ve done, I’ve had, I’ve had tremendous success.” “Those are sacrifices?” Trump responds with Yes.
“The moment of truth: We must stop Trump,” by Danielle Allen, The Washington Post; February 21, 2016
Excerpt: “Like any number of us raised in the late 20th century, I have spent my life perplexed about exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany. Watching Donald Trump’s rise, I now understand. Leave aside whether a direct comparison of Trump to Hitler is accurate. That is not my point. My point rather is about how a demagogic opportunist can exploit a divided country.”
Danielle Allen is a political theorist at Harvard University and a contributing columnist for The Post.
Donald Trump: Make America Hate Again | Part 1 (Documentary) – YouTube
Donald Trump: Make America Hate Again | Part 2 (Documentary) – YouTube
“Trump, the Man and the Image,” by Mark Singer, The New Yorker; July 11-19, 2016
“Mark Singer on the Perils of Profiling Donald Trump,” by The New Yorker, March 11, 2016 [Embedded video 14:00]
“Does Donald Trump Have a Soul?” by Harry Cheadle, VICE; June 28, 2016
“A Psychologist Analyzes Donald Trump’s Personality,” by Dan P. McAdams, The Atlantic; June 2016
“Trump offers praise for Iraq’s Saddam Hussein,” by the Times of Israel, Raw Story; July 6, 2016
Excerpt: “Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? He was a bad guy. Really bad guy,” Trump said on Tuesday in a campaign speech in North Carolina. “But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read them the rights, they didn’t talk. They were a terrorists [sic] — it was over. Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism.”
“Donald Trump is ‘willing to inflict pain on people,’ says reporter who provoked his wrath,” by Rob Hasting, iNews; July 11, 2016
Excerpt: “Part of the key to his success is his refusal to acknowledge certain inconvenient realities, to fool certain people,” says the 65-year-old journalist. “I really did everything I could to understand what he actually did in his business – how he used other people’s money rather than his own, and how his casino holdings were failing.”…
“He’s sick. He’s willing to inflict pain on other people. He’s mocked a disabled reporter from The New York Times. He talks about torture – ‘we’re going to do it’ – and we’re going to bomb the s**t out of Isis and we’re going to kill their families, kill innocent people, waterboarding; all these totally discredited things that were used after we invaded Iraq. Trump talks about it because it’s like throwing red meat to these people with conservative values. To be able to discuss torturing people with that kind of enthusiasm tells us something about a person.”
“Americans are some of the most ignorant people on the planet. The lack of curiosity or knowledge about the rest of the world, on the part of the average American, is shameful. It’s tragic… Trump is reflective of that general condition. But he didn’t invent it. He is just part of that phenomenon.” [Emphasis added]
“Donald Trump by Donald Trump,” by Billy Johnson, Newsweek; June 17, 2015