Mr. Trump’s repeated misuse of the term “fake news” is an example of what good thinkers call “false equivalence,” and it is blurring legitimate discussion of actual fake news. False equivalence occurs when someone tries to take two things that are not the same thing and try to call them the same thing. A popular version of this you may have seen on the internet involves taking whatever it is someone is against and associating it with Nazi’s. President Trump is doing the same thing by equating news coverage that he finds unfavorable with “fake news.”
With Donald Trump’s inauguration behind us, and what promises to be a controversial presidency ahead, we wanted to look back at Barack Obama’s two terms and see Mr. Trump’s starting point. Republicans have sharply criticized the economy’s performance under Obama, while Mr. Obama has claimed himself that Americans are better off at the end of his presidency than they were at the beginning. I do want to remind readers at the outset that Presidents can have a profound impact on the economy, but the effects can take years to manifest and are hard to nail down. What follows is not an evaluation of Obama, but merely a look at what has happened while he was president.
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A free society means you will, at times, be offended. Sacred symbols will be defiled. Heroes will be maligned. Silencing these things is possible but expensive. It will cost the very idea of a free and open society. If you want the freedom to express your views here, many views you find abhorrent will also be allowed to be expressed. This is part of the high price of liberty.
It is finished, at least for now. Now that the election is over, we need to talk. This might hurt, but it has to be done.