More than 82,000 Americans have died of coronavirus since Tuesday. A top model now predicts that 147,000 Americans will lose their lives by August. Millions of people are out of work. And the nation’s greatest infectious disease expert, dr. Anthony Fauci, is warning that reopening the country too early could have serious consequences.
Major news organizations are reflecting this sad reality with clear reports, bold headlines and historic front pages. What are Trump, Fox News and the right multimedia machine doing? They are building a separate alternative reality to keep their fans distracted by the news and outraged by longtime criminals in the right-wing media universe. The general idea is that President Obama and others have misused the government levers to conspire against Trump to win the 2016 election, with the “deep state” that later worked to kneel him when he was in office.
But while you may simply wipe it out while Trump and his allies rage senselessly, you should know that there is a real effort to blow this up. Trump is obviously making fun of him on his Twitter account and elsewhere. And although Monday was unable to explain it consistently, its allies in the right-wing media are intervening.
“As the mainstream press moves on to other issues or simply makes fun of the absurdity of the president’s scream blowing on #Obamagate, the right-wing media are more deeply immersed in their audience,” Miller explained, adding, “The result is that President Trump manages to live in an alternative reality of his choice. “
Will it help you with a large audience? Frum doesn’t think so, writing “The consequences are here. The tales Trump tells on Twitter will not hide those consequences from the voters Trump needs.” It may be right. But it will certainly distract Trump’s base from the concrete facts of the coronavirus. And that seems to be the point.