Here in America, it’s a news week like any other.
- The President retweets, for political effect, a doctored video.
- Tucker Carlson says that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is “a special carve-out Google has received from the United States Congress,” even though, as Senator Mike Lee points out, Section 230 was passed by Congress in 1996, two years before Google was founded.
- The ACLU says that “The death penalty evolved from lynching.” Yes, really. Read the tweet and see.
I could go on. And on, and on. And there will be more of the same next week, and the week after that, and the week after that, ad infinitum and especially nauseam.
Here’s what I’m trying to do, and what I would encourage you all to do the same: First, take note of the people, like the ones listed above, who do not care whether what they say is true, but only about whether it serves their preferred narrative.
Second, look for people — politicians, journalists, academics — who do care whether what they say is true.
Third, studiously ignore the people in the first group and pay close attention to the people in the second one.
It won’t be easy to find those truth-concerned people. Sometimes you’ll feel like Diogenes with his lantern. But it must be done, for the sake of our collective sanity.