WSJ editor Gerald Baker is welcome to be “careful” about “using the word ‘lie.'” But really, Gerard, many of us are past that point. Has Donald J. Trump really not bellowed sickening racist lie after disgusting sexist lie long enough for you to realize that you need not throw caution to the winds when you call Trump a lying liar? Hideous indeed the sight when you finally snap and scream that Trump is a “lying bastard lying to” you, Gerard Baker of the Wall Street Journal? When Kellyanne Conway asserts yet again that we cannot judge Mr. Trump on what comes out of his mouth, but must instead look to what she claims is in his heart, you do realize that you and your ilk have been tossed aside. Your cautious “standards” mean–what, exactly?
Reset button: why not refer to the President-to-be as Unreliable Trump for short, or, to give his full formal title, POTUS and Unreliable Narrator Donald Trump. I certainly can’t keep up with the veracity of lying liarness of Trump’s tales, but I do feel certain that he is not reliable. Anyone who says otherwise at this point has a high burden of proof. Unreliable does not, however, necessarily mean all bad. “Unreliable narrators” include many fascinating if not charming characters–think Humbert Humbert; think the Wife of Bath; think the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart.” You could even exercise your overabundant caution, Gerard, quibbling whether Trump is a dissonant or consonant self-narrator (hat tip to Dorrit Cohn, Transparent Minds).
Live a little, Gerard. And relax. It’s not the beating of Trump’s hideous heart that you can’t get out of your ears, is it? Is it not the hideous drumbeat of unreliable narration?
Unreliable narration update re Meryl Streep vs. Trump: Hollywood is surely vilified by some, but living in Malibu is not victimhood; meanwhile, do I trust my own lying eyes when I rewatch the video of him mocking a disabled reporter, or has he successfully anchored and gaslit me so that I can no longer perceive his abusive lying?
Re Monica Crowley: do you, Gerard Baker, plan to cover the story of alleged plagiarism of your own newspaper’s stories? Does plagiarism of your own newspaper count as lying?