The current White House, under the administration of President Donald Trump, constantly rails against what it perceives as ‘fake news’ in the mainstream media (i.e. the real media that asks questions without fear of favour, and that show no deference to the President). It has been one of the prominent features of the media strategy of the current US Administration: if the news is not favourable then it must be ‘fake’.
The story reported via The Washington Post following the President’s retweeting of some dubious videos makes for chilling reading though, not least because there is finally some confirmation of the rationale behind the Administration’s media policy:
In response to questions about the veracity of the videos Trump retweeted, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered this to CBS News’s Major Garrett: “Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real. His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security.”
Yes, you read that right: The White House that complains almost daily about “fake news” doesn’t care if these videos are fake news as long they serve real purposes. Sanders just tacitly endorsed the concept of propaganda, and she said it out loud.
This version of the ends justifying the means would make Machiavelli blush.