There was a lot of reaction to Buzzfeed’s release of the dossier of the possible connections between Trump’s people and Putin’s operatives. Evidently, the information had not been confirmed by the United States Intelligence agencies so far.
But if we look at the information that we already know about Trump from his own behavior and performance we know:
We know that Trump is salacious.
We know that Trump encouraged Russian interference in our election.
We know that Trump likes his roughneck image.
Why do we cover or dispute what we already know? Why do we even pay much attention to the validity of the dossier?
We know that Trump will favor billionaires, especially himself and his businesses.
We know that Trump will reduce environmental protection.
We know that Trump will reduce safety regulations.
We know that Trump will pretend to be religious.
We know that Trump will reduce voter rights.
We know that Trump will restrict women’s rights.
We know that Trump will be demeaning to anyone who is not like him.
Why do we cover this performance?
Suppose after his next press conference only the dry facts (there wouldn’t be very many of them) were reported? Suppose his tweets were given no coverage? Suppose the press reported that as usual Trump said nothing remarkable?
Suppose instead the press did the real work of finding out and reporting on the real problems in the United States? The real difficulties with climate change? The real dangers of poor enforcement of safety regulations because the agencies that enforce these regulations are seriously underfunded? Suppose instead of fussing about who is at fault for the Russian interference in our election the press focussed on the serious underfunding of the technology in the United States government?
We might have change. We might be able to hold Trump to account.