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The post-‘fake news’ era

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22.01.2021

The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The departure of Donald Trump and the arrival of Biden signaled not just a contrast in leadership style, not even contrast in political vision but the contrast in the central values that they both hold dear as leaders.

For Donald Trump, his colourful leadership was characterised by narcissism, prejudice, and aggression. A man who communicated with the world through social media in a demagogue like fashion, creating division fear, and a trail of destruction the likes of which have never been witnessed. President Biden by way of contrast has a longstanding reputation as being a person of tremendous humility, faith understanding and sensitivity.

But perhaps the most notable distinction is in the realm of the principle of Truth. Trump became the unenviable symbol of post truth era pioneering the concept of Fake News and refusing to accept factual evidence or be prepared to listen to anyone about anything. Biden in his inauguration speech it has been noted mentioned some five times the importance and centrality of truth. A principle which should be sacrosanct in a western democracy rather than considered novel and showing courage.

The phrase “fake news” has escaped the confines of the........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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