I wrote about the importance of credibility about two weeks ago, saying... Credibility is one of the most valuable assets a business, institution or an individual can have. That's why millions and millions of dollars are invested in public relations/community relations. It's not just about getting the word out, but about building trust in that word.
The White House continues to test the limits of credibility, stretching the truth and coming up with plainly wrong information that is easy for anyone who reads or sees to dispute.
First it was ego-based claims about the size of the audience at the inauguration. Now it's about the media not covering terrorist events that we all know about, like the shooting at the club in Orlando and the attack in San Bernardino or the drive-though massacre in Nice. How do we know about those events? Because we read about them in the newspapers and saw them over and over in coverage on TV and cable news channels.
Yet the White House says the media did not cover them.
It seems the so-called president and his advisors are living in some sort of alternate reality, filled with alternate facts.
People are beginning to get tired of the daily drama, based on late-night tweets and speeches that veer off track onto a rant about fake news and illegal voters. I would think even some of his supporters are starting to wonder, although they may not admit it publicly yet.
The White House is losing credibility not just among American voters, but around the world. Foreign leaders know they must deal with the U.S. and its president, but do they feel they can trust him (and, therefore, us as a nation)? More outrageous lies and denials of reality only serve to erode whatever credibility the White House now has.
The media are finally doing their job, reporting the news and quickly pointing out incorrect assertions so we get the full picture in context, not just the "news" the way the government would have us believe.
Truth tends to win out over lies and deception, except in authoritarian or dictatorial states where the news and the media are tightly controlled. Thank goodness we have a free and independent press that, despite roadblocks and fabrications put in its way, will always seek the truth and report it to us.
Let's hope the White House can't change that or we are sunk.