There has been a regrettable proliferation of the sub-category of fake news that I call “future news” since the news media fully embraced “the resistance” after the election of Donald Trump. Future news had stuck its camel’s nose into the tent of real news as journalists started reporting climate change predictions as facts rather than speculation. Now future news is standard fare, even in headlines. “Cohen Ready To Flip On Trump” was popular today. “North Korea May Not End All Nuclear Activity.” Of course, the Mueller investigation has created endless future news, and the mainstream media has worked over time to make the public think that the smoking gun that would impeach Trump was just about to be revealed.
I detest future news, and most of the time, it is unethical, a slimy way for journalists to use innuendo and speculation as a substitute for reality. See, news is what has happened or is happening. Future news increasingly is what reporters want to happen, which is generally “bad things involving Donald Trump.”
Just for giggles, though, let’s play the future news game. Here’s my headline:
Democrats May Fail To Take Over House, Lose Seats In Senate.
I’m not making any predictions, but if I were a Democratic partisan, I’d be worried. Democratic leaders, rhetoric and conduct generally have been uniformly loathsome. #MeToo made some party icons and allies look like sleazes and hypocrites….which they were indeed. Donna Brazile turned whistle-blower. Hillary continues to be the worst loser in American Presidential history. Nancy Pelosi is an embarrassment and a handicap. Somehow, the party has been maneuvered into standing for open borders, abortion on demand, repealing the Second Amendment, restricting the First Amendment, unisex bathrooms, and criminalizing politics.
This is not a promising platform. It might get worse, too, depending on how loud the growing number of socialists are. Meanwhile, though Democratic talking points insist the nation is in a dystopian state and on the verge of becoming the Third Reich, reality makes this narrative difficult to keep flogging without dissolving into laughter. The stock market, economic growth and employment are greatly improved. Public confidence is high. By luck or audacity, Trump achieved a shocking breakthrough with North Korea. Irresponsible though it was, the tax bill is increasingly popular. The greatest problem for the country right now is its ugly polarization, and it is difficult to blame Trump and his tweets alone when Democrats have acted just as offensively, or worse.
Let’s assume then, that this future news comes to pass, subjecting the Left to an ethics test. Here is your poll: If that future news headline proves, prophetic…