Another issue is trying to enforce, through social structures, a mechanism where you cut off media access if somebody is a known and repeated liar — not if somebody is like a spinner, not if somebody disagrees with you —but somebody like Betsy McCaughey. She should not be given a platform to talk on TV because she’s interesting.
Take Donald Trump. The problem right now is you can’t cut Donald Trump out of the media. He’s the leading Republican candidate. But you could have cut off Donald Trump way back when he was a birther. It’s a media responsibility to say that certain people sacrifice their right to go on TV. This shouldn’t be a government decision, but networks can set policies to say, “If we know you’re gonna come on and lie, it’s not cute.”
OK, nutters don’t appear on TV. Now who gets to decide what’s nuts and what isn’t?
I have something of a feeling that I know….