Josh Marshall suggests that the fire hose of news and absurdity from Washington is not an accident; he goes on to suggest that it furthers the con and enables would-be autocrats to auto their crat behind the fog of breaking headlines. A nugget:
Attacks on the press, a new conspiracy theory a day, new stories daily that are so ludicrous and unbelievable that saying them seems as much an act of aggression as an effort to convince. This is part of the study of authoritarianism. But it is also the stuff of the con. Con-men convince you to do stupid things or give them your money because they’re distracting you. You’re looking over there when they’re robbing you over here. More than anything else Trump is a con-man because he learned these tricks in business, in literal cons.
Follow the link for the complete article.