This is great news for Trump, given that U.S. media has done nothing to educate Americans on what socialism is, what democratic socialism is, what social democracy is, or which politicians (or existing programs) fall into these categories. Imagine if media had done any such work!
1/ I can readily imagine major media personalities saying, after a Trump victory in 2020, "Man, that 'socialism' libel really destroyed the Democrats this cycle. I wonder if we should've talked about how Trump's use of that word was cynical, 100% false disinformation from Day 1?"
2/ To which query some media apologist would quickly reply, "No, no, @brianstelter. It was Democratic politicians' job to report accurate information about facts and terms and events and programs to the American people. What are we supposed to be, like, 'reporters' or something?"
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