In the era of Trump and Malema, truth and journalism drift apart

12 December 2018 - 08:00
US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump
Image: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

In theory, the sole reason for journalists to exist is to wield a mighty, vital weapon: The truth.

But the calm, rational idea of truth and journalism falls apart, because we don’t have a jury. We have Twitter and Facebook and demagogues yelling into megaphones and billionaire oligarchs tweeting the algorithms to drip-feed us rage and lies.