.@davidfrum on grappling with “news fatigue:” “If your child is feverishly ill, it can be very fatiguing to… take care of her. But it’s what you do, because that’s your duty… [And] if your country is ill, you have the same responsibility.” https://t.co/gJp77cqZOm
— Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) June 10, 2018
Courtesy of the Washington Examiner:
David Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic, lectured Americans on Sunday to be more informed after a recent study revealed almost three-quarters of the country is growing weary of the fast-paced news cycle.
“If your child is feverishly ill, it can be very fatiguing to sit by her bedside and take care of her, but it’s what you do because that’s your duty,” Frum said during a panel discussion on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” “If your country is ill, you have the same responsibility.”
Frum pushed back on the assertion of another panelist that news organizations should present information in a more palatable manner.
“In many ways, we got Donald Trump in the first place as a punishment for not being good enough citizens. And our ability to mitigate the harm he’s going to do to institutions, to alliances, to the security of the world will depend on our, as individuals, willingness to be better citizens in the future, and that means being informed citizens,” he continued.
“In many ways, we got Donald Trump in the first place as a punishment for not being good enough citizens.”
I cannot decide whether that should just be put on billboards all over the country, or shame tattooed on the foreheads of Trump supporters.
I might go with both.
I do not always agree with David Frum, but this is one of the most truthful things I have heard in some time.
Right up there with De Niro’s “Fuck Trump!”