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Robert B. Reich: Trump's takeover of the truth

Robert B. Reich: Trump's takeover of the truth

Donald Trump is such a consummate liar that in coming months and years our democracy will depend more than ever on the independent press -- finding the truth, reporting it, and holding Mr. Trump accountable for his lies.

But Mr. Trump's strategy is to denigrate and disparage the press in the public's mind, convincing the public that it shouldn't believe the press because it's engaged in a conspiracy against him.

Mr. Trump wants to use his tweets, rallies and videos to make himself the only credible source of public information about what is happening and what he's doing.

It is the two-step strategy of despots. 

Step 1: Disparage the press and lie about...