TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2021
...and onward toward fairy tale: We've been discussing "the novelization of news" since 1999.
It's a form of "motivated reasoning." When journalists engage in the novelization of news, they invent, disappear and rearrange facts in service to some preferred, preconceived Storyline.
As a general matter, complexity must be removed from the story. A simplified moral tale must emerge.
Our journalists engage in this type of novelization to an amazing degree. In their treatment of Oprah's interview with the royals, our journalists have been moving past novelization toward the realm of pure fairly tale.
How well do our high-end journalists deal with elementary facts? They deal with facts very poorly, especially to the extent that some highly preferred Storyline may stand in the way.
In the most heavily discussed parts of this interview, our journalists have hurried past novelization toward the realm of fairy tale.
(The apparent absence of any transcripts of Sunday night's discussion makes it hard to discuss this breakdown. No, we don't plan to do this transcription ourselves.)
Meanwhile, we saw CNN's Randi Kaye make a statement last night we could hardly believe. Her statement concerned the death of George Floyd, another topic in which our upper-end journalists may tend to be somewhat invested.
Forgive us if we stop here today. The novelization has been so extreme that we're stymied, at least for today.
Our species wasn't built for this game. All the top experts say this.