The New Reality: Fact-checking Trump, and the cost of eroding trust in democracy | Oct 31, 2020

The New Reality: Fact-checking Trump, and the cost of eroding trust in democracy | Oct 31, 2020

He’s Canadian, diminutive, soft spoken, and hardly a typical adversary to United States President Donald Trump. But he’s become a superstar for performing a very niche, specific, but important role: fact checking Trump on the fly in breathlessly thorough live hits on CNN, on twitter, and elsewhere.

How does he do it? How have people embraced Dale? How has he had an impact on journalism, and this election?

It feels like there’s a lot at stake for all of us in this upcoming United States presidential election. President Donald Trump has upended not just the American political establishment, he has disrupted relationships with America’s allies and made the whole world uneasy.

And now –while we’re still caught up in a pandemic, which itself is unsettling enough –the future of the U.S. feels uncertain. Why has Trump in the past implied that he might refuse to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, should he lose? Why sow distrust in the most basic functions of a democratic society? And where could this be leading?

If the election result is in dispute – or if Trump self-declares as winner in spite of the results – or even if it’s just a chaotic interregnum, what is Ottawa doing to prepare? What conversations are already underway at PMO, Foreign Affairs, and intel/defence/security apparatus?

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