Isn’t it ironic that the term “post-truth” made it into the dictionary after Brexit and the election of Trump, when it is a term associated mostly with communism and left-wing politics.
One only has to view the BBC’s news and current affairs output to gain an understanding of the term post-truth; allow left-wing commentators and politicians to voice their political opinions without scrutiny, but aggressively challenge those from the political right-of-centre.
Here’s a couple of post-truths you may remember from the run-up to the last general election:
Over 100,000 people have used food banks in the last year. Double the year before! [The Trussell Trust]
The truth (or should that be the post-truth) is that more than 100,000 food vouchers were issued and that people using food banks would, on average, use 3 vouchers. With this in mind, the amount of people using food banks would have been more like a third (33,000) of the amount claimed.
The Trussell Trust did admit to this “error”, but claimed that – as a charity – they need to attract as much publicity as possible. However, in this case, the charity was certainly acting at a political level, and the BBC was taking every opportunity to highlight the trust’s figures, whilst ignoring those who had the facts ready for broadcast.
The “Bedroom Tax”
Not a tax at all, and – quite rightly – abolished due to a lack of one-bedroomed homes, even though the idea was heading in the right direction. But there’s an irony here that the word “tax” can be used as a good word and a bad word at the same time. When it’s used in conjunction with “rich”, it’s a good word, and when it’s used in conjunction with “poor”, it’s a bad word.
The question is; is tax a good thing, or a bad thing? It can’t be both!
Nevertheless, this was not a tax.