Time magazine Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs said the concept of truth has been given new meaning under President Trump.
In an essay for her magazine published Thursday, Gibbs explained why the cover for the latest issue asks if truth is “dead.”
“Half a century later, I suspect that about as many would say they believe in Truth, and yet we find ourselves having an intense debate over its role and power in the face of a President who treats it like a toy,” she wrote. “The old adage that ‘a lie gets halfway around the world before Truth has a chance to get its pants on’ was true even before the invention of Twitter. But it has been given new relevance by an early-rising Chief Executive and his smartphone.”
Trump often makes public statements that contain either major or minor inaccuracies, and Time explored that in its cover story.
Gibbs is the latest in a series of high-profile news media professionals to say that her industry has been filled with a renewed sense of purpose because of Trump’s election win (though critics, many of them on the right, have wondered why it took a Republican in the White House to reinspire the media).
“As citizens, it is vital that we be able to believe our president; it is also vital that we know what he believes, and why,” she wrote. “This president has made both a severe challenge.”
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