As the debate continues raging among journalists about how aggressively to call out Donald Trump's lies, Monday morning brings a new episode that reminds us why it's so important not to flinch from reckoning with the possibility that conventional journalistic techniques just aren't going to cut it during the Trump era.
At the Golden Globes ceremony Sunday night, actress Meryl Streep tore into Trump, depicting him as a bully who takes borderline sociopathic pleasure in abusing and belittling others. As Exhibit A, Streep cited Trump's now-infamous mockery of a disabled reporter, Serge F. Kovaleski, and made the case that this sort of public performance sets a tone by example:
"This instinct to humiliate, when it's modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence."
On Monday morning, Trump responded with a series of tweets: