If there’s one thing the Trump administration is positively sure about, it’s that the truth absolutely should never get in the way of a good story. And why should it? The truth never got us anywhere.
Facts? In the bin. Evidence? I never really liked it all that much anyway.
Trump’s dislike of the truth isn’t even his own fault. Do you remember faking a sickie back at school and lying so consistently about how sick you really, truly were, that you almost started believing it yourself?
Exaggeration is like a disease, and its clutches have well and truly clawed the new US President and his team. It’s infectious.
This time, Trump is sure the media is lying. (Beware! Fake news!)
His inauguration, they said, didn’t attract much of a crowd. He told the CIA on Saturday: “I get up this morning and I turn on one of the networks and they showed an empty field.
"I said, 'Wait wait wait'. I made a speech. I looked out, the field looked like it was full of a million, a million and a half people. They showed a field where there was practically nobody standing there. And they said, 'Donald Trump did not draw well'.
"It looked like a million and a half people and it went all the way back to the Washington Monument. This network said we drew 250,000 people. Now that's not bad, but it's a lie."
Didn't you hear the guy? One and a half million, not a quarter of a million. Easy mistake, perhaps the networks misheard?