The Gist

Chasing the Bauble With Brooke Gladstone

The On the Media host says press tallies of Trump lies are not enough; we have to cover the consequences.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer departs after speaking to the media in the briefing room at the White House on Monday.

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Lists of inaccurate statements by Donald Trump are good and satisfying and a little funny. But they aren’t what we need. We need reporting on the issues behind the lies, says Brooke Gladstone. She’s co-host of On the Media and author of a new book, The Trouble with Reality, which looks at the malfunctioning of American democracy.

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