Kate Andrews writes for City AM
What are we to make of the fact that celebrities now dictate US public policy? In any other lifetime, a meeting between Kim and Donald would be aired on a reality TV programme. In fact, it probably will be; I’d be shocked if Kim’s journey to the White House didn’t feature on an episode in Keeping Up With The Kardashians in coming seasons.
But their meeting wasn’t a reality TV stunt; it was a serious engagement in public policy. Mainstream news channels are reporting on something that would be better suited to air on the Lifetime network. It’s a spectacle that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.
The meeting of the two media giants can’t help but symbolise how far our public discourse and process of decision making has fallen. Long gone, it seems, are the days of valuing experience or evidence-based policy.
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