Democratic institutions, as currently structured, require a semi-monopoly over political information. To organize the application of power, democratic governments, parties, and politicians must retain some control over the story told about them by the public. The elite fixation with “fake news,” like the demand that Trump drop out of Twitter, are both a function of the fact that institutional politics live and die by gatekeeping.
Read the entire post. I am skipping the WaPo watch this week–busy with other things. But one way to interpret the WaPo’s behavior is that it is reacting to its loss of gatekeeper function by trying to exert even more control over the narrative. Neither Gurri nor I think that it is likely to succeed.