Authenticity Just Means Faking It Well
Political candidates only need to seem unscripted.
"If the art of authenticity resides in making the scripted seem spontaneous, doesn’t that make it fundamentally inauthentic?" asks
. "Short answer: yes."
"The paradox of a serial liar such as Trump coming across as authentic isn’t much of a paradox at all. Trump lies authentically."
When we talk about authenticity in politics, we’re not really describing honesty. We’re talking about the art of making scripted speech sound spontaneous, argues our executive editor,