How did we become so cynical about the news? I’ve been worried about the decline of trust in our institutions for a long time. It’s tempting to blame it all on Trump, who ridiculed and threatened every dissenting voice as “fake news” to the delight of his base. But as this video shows, President Obama pioneered the use of social media to bypass mainstream journalists and sell elegant propaganda directly to an unsuspecting American public. (Prophetically, I titled this video “Reality Show President” two years before we elected the real thing).