A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.
Thus, the Rashomon effect,
The Rashomon effect occurs when the same event is given contradictory interpretations by different individuals involved. The effect is named after Akira Kurosawa‘s 1950 film Rashomon, in which a murder is described in four mutually contradictory ways by its four witnesses. More broadly, the term addresses the motivations, mechanism, and occurrences of the reporting on the circumstance, and so addresses contested interpretations of events, the existence of disagreements regarding the evidence of events, and the subjects of subjectivity versus objectivity in human perception, memory, and reporting.
We live in Rashomon times.
Wolff’s sourcing note in an excerpt explains many of the myriad inaccuracies, saying, “Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book.”
Anti-trumpers aiming to throw Pres. Trump out of office through a “25th Amendment solution” by declaring him mentally incompetent are relying in this book’s anecdotes.
On the other hand, there’s yesterday’s meeting, aired live for the full 55 minutes. Some things you need to see for yourself, so I encourage you to watch,
Try, if you may, to focus on not on what was said, but on how he managed the meeting:
He invited nearly everyone at the table to have their say. He urged bipartisan cooperation, promising to sign whatever bill Congress brings him.
. . .
He joked, listened, accepted flattery, told anecdotes and presided over a positive tone on an issue that has eluded a legislative solution for a decade or more.
Call it political theater, if you may, but, as I tweeted yesterday,
Anyone watching @realDonaldTrump running the televised live WH meeting on immigration who thinks he’s mentally incapable needs to have their head examined
— Fausta (@Fausta) January 9, 2018
Check out the reactions to that tweet.
Kurosawa would have had material for a great movie.
Michael Knowles highlights what Pres. Trump was doing during the meeting. Pay attention,
Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog