What is narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)? The DSM V indicates the following defining characteristics:
1) Grandiose sense of self-importance (exaggerates achievements and talents).
2) Preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, etc.
4) Requires excessive admiration.
5) Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations.
6) Interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his own ends.
7) Lacks empathy.
8) Envious of others or believes that others are envious of him.
9) Arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.
Gaslighting is a favorite strategy used by someone with NPD. Gaslighting uses persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction and lying to destabilize and delegitimize a target, in this case, the American public and the media. The intent is to sow seeds of doubt, hoping to make people question their memory, perception and sanity.
When the administration says the media is lying, be careful. If the media wants access to a person with NPD, the last thing they will do is to irritate them by contradicting them.
It is in our interest to support the media when they call out gaslighting.