One of the least understood weaknesses in modern journalism is that how the news media determines someone’s credibility is extremely subjective and is often not based at all in what the truth likely is. In this context, it is important to take a look at how and why former Trump aide and reality television villain “Omarosa” is suddenly being treated by much of the media as if she is a very serious person.

Up until the last few days, when it was learned that she has a new book out and that she secretly taped President Donald Trump during her brief time in the White House, the news media has been very hesitant to allow her back into the media’s elite club of “people who are famous enough for us to pretend they are credible.” There were many solid reasons for this position.

Here are just some of them: