Thursday, September 22, 2016

New York Times decides to call a lie a lie, and its Trump coverage may never be the same

In at least five articles in the New York Times on Sept. 17, including the lead story in the print edition, the words “lie,” “false,” “falsely claimed” and “untrue” appeared in headlines, lead paragraphs, and top sections of the paper’s Trump coverage.
Despite public editor Liz Spayd’s recent insistence that there wasn't a problem and the only reason anyone might suggest there was something different about Donald Trump as a candidate was that they were a dirty ideologue, it’s now New York Times policy to be that little bit more blunt about what’s really going on:
“I think our investigative work—see [the Sept. 17] story on Trump’s tax breaks—has always been hard hitting,” says Dean Baquet, the New York Times’ executive editor. “But we have decided to be more direct in calling things out when a candidate actually lies.” [...]

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