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News media hesitate to use ‘lie’ for Trump’s misstatements

August 29, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has been accused of dishonesty, spreading falsehoods, misrepresenting facts, distorting news, passing on inaccuracies and being loose with the truth. But does he lie?

It’s a loaded word, and some critics believe major news organizations are too timid to use it.

The issue came into focus this week when The Washington Post for the first time last week declared that Trump had lied. The Post’s influential fact-checker had already documented more than 4,000 false or misleading claims that Trump had made as president.

News organizations generally resist using the word because it requires them to judge a person’s intent.

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