…As there is no date certain … I suggest that our ability to overlook Presidential lying” began with Ronald Reagan and escalated significantly under Bill Clinton…

…As there is no date certain … I suggest that our ability to overlook Presidential lying” began with Ronald Reagan and escalated significantly under Bill Clinton…

 

The Pathological Refusal to Report the Simple Truth About Presidential Lying

When did the simple act of calling out a politician for lying become such a taboo?

By Reed Richardson / FAIR …..November 17, 2017, 9:30 AM GMT ….It is a truism to say that everyone lies to someone. Since public officials entrusted with power in our democracy are no exception to this human trait—as historical research documents—it should be exceedingly acceptable to point out that all politicians, from your local city council right up to the White House, lie as well. The Framers afforded the press special constitutional protection in large part to ensure that such lies would not reach the public unchallenged.

Tragically, one of the most honest rhetorical tools that journalists have in the fight for truth has been struck from the lingua franca of US journalists. Within the stilted framework of mainstream news “objectivity,” the simple act of calling out “lies” or “lying” by a politician—especially a president—is now taboo. It imputes impossible-to-determine motives to those accused, the thinking goes, so the use of these words to identify a documented falsehood is now considered controversial, partisan, inflammatory, unfair.

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