In recent days New York Times news coverage did something remarkable (for the New York Times). It called an obvious lie by a U.S. president a lie.
NPR News, in contrast, announced that it would continue its policy of not calling presidential lies lies. And it provided this justification:
"Without the ability to peer into Donald Trump's head, I can't tell you what his intent was."
Two obvious problems:
1. By that standard you can never call anyone other than yourself, not even non-presidents, a liar. The concept just drops out of the English language.
2. NPR peers into people's heads all the time. For example, last Tuesday NPR reported: "Republicans believe their tax overhaul would generate significant economic growth." Do they really believe that? How does NPR know?
Click here to tell National Public Radio that straightforward honesty is called for at this time, and it's time to call a lie a lie.
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> Adam Johnson, FAIR: NPR's No-"Lie" Policy and the Limits of Impartiality in the Trump Era
> CEPR: When It Comes to Saying Donald Trump Lied, NPR Says It Can't Get Into a Politician's Head, Unlike the Other Times When It Apparently Can