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The bitter reality for journalists covering a president who lies, and lies, and lies some more

By Quartz

The American media is being played by the Trump White House’s propaganda machine, and journalists don’t know what to do. How should reporters cover aRead full story

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  • The Trump conundrum. Reporters can't very well ignore the US president. Yet, when we repeat what he says, we plant the seeds of his propaganda.

  • I taught Communications at the New England School of Broadcasting (now Communication) and one of the things I used to tell my many students was that you have to have courage if you are in journalism. Courage. It's the ability to spot bullshit and call it out for what it is, regardless of the price that you have to pay for doing so.

  • Many of the ‘lies’ the Press claims he has made are hyperbole or merely incorrect statements. The thousands they throw out are also inflated by counting the same statement multiple times. If you counted every time Obama said “if you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor, you can keep your he would have an impressive count as well.

    And if the nitpicked everyone of Obama’s statements, you could inflate his count as well. His claim he saved the economy is nonsense, as well as his claim to saving

    Many of the ‘lies’ the Press claims he has made are hyperbole or merely incorrect statements. The thousands they throw out are also inflated by counting the same statement multiple times. If you counted every time Obama said “if you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor, you can keep your he would have an impressive count as well.

    And if the nitpicked everyone of Obama’s statements, you could inflate his count as well. His claim he saved the economy is nonsense, as well as his claim to saving GM.

    He also lied about where he was when Benghazi was going down.

    Politicians all spew hyperbole, that could be considered lies, the press is just all over Trump.

    I wish he would tighten up his comments, but I also wish the press would focus on what is important.

  • No easy answers but I like the "truth sandwich" suggested by professor George Lakoff: say Trump lied, repeat what Trump said, explain why it's a lie.

  • Perhaps every time the press takes a view out of its correct broader context, intentionally skews the public view toward their bias, downplays extremely more egregious infractions by one party to favor another, those should be considered lies. And are in my opinion.

    As it is a lie for them to call themselves news agencies, or reporters.

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