Kevin Drum writes that the media is finally standing up to Donald Trump. I don’t disagree, but I noticed the words “lie” or “lying” never appeared in the quotes used by Drum. Drum himself describes “Trump’s tsunami of lying. . .”, but the media quotes use various euphemisms:
- misstatements and exaggerations
- stretched the facts
- falsehoods and exaggeration
- inaccuracies and overstatements
“Falsehoods” comes close but is still more passive than “lying”. I suppose the media prefer to use long words. “Lie” must be too short; it’s only three letters.
Drum concludes “the job of the press is to tell the truth. They should do it, regardless of whether it makes much difference or not.”
How can you argue with that?