News media is hesitant to say Trump is lying, because if he believes what he’s saying, is he really lying?
As Donald Trump has claimed to see “thousands” of Muslims celebrating after 9/11, news organizations have hesitated to call him out on lying, even though his claims don’t stand up to fact-checking. Philip Bump writes that this is because, “If Donald Trump believes that he saw what he says he saw, is he lying?” Trump’s claims may be incorrect, but Bump writes that his intentionality cannot be assumed.
+ After Trump seemingly mocked a reporter for his disability, The New York Times is calling Trump’s criticisms against investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski and calls for an apology from NYT “outrageous” (CNN Money)
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