Non-Monday Self-Smackdown: Gerard Baker Says the WSJ News Staff Will Go the Extra Mile Not to Call Trump's Lies Lies

Comment of the Day: Sans Souci: Wall Street Journal honcho Gerard Baker [unprintables] Donald Trump...: "Murdoch errand boy Gerard 'Costanza' Baker...It's not a lie if Trump believes it... wall-street-journal-honcho-gerard-baker-unprintables-donald-trump-i-do-won.html

...OPINION COMMENTARY: Trump, ‘Lies’ and Honest Journalism: Why editors should be careful about making selective moral judgments about false statements. By Gerard Baker https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-lies-and-honest-journalism-1483557700

Now, I may believe that many of the things Mr. Trump has said in the past year are whoppers of the first order. But there’s a difference between believing that, with reason—my induction from knowledge of the facts—and reporting it as a fact. The latter demands a very high standard of reporting. If we are to use the term 'lie' in our reporting, then we have to be confident about the subject’s state of knowledge and his moral intent. I can see circumstances where we might. I’m reluctant to use the term, not implacably against it..."

Get off your knees, Gerry!...

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