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(Washington Post)   Along with electronic media and declining revenues, journalists are struggling to deal with politicians who lie compulsively in an age where "lie" is a dirty word   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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1029 clicks; posted to Politics » on 25 Oct 2012 at 11:34 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-10-25 11:42:24 AM  
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In their defense, actually calling the Republicans on their derp means you a) will be used as evidence of "the liberal media" and b) won't get any more interviews with Republicans, thus wrecking your own career.

I mean, they're still gutless cowards for not doing it anyway, but I understand why they're so scared.
2012-10-25 10:26:14 AM  
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Here's the thing, you don't get to call yourself a journalist if you're too frightened to correctly label empirical reality. Call yourself a stenographer, because that's what you are.
2012-10-25 11:56:43 AM  
1 vote:

qorkfiend: Probably because after-the-fact verification is largely useless. People will see the initial interview but won't read the followup.

Yup; look at the first debate. Romney lied at a breathtaking rate, yet still "won" because he was more charismatic/presidential/assertive than his opponent.
2012-10-25 11:40:16 AM  
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journalists are struggling to deal with politicians Republicans who lie compulsively in an age where "lie" is a dirty word

Edited for accuracy. Dems will tendentiously stretch the truth a bit but they don't invent realities out of whole cloth.
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