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Gerard Baker on “Lies” in the Media

The editor of the Wall Street Journal argues that reporters and editors should use the word “lie” only to refer to statements that have been proven to be a) false and b) understood to be false by the speaker. These conditions will rarely be met. I think he is exactly right, and too many references to “lies” in our political debates come nowhere close to meeting those conditions.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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