6 May 2017 — FAIR
After much back and forth, National Public Radio finally clarified its editorial stance on when it is and isn’t appropriate to call a lie a lie. Wrote NPR’s Richard Gonzales (1/25/16):
Now many listeners want to know why [NPR correspondent Mary Louise] Kelly didn’t just call the president a liar.
On Morning Edition, Kelly explains why. She says she went to the Oxford English Dictionary seeking the definition of “lie.”
“A false statement made with intent to deceive,” Kelly says. “Intent being the key word there. Without the ability to peer into Donald Trump’s head, I can’t tell you what his intent was. I can tell you what he said and how that squares, or doesn’t, with facts.”
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