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'We Should Fact-Check Him Backwards': Columnist Tells CNN That Journalists Should Assume Trump Is 'Lying' Until He's Proven Otherwise

August 26, 2018 in Blogs

By Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement

“I'm done being Talmudic about 'is it a lie, what's his intent'. Who could know intent with this man?”


Baltimore Sun columnist David Zurawik, on CNN's Reliable Sources, had an interesting take on Donald Trump's relationship with the truth.

When asked about his “journalistic principles” during the Trump era, and attempting to navigate the high level of misinformation coming out of the administration, Zurawik said that we, “have to do a cultural analysis, and we have to try to understand, and explain, how Trump's constant lying has corroded, has made toxic the information system in this country.”

“I'm done being Talmudic about 'is it a lie, what's his intent'. Who could know intent with this man? He lies every minute, he changes his story second to second,” added Zurawik.

“We should just say he's lying, folks. Start from that premise. He is a liar. Okay, if you can prove he's not telling a lie, great — we should fact check him backwards maybe, see if anything he's telling us is true.”

Zurawik concluded, “I think we've wrestled with it long enough for 18 months that we can call him a liar without being self-conscious and nervous about it, even by some of the highest standards of legacy journalism.

Watch the interview below.

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