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NY Times: We have "high threshold" for lies
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:28:35 AM »
NY Times: We Have ‘High Threshold’ for Lies

by Larry O'Connor  5 Nov 2013 

The New York Times has an explanation for their characterization of President Obama's deceptive claim that "if you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance." It is not as a "lie," but merely that Obama "mis-spoke."

Times public editor Margaret Sullivan addressed the criticism on Monday: 

On Monday, I asked the editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, about the wording.

“We have a high threshold for whether someone lied,” he told me. The phrase that The Times used “means that he said something that wasn’t true.” Saying the president lied would have meant something different, Mr. Rosenthal said — that he knew it was false and intended to express the falsehood. “We don’t know that,” he said.

Contrary to what many readers and commenters are saying, The Times has frequently been tough on the president and his administration in recent months on subjects from press rights to surveillance to drones.

But “misspoke” does suggest a one-time slip of the tongue.

Wouldn’t it have been better, I asked Mr. Rosenthal, if the editorial had said that Mr. Obama’s statements “clearly weren’t true,” or that the president “was clearly wrong” when he repeatedly made those statements?

He responded that the editorial’s language was fine, but he also allowed, “We could have done that.”
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Re: NY Times: We have "high threshold" for lies
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2013, 09:09:14 AM »
In other words, according to the New York Times, the President unintentionally "misspoke".

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Re: NY Times: We have "high threshold" for lies
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2013, 09:14:02 AM »
Where the hell is William Ayers now when we REALLY need him?    :whistle:
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Re: NY Times: We have "high threshold" for lies
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2013, 11:23:30 AM »
They were pretty quick to use the word "lie" when they were referring to Bush's position on WMD (shared by the rest of the world), weren't they?

Nice that they've become so generous to President's now...........    **nononono*
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