A stark contrast in the ethics of journalism has been brought to the forefront of the public debate about the role of the press in dealing with a president who constantly lies. President-elect Donald Trump has changed the political world with his shameless tactic of stating things which he knows are not true.
There are two schools of thought in how to deal with Trump. The first comes from the editor in chief of the Wall Street journal Gerard Baker. He has indicated he has no interest in pointing out if Trump is lying, even if he is aware of the lie. Baker said, “I’d be careful about using the word, ‘lie.”Lie’ implies much more than just saying something that’s false. It implies a deliberate intent to mislead…I think if you start ascribing a moral intent, as it were, to someone by saying that they’ve lied, I think you run the risk that you look like you are, like you’re not being objective.”
Baker’s cowardly point of view was eviscerated by legendary journalist Dan Rather who, in part, said:
A lie, is a lie, is a lie. Journalism, as I was taught it, is a process of getting as close to some valid version of the truth as is humanly possible. And one of my definitions of news is information that the powerful don’t want you to know.
Read Rather’s full comment below: