When the Times headlines a president’s ‘lie’…
UPDATE: New York’s Daily News runs this image as its Wednesday morning front page.
When the Times headlines a president’s ‘lie,’ the game has changed, and not for the better. No amount of spinning untruths as “alternate facts’ is going to un-spin the headline on an article that went live on nytimes.com late this afternoon:
Trump Won’t Back Down From His Voting Fraud Lie. Here Are the Facts.
The article reads in part:
During a private meeting with congressional leaders on Monday, President Trump asserted that between three million and five million unauthorized immigrants had voted for his Democratic opponent and robbed him of a victory in the national popular vote.
There is no evidence to support the claim, which has been discredited repeatedly by numerous fact-checkers.
That did not stop Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, from standing by the president’s words on Tuesday during a briefing with reporters at the White House. “As I said, I think the president has believed that for a while based on studies and information he has,” Mr. Spicer said.
That much appears to be true. Mr. Trump repeatedly raised doubts about the integrity of the American voting system in the period before the election in November and has falsely said since his victory that millions of people voted illegally.
Four days in, and the Times says the man in the Oval Office lies. Don’t look for matters to get better in the near term.
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