The Wall Street Journal has always been a loyal tool of the Republican Party, willing to swallow any horseshit and spit it right back up as long as it comes from a politician with an “R” after their name. But the paper’s editor, Gerard Baker, hit a new low on the New Year’s Day episode of Meet the Press, when he openly admitted the Journal would not be labeling popular-vote-losing President-elect Donald Trump’s lies as such.
“I’d be careful about using the word ‘lie’,” he told hapless host Chuck Todd, who offered no pushback to this absurd argument. “‘Lie’ implies much more than just saying something that’s false. It implies a deliberate intent to mislead.” He continued that by pointing out a well-documented liar’s lies, “you run the risk that you look like you are, you’re not being, objective.”
Apparently Baker’s definition of “objective” is to always assume that the orange man-baby isn’t deliberately spreading false information (like, say, that thousands of Muslims danced in the streets of Jersey City on 9/11, or that President Obama was not born in the US). Now, granted, this credulousness disguised as “professionalism” doesn’t automatically make Baker a Republican lackey every bit as dishonest as the thugs and criminals his paper routinely fawns over. We suppose it’s possible he may reprint Trump’s insane blatherings while believing in his heart that the Imbecile-in-Chief is stupid and/or ill-informed.
But we kinda doubt it.
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