How to do Good Journalism Between Now and Election Day

Up until recently, many news organizations have been reluctant to use the “L” word to describe Donald Trump’s many falsehoods. When The New York Times finally did — on Sept. 16, 2016 — it was seen as “kind of a big deal.”

In the days since, The Times has tried to make up for lost time, publishing at least eight pieces that have referred to Trump’s lies in headlines. In contrast, some other news organizations have chosen to avoid using the word “lie” to characterize Trump’s statements.

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