Trump’s genius at live-TV deception, writes Matthews, puts Stephanopoulos in a spot. “The result is the jumble ABC News presented Sunday, wherein a frustrated interviewer is forced to entertain the candidate’s lies and try to rebut them in real time, knowing that defusing each and every falsehood is impossible,” argues Matthews.
TV news has never been able to correct every misstatement as it’s uttered. But that doesn’t mean that the “media” is powerless against the lying ways of Donald Trump. Here are some links.
- PolitiFact has compiled 52 rulings that land on the false side of the organization’s truth spectrum.
- Washington Post: “Donald Trump is constantly lying.”
- Washington Post: “Trump’s outrageous claim that ‘thousands’ of New Jersey Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks“
- Business Insider: “Fact-checkers are shredding Donald Trump’s claims he saw people ‘cheering’ on 9/11“
- Daily Beast: “Chris Christie Tiptoes Around Donald Trump’s 9/11 Lie“
- Business Insider: “Donald Trump is spreading dangerous lies about Syrian refugees“
- BBC: “Trump ‘wrong’ in claiming US Arabs cheered 9/11 attacks”
- Inside Edition (URL): “Donald Trump: I Saw Thousands of American Muslims Celebrating After 9/11“
- Slate: “Trump’s Week of Fearmongering and Falsehoods“
- Houston Chronicle: “Donald Trump’s claim that ‘thousands’ of New Jersey Arabs celebrated 9/11 has no support“
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “What Donald Trump might have seen on 9/11. Hint: Not ‘cheering’ Arabs“
- The Telegraph: “Donald Trump repeats discredited claims that US Muslims ‘celebrated’ 9/11 attacks“
So it appears that when a candidate presents false claims, the media writes them up and debunks them. Which is to say, it knows exactly what to do. Whether its work on this front makes any difference, that’s a different matter. There’s a story for that, too: “4 theories why Donald Trump’s many falsehoods aren’t hurting him.”