Wall Street Journal: Be 'careful' with the word 'lie' in reference to Trump statements

The Wall Street Journal's editor-in-chief told "Meet the Press" on Sunday that journalists should be careful about using the word "lie" in reference to statements made by President-elect Donald Trump.

Gerard Baker said, "'Lie' implies much more than just saying something that's false. It implies a deliberate intent to mislead."

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Instead, Baker used words like "questionable" and "challengeable" to describe some of Trump's statements.

His approach is different from other media outlets. For one, the New York Times editorial board used "lie" repeatedly in a story.

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Baker said using the word "lie" could appear biased, especially if reporters don't use the word equally for all candidates.

"I think people are saying, 'You know what, Hillary Clinton said a lot things that were false.' I don't recall the press being quite so concerned about saying that she lied in headlines and stories like that," Baker told "Meet the Press."