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Our president is the man of 10,000 lies

By Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency on

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the referees."

Admittedly, that is not quite how the famous line from Shakespeare's "Henry VI" goes. As you may recall, it was actually the lawyers whose demise was proposed.

But though no one is known to have uttered the words above, they still neatly encompass the strategy conservatives have long used against the so-called "liberal media." Namely, undermine them -- and thus, their ability to act as arbiters of truth -- with relentless attacks on their credibility.

No less an authority than conservative pundit Charlie Sykes admitted as much in a 2016 interview with journalist Oliver Darcy. "We've basically eliminated any of the referees, the gatekeepers," he said of himself and his conservative colleagues.

Sykes spoke during the 2016 campaign when people were still stunned at the barrage of untruths spewing from the Republican candidate.

"We've created this monster," said Sykes, adding that, "At a certain point, you wake up and you realize you have destroyed the credibility of any credible [news] outlet out there. And I am feeling, to a certain extent, that we are reaping the whirlwind at that."

 

In related news, Donald Trump told the 10,000th lie of his presidency Friday. This, according to The Washington Post, which maintains a database of all the times Trump has exaggerated, distorted or misled.

Ten thousand.

Feels like there ought to be a statue, or something. And what does Trump lie about? Pretty much everything.

He lies about the border wall, claiming it is now being built. It isn't.

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