As the first presidential candidate debate approaches on Monday, parts of the media that have been reluctant to call Donald Trump a liar are finally dropping their polite euphemisms and calling the Republican presidential nominee’s lies what they are.
Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources said on Sunday that newspapers like the New York Times, the Washington Post and Politico are finally foregoing words like “misstatement,” “truth-stretching” and “exaggeration” and crossing a line that is not normally crossed in legacy media, uttering the “L-word.”
“We don’t see this normally during presidential elections,” he said in an interview with Poppy Harlow filmed at Hofstra University, “and the editors I’ve spoken with at these papers say this is necessary to call it out, to tell it like it is.”
“Yes, Hillary Clinton makes misstatements,” he continued. “Politico, for example, counted eight within the last week. However, Donald Trump made more than 70 during that same period of time.”
“There are not two equal sides for fact-checking in this election,” Stelter said. “Donald Trump lies more. Hillary Clinton also makes misstatements, but you can’t weight them equally.”
In its editorial on Sunday, Politico said that “the conclusion is inescapable: Trump’s mishandling of facts and propensity for exaggeration so greatly exceed Clinton’s as to make the comparison almost ludicrous.”
The New York Times pointed out that many of Trump’s lies share a common theme. “Virtually all” of them “directly bolstered a powerful and self-aggrandizing narrative depicting him as a heroic savior for a nation menaced from every direction.”
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Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines
Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.
"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.
More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.
At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.
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According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.
As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."