As Trump’s lies have grown more and more blatant, Americans have pressured the media to stop replacing the word “lies” with softer ones like “false statements,” “misleading claims,” or—in this case—”Pinocchios.”
When will MSM call them what they are – LIES! pic.twitter.com/GJIpKlsOQy
— Kimberly Stirdivant (@PRGalForHire) December 10, 2018
Gaslighting complete. Moved on from discussing how abhorrent it is that he lies to us, and now we're only talking about how MUCH he lies to us.
— Martin Clifford (@MartinLClifford) December 10, 2018
I think "Pinocchio" is a bit too innocuous a name to convey the damage Trump's lies can cause. Maybe something like "The Unending Himmler" would be more appropriate.
— Jeff (@wings_treasures) December 10, 2018
For its part, The Washington Post has long been a thorn in Trump’s—and a certain other corrupt president’s—side. In fact, the same journalist who helped expose the Watergate coverup during the Nixon era, Bob Woodward, also wrote Fear: Trump in the White House, which used hours of recorded interviews and hundreds of documents to cover a President whose administration is a sinking ship. During a normal Presidency, Americans would likely still be talking about the book, which was released in September, and a normal President would have had to heavily strategize to discredit it. After a few scathing tweets from the President, it’s now largely forgotten.
That’s because, to many, this is not a normal presidency nor is this a normal President, largely thanks to a sheer willingness—perhaps even eagerness—to lie.
The President may never win that elusive Nobel Peace Prize for his talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, but thanks to the Washington Post, he is the only figure with the distinction of 14 bottomless Pinocchios—a fitting tribute.