Totally agree, Berny.

I suspect most Trump supporters would give him the benefit of the doubt and characterize his false statements as “mistakes.” And his detractors, of course, always call them “lies.” Journalists shouldn’t go down either road. It’s not their job to extend the benefit of the doubt to the politicians they like, nor is it okay for them to assume the worst about the politicians they don’t like. Ironically, it’s precisely that kind of biased behavior that has given Trump’s most vocal supporters the excuse they need to dismiss virtually all negative news about Trump as “fake news.” Trump’s critics should keep that in mind before they go off on Haberman and other journalists for acting like a principled and genuine journalist should act.

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