E.J. Dionne does not say that the President of the United States is a damned liar. That would be shrill. Instead, he says things such as:
A very intelligent political reporter I know said the other night that Republicans simply run better campaigns than Democrats. If I were given a free pass to stretch the truth to the breaking point, I could run a pretty good campaign, too.
It’s the old McCarthy problem: When a politician campaigns on flat-out lies, should reporters just report the lies and the denials, or should they do the fact-checking and report the results?