New York Times Editor Dean Baquet on Trump: ‘He Will Have Changed Journalism’

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By Andrew Stiles | 4:04 pm, October 6, 2016

Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy has “changed journalism,” according to New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet.

The top boss at America’s so-called “paper of record” made the comments during an interview with the Neiman Journalism Lab published Thursday. Baquet suggested that Trump has “challenged” journalism because of how often he says things that aren’t true.

“I think that [Trump] challenged our language,” said Baquet. “He will have changed journalism, he really will have…We didn’t know how to write the paragraph that said, ‘This is just false.’ We struggle with that. I think that Trump has ended that struggle.”

The Times editor’s comments echo those he made during a recent interview with Slate, in which Baquet described Trump as “hugely challenging” for journalists because Trump “openly lies” and journalists are afraid to call politician liars.

Even some of Trump’s harshest critics on the right have seized on Baquet’s remarks of evidence of how the “liberal media” loves to engage in moral preening.