Accessing The Truth

As if to prove Dan Froomkin’s point about the mainstream media’s aversion to using the L-word (not that L-word, silly; we’re talkin’ three letters here), PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer tells Liz Cox Barrett of CJR Daily, “I don’t deal in terms like ‘blatantly untrue.’ That’s for other people to decide when something’s ‘blatantly untrue.’ There’s always a germ of truth in just about everything … My part of journalism is to present what various people say about it the best we can find out [by] reporting and let others — meaning commentators, readers, viewers, bloggers or whatever … I’m not in the judgment part of journalism. I’m in the reporting part of journalism. I have great faith in the intelligence of the American viewer and reader to put two and two together and come up with four. Sometimes they’re going to come up with five. Best I can do for them is to give them every piece of information I can find and let them make the judgments. That’s just my basic view of my function as a journalist.”