Glenn Kessler uses his words: The Washington Post makes a nice play on this morning's front page.
It's based on the famous "bottomless cup." Glenn Kessler explains it like this:
KESSLER (12/11/18): Trump’s willingness to constantly repeat false claims has posed a unique challenge to fact-checkers. Most politicians quickly drop a Four-Pinocchio claim, either out of a duty to be accurate or concern that spreading false information could be politically damaging.At the Post's Fact-Checker site, a pol will receive a "bottomless Pinocchio" if he repeats a false claim at least twenty times. That's a whole lot of faux repetition.
Not Trump. The president keeps going long after the facts are clear, in what appears to be a deliberate effort to replace the truth with his own, far more favorable, version of it. He is not merely making gaffes or misstating things, he is purposely injecting false information into the national conversation.
To accurately reflect this phenomenon, The Washington Post Fact Checker is introducing a new category—the Bottomless Pinocchio. That dubious distinction will be awarded to politicians who repeat a false claim so many times that they are, in effect, engaging in campaigns of disinformation.
According to Kessler, "The Fact Checker has not identified statements from any [pol] who meets the standard other than Trump." No one else has misstated that much. But the Post has already placed fourteen different false statements by Trump on this creative new list.
While we have you here, we'll suggest you take a look at something Kessler does in his essay. He goes on at great length about Trump's false statements, but he never employs the term "lie."
Given the nature of his presentation, we would have advised Kessler to consider the term "apparent lie." But in this report, Kessler shows how many ways there are to identify misstatements without dropping the once-forbidden L-bomb, a term which routinely creates distracting side discussions which let the misstater escape.
For decades, journalists didn't say "lie." On balance, that policy made good sense.
Kessler follows the old ways today. As he accepts this discipline, he clobbers Trump over the head.