The fellow has never recovered: How silly is the drivel we're handed on our tribe's favorite shows?
Consider the way Lawrence O'Donnell began Monday night's Last Word. He started with a silly claim about Trump's alleged racism.
He followed with a claim about the press corps' use of the tricky word "lie," a claim which was simply sad:
O'DONNELL (7/15/19): Tonight, the great national debate about “is Donald Trump a racist” appears to be over.To watch this monologue segment, click here.
The debate started eight years ago in earnest in 2011, when Donald Trump first started talking about President Obama's birth certificate. That's when I started using the word "racist" about Donald Trump on this program, and the word “lie”.
But the American news media was not ready for either one of the words and it took the New York Times five full years after that to use the word “lie” to describe what Donald Trump says on a daily basis.
The New York Times finally called Donald Trump a liar in September 2016, when he already lied his way to the Republican presidential nomination.
The New York Times was five years late on "lying," but most of the rest of the news media was later than that. By the second year of the Trump presidency, though, everyone in the American news media had called Donald Trump a liar repeatedly. The Washington Post now keeps an official count of Donald Trump's lies.
Lawrence's claim about the "racist" debate was basically childish and silly. That debate is far from over. It isn't clear who's winning.
Regarding the claim about the word "lie," consider what Lawrence did:
Lawrence said that the Washington Post "now keeps an official count of Donald Trump's lies." As he said this, an image of this June 10 report flashed upon the screen.
The report was published by the Post's "Fact Checker" site. The headline on that report says this:
President Trump has made 10,796 false or misleading claims over 869 daysNewsflash: The Washington Post's Fact Checker site doesn't refer to misstatements as "lies." It tabulates "false and misleading statements." That's as far as it goes.
That's as far as the Fact Checker goes! Rightly or wrongly, it hasn't stampeded after Lawrence when it comes to the tricky term "lie."
Lawrence claimed that the Washington Post now keeps an official count of Trump's "lies." His point was that the Times and the Post finally bower to his own wisdom by using that tricky word.
As proof, he pointed to an official count by the Washington Post. That said, the Post's official count doesn't use the term "lies!"
You could almost say that Lawrence conned his viewers that night. An excitable person might almost decide to say that the gentleman lied!