As an Op-Ed columnist, Mr. Krugman clearly has the freedom to call out what he thinks is a lie. My question for readers is: should news reporters do the same?If so, then perhaps the next time Mr. Romney says the president has a habit of apologizing for his country, the reporter should insert a paragraph saying, more or less:“The president has never used the word ‘apologize’ in a speech about U.S. policy or history. Any assertion that he has apologized for U.S. actions rests on a misleading interpretation of the president’s words.”
Yes, and I would go a step further.
Until Romney withdrew the accusation or produced evidence to the contrary, he would not be granted interviews with the New York Times, and the New York Times would regularly make it clear why.
Unless you have the second part, the first is useless.