Donald Trump just accused Ted Cruz’s dad of being with Oswald before the killing of JFK.

The press in up in arms over how to treat this.

Trump has once again said something wacky that the media can’t refute with total certainty (this is an ongoing problem). The Cruz campaign has said the man in question is not the candidate’s father, but there is no easy way to prove a negative. So the media are left to point out the lack of credible evidence supplied by Trump and the Enquirer without actually asserting that the report is fiction.

It’s a dance that has been repeated many times over, but perhaps never has it been so difficult.

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So, let me teach the press how this get handled.

You put a picture of Donald Trump on your front page with the headline

LIAR

Doctored Trumpism

Then you tell his accusation.

That is all.

If he wants to counter the name-tag you just gave him (and as a political animal he will), he has to prove it.

If he can, you issue a correction.  If he can’t, he’s done.

 

End of lesson.

 

 

 

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