Why doesn't news media use the word "lie" when reporting on something that is a lie? They usually use words like "falsehood", "misstatement" or "untruth" instead, and often when it's something a politician has said.

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  • The word "lie" could strike readers more as opinion than fact, or harm a newspaper's authority and credibility, especially among readers with different political viewpoints.

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  • A lie has the intention to deceive. It's often not possible to prove this - it could be that the perpetrator of the "lie" was actually just confused or ignorant.

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