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The Post’s Eric Wemple gives an October lecture.

The Post’s Eric Wemple gives an October lecture.

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Alexandra Radovic

The Post’s Eric Wemple gives an October lecture.

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The Washington Post media critic said in October Americans’ dwindling trust in journalism stems from President Donald Trump’s lack of respect for the truth.

“In an administration that has no respect for the truth, how is that administration going to have any respect for the people whose job it is to tell the truth?” Eric Wemple told an audience of about 40 people during the second speech of the college’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship and Social Justice lecture series.

Wemple criticized Trump for regularly making statements that are “false, misleading or unsupported by the evidence.” And he criticized the media for being “careful about pointing out his falsehoods but generally very careful about saying that he lied.”

Wemple cited several instances when Trump made statements that were later proven untrue.

“This is the only issue that really, really spreads across everything because you can’t have … debate … if you are not telling the truth,” he said.

“This is the No. 1 issue and it should never ever go away.”

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