What is truth? This can be a challenge, but no matter whether one is a journalist, politician, mechanic or baker, it should be everyone’s quest. In Western Civilization, from religion to science to philosophy, one of the key goals in life is the search for objective truth, however elusive though it may be.
What is a lie? Is it simply the opposite of truth?
Not necessarily. This can be harder to determine, in fact, because to be a lie, there must be intent behind it. A statement or belief may be honestly held, but still be wrong. Is it then a lie?
So what do we do with the world of opinion, that broad realm in between? Time was, a newspaper tried its best to put objective truth on every page but one: the editorial page was the home of the in-between, the opinion, the presently unprovable but fervently believed.