... Loren Ghiglione (Medill School of Journalism, Moderator): Why can't you say it plainly?
[Elizabeth Bumiller (New York Times)]: You can't just say the president is lying. You don't just say that in the . . . you just say—
Ghiglione: Well, why can't you?
[laughter from the audience]
Bumiller: You can in an editorial, but I'm sorry, you can't in a news column. Mr. Bush is lying? You can say Mr. Bush is, you can say. . . .
[Murmuring and laughter continue from audience.]
Bumiller [to audience]: And stop the fussing! You can say Mr. Bush's statement was not factually accurate. You can't say the president is lying—that's a judgment call.
[Susan Page (USA Today)]: I think its much more powerful to say, "However, the president's statement did not reflect the record"—
Bumiller: Or "was not factually accurate."
Page: "Was not factually accurate." I think that's more powerful than. . . .
[Audience continues to murmur.]
Bumiller [to audience]: What is wrong with that? What is your problem with that? What? Why do you all object to that?...