The New York Times opinion section on Thursday published an extensive list of what it called "demonstrably and substantially false statements" by President Trump, but many of the examples fell into categories of opinion, imprecision and perhaps mistaken claims.
The study, produced by liberal columnist David Leonhardt, assistant opinion page editor Ian Philbrick and opinion page graphics director Stuart Thompson, claimed to find 103 Trump "lies" during his first 10 months in office and contrasted them to the scant 18 that former President Barack Obama supposedly told in his two full terms.
Here are seven statements Trump made that the Times referred dubiously to as "lies":
1. Jan. 21: "A reporter for Time magazine — and I have been on their cover 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time magazine.” That one was rolled into the Times list of "substantially false statements" because Trump has only appeared on the magazine's cover 11 times and was outpaced by former President Richard Nixon's 55 times.
2. Jan. 28: "The coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost has been so false and angry that the Times actually apologized to its dwindling subscribers and readers.” The Times never explicitly apologized to its readers for its coverage of Trump but it did send subscribers a letter after the election acknowledging that it and other news outlets did "underestimate his support among American voters."
3. Feb. 16: “We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban. But we had a bad court. Got a bad decision." Whether the rollout was "very smooth" or not could be up for individual interpretation. But the Times piece called included it a lie because, the paper said, the rollout "was chaotic."
4. Feb. 24: "ICE came and endorsed me." The union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents did endorse Trump during the 2016 campaign. He was not, however, endorsed by the federal ICE agency itself. The failure on his part was distinguishing between an official government building and the people who work in it.
5. April 28: "She's running against someone who's going to raise your taxes to the sky, destroy your health care, and he's for open borders — lots of crime.” This statement was about Republican Karen Handel's successful race for the House seat in Georgia against Democrat Jon Ossoff. Though Trump might genuinely believe that Ossoff would have done those things had he won his Georgia race (he lost), Trump's statement was classified as a lie because Ossoff, the Times said, never officially stated them as part of his campaign platform.
6. May 8: "But when I did [Stephen Colbert's CBS] show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was high — highest rating. The highest rating he’s ever had.” Trump's appearance on "The Late Show" in September 2015 actually gave the program its second-highest ratings up to that point, bested only by Colbert's CBS debut earlier in the same month. The Times said that distinction made Trump's claim a lie.
7. Oct. 11: "We have missiles that can knock out a missile in the air 97 percent of the time. If you send two of them, it's going to get knocked out.” The Times took issue with the percentage Trump offered, which the paper said should have been 60 percent, rather than 97 percent.
Leonhardt, the lead author of the Times piece, did not return a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.