Appearing as a panel member on Fox News Sunday, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd recalled that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has caused the Times to change its policies so the word "liar" can be applied to politicians, and then pivoted to taking a swipe at former Vice President Dick Cheney as she recounted having to search for "synonyms" for the word "liar" when writing about him.
Chris Wallace brought up Times coverage of the recording of Trump speaking obscenely about women from 2005 as the Fox host posed:
Maureen, I'm sitting reading my New York Times on Saturday morning, and the lead story, the "F" bomb, explicit descriptions of women's anatomy -- these are quotes from Donald Trump. I also see the paper on the front page says "All the news that's fit to print." I guess I have two questions. One, what has happened to the Grey Lady, as the Times is called? And is this all just a promotion for your new book?
After laughing and joking, "Yes," the liberal Times columnist continued: "Chris, I think that Trump's lasting legacy -- aside from destroying the Republican party -- will be changing the New York Times in these profound ways where, for the first time, we've changed our policy, and we call politicians 'liars' and presidential candidates 'liars,' which we never did."
She added: "I was always having to look up synonyms when I was writing about Dick Cheney. And now we've changed the policy again to use these kind of smutty words, so thank you, Donald Trump."