The problem now is that we've labelled lies as something else. They are no longer lies, not even mistakes or errors or just plain wrong. They are now post-truths. Instead, media reporting takes the form of "he said, she said" dueling quotations.
There is a deep distrust of anything British Petroleum has to say here in south Louisiana, and the President's claim that 90 percent of the flow will be stopped by the middle of July is being roundly criticized. If the number came from BP, there is good reason to be incredulous.