Some of us over here on the social media have been calling Boris Johnson, Jo Swinson and their ilk liars for a considerable time.
But I welcome Dorothy Byrne’s call for mainstream media journalists to subject the political class to far closer scrutiny than they get at the moment.
She is absolutely right to say that a politician who has deliberately spoken a falsehood should be challenged over it – immediately.
I look forward to seeing this policy implemented across the BBC, ITV and Sky News, as well as Channel 4 – although I am concerned that Andrew Marr and/or Jo Coburn may choke while trying it.
Channel 4’s head of news has defended the right of journalists to call out politicians for telling lies.
Dorothy Byrne delivered a keynote speech at the Edinburgh TV Festival on Wednesday, calling Prime Minister Boris Johnson a “coward” for not granting news interviews.
She also said he was “a known liar”.
Byrne told the BBC: “If someone has deliberately spoken an untruth and we have evidence, we have to consider saying that what is said is a lie.”