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The demagoguery that has become a key element of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign is no laughing matter, and it's time that media put him in check, the New York Times editorial board declared Tuesday.

The paper's increasingly hostile tone toward the Republican front-runner comes after a week of headlines going back and forth over whether Trump had called for the creation of a database to monitor Muslims in the United States.

"America has just lived through another presidential campaign week dominated by Donald Trump's racist lies," the Times said. "In the Republican field, Mr. Trump has distinguished himself as fastest to dive to the bottom. If it's a lie too vile to utter aloud, count on Mr. Trump to say it, often. It wins him airtime, and retweets through the roof."

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