Subjectivity and exaggerating the foibles or bad reasoning of the opposition in political coverage was the norm.
Both have mocked the White House for exaggerating the potential harm from sequester.
Anyone who was upset about it was exaggerating its potential impact.
1530s, "to pile up, accumulate," from Latin exaggeratus, past participle of exaggerare "heighten, amplify, magnify," literally "to heap, pile, load, fill," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + aggerare "heap up," from agger (genitive aggeris) "heap," from aggerere "bring together, carry toward," from ad- "to, toward" + gerere "carry" (see gest). Sense of "overstate" first recorded in English 1560s. Related: Exaggerated; exaggerating.