Fact-checking became a hot topic after Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention last week. Is fact-checking a trojan horse for left-wing partisans? Is it something members of the news media should do reflexively and in-person? And who will fact-check the fact-checkers of the fact-checkers?
Fact-checking just magically “became” a hot topic. It’s not that the Romney campaign, which stated it would not be run by fact-checkers, MADE fact-checking into the story, rather than Ryan’s numerous incorrect statements. It couldn’t be that starting a “debate” over fact-checking was in any way in the interests of the Romney campaign.
No, it just became a story all on its own.
But hey, I am a left-wing partisan. Maybe facts are just a Trojan horse for me to get my message out there.
ps. Glenn Kessler’s response that you can’t possibly expect politicians to tell the truth which means you don’t have to call them out when they lie is just PRECIOUS.