Acknowledging what will undoubtedly become a major theme of 2016 campaign coverage, NPR on Thursday launched “Break It Down,” a regular feature devoted to fact-checking comments made by politicians including the massive field of presidential hopefuls.
The first edition, which opened with a hip-hop beat and a remix of Ronald Reagan’s now-famous rebuke to Jimmy Carter (“There you go again”), dissected the back-and-forth between Donald Trump and several other candidates in the recent Republican debate on CNN. The verdict? Accusations and personal attacks hurled across the debate stage aren’t always cut-and-dried.
“OK, so there’s some truth to it, but it’s a complicated story,” said Steve Inskeep, host of “Morning Edition.”
That’s the kind of nuance NPR is seeking to bring to its politics coverage with “Break It Down,” which was dreamed up by NPR’s politics team and germinated in Storytelling Lab, the network’s incubator for promising new projects. Read more