Representatives from the nation's fact-checking apparatus will gather Wednesday at the National Press Club to discuss "the less-than-factual lines President Obama and Mitt Romney are likely to spin" at their debates, Amy Bingham reports. FactCheck.org, the Associated Press, The Washington Post and Politifact, which is owned by Poynter's Tampa Bay Times, all plan to send red-pencilers.
The first debate is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler appears to be all set for fact-checking's Super Bowls: Monday morning he published a takedown of a claim in a political ad based on a Marc Thiessen column that ran in The Washington Post.
In the piece, Kessler goes to work on Thiessen's thesis that "more than half the time, the commander in chief does not attend his daily intelligence meeting." He goes into wonk-glazing detail on the presidential daily briefing (PDB) and concludes it's a "a misguided attack because Obama has chosen to receive his information in a different manner than his predecessor." Three Pinocchios, ruleth the fact-checker.
Thiessen fired back Tuesday morning. (more...)