David Corn: How to Beat the Fact-CheckersQuicklink submitted by Sheila Samples Permalink
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|With the fact-checking outfits knocking both candidates and declining to explicitly compare their relative slipperiness, it might actually be easier for politicians to weather Pinocchios, pants-on-fire ratings, and whatnot. In the end, the flood of vetting fosters the they-all-do-it impression that gives cover to pols who prevaricate the most. One might argue that, say, Romney's untruths have been more foundational than Obama's (such as when he asserted there had been 'no new jobs' created under Obama), but with all the Pinocchios flying about, such a distinction can be lost. The major incentive for lying--to score a political point--remains unchanged.|
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