Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Getting the Facts Straight

No, I don't have the story on Trent Lott yet, but once the claims and facts have all come to light, will the press make any effort to sort them out? I wish I could count on them, but as Paul Waldman points out, I can't.
Here's the thing: Politicians lie. The only thing that will keep them from lying is if they know they'll pay a price. And the only ones who can make them pay that price are the reporters whose job it is to tell us what's going on. Unless reporters are willing to step in when candidates are arguing over "facts" and tell you which side is being honest, there is absolutely no incentive for the politicians to tell the truth. Rudy may well now be saying, "Hell, how about next time we just say crime increased on Romney's watch by a thousand percent? Who's going to stop us?"
Via smijer:
Honestly, if they can't be bothered to include the facts along with politician's claims, they might as well just write about Elvis sightings and leave the news to someone else.

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