Fact-Checking the President

January 25, 2011 at 9:41 PM Leave a comment

According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, nonprofits are teaming up to fact-check President Obama as he delivers the state of the union address this evening (as we blog, in fact):

Nonprofit newsroom the Center for Public Integrity and watchdog group the Sunlight Foundation are teaming with the Huffington Post online service and the political magazine the National Journal to provide real-time fact-checking as the president makes his annual report to Congress.

In our experience, fact-checking political speeches is usually a silly if harmless exercise. The crux of a political speech isn’t the bare facts themselves but how the speaker selects them, spins them, and draws conclusions from them. Those points aren’t something you can check against an encyclopedia; they are political arguments that can only be settled by politics and debate.

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