Monday, September 15, 2008
Looking for a Few Honest Politicians
I found a new website that I really like. It's called http://www.factcheck.org/. I noticed it was referenced in several of the political articles I have read. So I checked it out. Basically it looks at candidates' speeches and commercials and analyzes what in them is fact and what are lies, or at least stretching the truth. In their own words, "We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in
politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding." For example, some of the issues I had been hardest on Palin for turn out to not be true at all as I found out here. Then again, she did make several false claims about Obama during her RNC speech. On the other side, McCain's add about Obama's bill to teach sex education to kindergarteners is "simply false". However, Obama has also had an add with misleading claims about McCain's voting record. Basically everyone is lying. Who knows, the website might even be lying, but it seems to point out both sides' false information. I'm ready to vote and get all this over with. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of any of these guys (or gal).