Oh Yeah, This’ll Help.

April 14th, 2010at 07:12am Posted by Eli

Finally, some fact-checking!

ABC’s Sunday morning public affairs program, “This Week,” is adding an online feature that its political guests may not appreciate: fact checking.

The program is promoting an arrangement with the Web site PolitiFact.com whereby its editors apply its “Truth-O-Meter” — true, half true, false, “pants on fire!” — to the administration officials and lawmakers who are interviewed.

The fact checking, which started Sunday, stands in stark contrast to the he-said, she-said nature of most television chatfests, even though PolitiFact’s work takes place well after the facts and possible falsehoods are first uttered on TV. Both the Web site and ABC said that the checking is just an experiment, but it is already drawing attention online as a small measure of accountability for politicians and television interviewers.

I like the concept, really I do, but I’m pretty sure that the number of visitors to the PolitiFact website is just a tiny fraction of the people watching This Week.  Until they can figure out a way to have the Truth-O-Meter show up live onscreen, I don’t think this is going to make a whole lot of difference.

Also, David Gregory is a Master Of Comedy:

David Gregory, the moderator of “Meet the Press” on NBC, said that accountability is “in the DNA” of his program. He said he had considered Mr. Rosen’s idea but concluded that people can fact check the program on their own online.

Hahahahaha!  Then again, they’re only slightly less likely to do that then they are to click on a third-party webpage hours after the show is over.

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