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All Politicians Lie. Some Lie More Than Others. Washington — I’m a political fact-checker, which is usually an automatic conversation starter at parties. These days, I get two questions repeatedly: “Is it worse than it’s ever been?” And “What’s up with Donald Trump?” I’ve been fact-checking since 2007, when The Tampa Bay Times founded PolitiFact as a new way to cover elections.

We don’t check absolutely everything a candidate says, but focus on what catches our eye as significant, newsworthy or potentially influential. Our ratings are also not intended to be statistically representative but to show trends over time. Donald J. . , another candidate in the Republican race who’s never held elective office, does slightly better on the Truth-O-Meter (which I sometimes feel the need to remind people is not an actual scientific instrument): Half of the statements we’ve checked have proved Mostly False or worse. Most of the professional politicians we fact-check don’t reach these depths of inaccuracy. Continue reading the main story Pants on Fire. At Second Debate, Republicans Out-Crazy Trump. One of the weird and troublesome things about political debates is the disconnect between the qualities of showmanship that the format requires, and what such talents reveal about how a candidate would govern.

At Second Debate, Republicans Out-Crazy Trump

Take Scott Walker. There is surely no better combination of ideological boldness and political calculation available in the race. As Wisconsin governor, he has learned the possibilities of using power to destroy the opposition’s political and economic base, acting as swiftly and shrewdly as possible. Yet on the debate stage, he comes across as mild, even weak. He is not terrible as a debater. Bush, like Walker, is not especially bad onstage. Trump remains a fascinating mix of bluster, ignorance, misogyny — defining Bush’s wife and Carly Fiorina by their appearances — and occasional bouts of common sense. The Bush administration proved the most fruitful basis for Jeb to press his larger claim that Trump had defied party orthodoxy. Is Donald Trump Running a False Flag Campaign to Help Hillary Clinton? The New York Times public editor's very public utterance.

'Should the Times be a Truth Vigilante?

The New York Times public editor's very public utterance

' asked Arthur Brisbane. 'Yes,' came the resounding reply. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters Thursday, Arthur Brisbane, the public editor of the New York Times, went to his readers with a question: "I'm looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge 'facts' that are asserted by newsmakers they write about. " Brisbane (who, as public editor, speaks only for himself, not the Times) referred to two recent stories: the claim that Clarence Thomas had "misunderstood" a financial reporting form when he left out key information, and Mitt Romney's assertion that President Obama gives speeches "apologising" for America. The reaction from readers was swift, voluminous, negative and incredulous.

"Is this a joke? "If the purpose of the NYT is to be an inoffensive container for ad copy, then by all means continue to do nothing more than paraphrase those press releases. "

2012 Elections

I-want-you-to-disagree-and-fight-amongst-each-other.jpg (JPEG Image, 500x500 pixels) Policy Failings. Purple America. Robert Vanderbei at Princeton University made the first Purple America map after the 2000 presidential election.

Purple America

It attempts to reflect the margin of victory in each county by coloring each with a shade between true blue and true red. In light of the general absence of overwhelming victories, this technique results in mostly shades. This map was reprinted in US News & World Report a few months prior to the 2004 election. After the 2004 election, Vanderbei and then others made similar maps summarizing the results. Quickly thereafter, the term Purple America permeated the political blogosphere and entered the public lexicon as a way of stating that the United States is not as divided as the political pundits would have the people believe.

Cartograms developed by Gastner, Shalizi, Newman[1] at the University of Michigan provide another way to depict election results. See also[edit] References[edit] External links[edit] Education and the electorate.


Reasons to Disagree with the GOP (Gaurdians of Plutocracy) Behind the Arab Revolt Is a Word We Dare Not Speak. Shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, I interviewed Ray McGovern, one of an elite group of CIA officers who prepared the President's daily intelligence brief.

Behind the Arab Revolt Is a Word We Dare Not Speak

At that time, McGovern was at the apex of the "national security" monolith that is American power and had retired with presidential plaudits. On the eve of the invasion, he and 45 other senior officers of the CIA and other intelligence agencies wrote to Bush that the "drumbeat for war" was based not on intelligence, but lies. "It was 95 percent charade," McGovern told me. "How did they get away with it? " I asked. American Politics Unveiled.