Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Political Fact Flap

I'm not overly (or overtly) political, and often find the televised political "debates" to be theatre of the grotesque. But an interesting offshoot of this political season is the high profile the presidential/vice presidential debates have given the art of fact checking. One site, FactCheck.org, operated by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, has been drawn into the maelstrom by virtue of a misstep by VP Cheney in his debate with Sen. Edwards. Wrong URLs aside, the incident pointed out that many people do indeed seek the facts behind politicians' statements, and there are sources out there to aid them. Like the library. Perhaps libraries should advertise with yard signs and 30-second spots: "We [heart] fact checking. Our business since George chopped down the cherry tree. Or did he?"