Nineteenth in a series of endless, tireless, exhaustive, hairsplitting, obsessive, resounding, never-before-attempted, conclusive posts on the fact-checking industry.
In a twist that doubtless shocked viewers, Sarah Palin and Sean Hannity agreed that the president came off as petulant and condescending in the final presidential debate last night. Palin, in turn, went a step further, saying that President Obama prevaricated his way through the proceedings.
Palin: “There were so many untruths spewed by Obama tonight. Unfortunately Romney just didn’t have time to answer them all.”
Palin: “...lies catching up to him.”
Palin: “I sure wish the media would start calling Obama out on these lies.”
For the record, the media were doing just that at precisely the moment Palin was talking. FactCheck.org, for instance, roughed up the president for shaky statements on Mitt Romney’s position on Pakistan, Iraq and the auto bailout. PolitiFact expressed some doubts about Obama statements regarding Iraq and Osama bin Laden. And Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler was on it as well.
All three of them, perhaps to Palin’s dismay, also cited various untruths peddled by Romney in the debate. If she wants it done right, Palin, it appears, is going to have to join the fact-checking industry.
The Fact-Checking series so far:
Fourth: Clinton bedevils fact-checkers.
Seventh: Biden and Obama keep checkers busy.
Eighth: A task for fact-checkers: Did the administration apologize for American values?
Thirteenth: Catch the error in this Washington Times invite.
Fourteenth: AP editor cites Bachmann fact-checking ‘quota.’
Sixteenth: Fact-checking: A consumer-driven movement.
Seventeenth: Fact checkers not helping advance Obama argument.