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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Washington Times issues fact-checking test


Washington Times founder the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. (John Marshall Mantel - AP)
Thirteenth in a series of endless, tireless, exhaustive, hairsplitting, obsessive, resounding, never-before-attempted, late-night and conclusive posts on the fact-checking industry.

So you think you have the chops to be a fact-checker, huh? Well, have a look at the following paragraphs. They’re extracted from an invitation to a double-barreled event sponsored by the Washington Times. Scrub away and get back to us!

It is my distinct pleasure to invite you as our special guest to attend two special events on October 2, 2012 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Washington Times.
The first event, hosted by The Washington Times Foundation, is an informative symposium on American values. Cal Thomas, David Limbaugh, Maggie Gallagher, Matt Spalding and a diverse representation of others will discuss values and their real world consequences with related topics such as raising healthy families in a toxic culture, the war on faith, dealing with Goliath government and more.
The second event, following the symposium, will kick off The Washington Times official 30th anniversary celebration banquet with special guest, former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld, and hosted by Fox investigative reporter, John Stossel. Enjoy stellar entertainment by singer Krista Branch and a memorable special tribute to The Washington Times Founder, The Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon, presented by his son, Kook Jin Moon.
Family, faith, freedom and service are the cornerstones of our democracy and the founding principles of The Washington Times. Our nation, indeed the world, finds itself in an unsettling era where those values are challenged. This unique group of America’s top political leaders, diplomatic corps, business champions, religious leaders and dedicated readers of The Washington Times will gather to address how we renew our common legacy and bring the various faith traditions together around these cornerstones.
You, or your designate, and a guest are encouraged not to miss these two special events to be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Woodley Road, NW in Washington, DC. Register online now at no cost or simply call 202.636.2908. I look forward to seeing you there.
Yours truly,
Thomas P. McDevitt
President, The Washington Times

The Fact-Checking Series so far:

First: Can you remind me again what this fact-check debate is about?

Second: Is Fox really fact-checking the first lady’s claim that her husband is open-minded?

Third: CNN says fact-checking squares with its exclusive spot in cable-news sphere.

Fourth: Clinton bedevils fact-checkers.

Fifth: Fox’s Cavuto slights fact-checking of Clinton speech, perhaps including Fox’s fact-checking of Clinton speech.

Sixth: Fact-checking IS the substance that news consumers have been asking for.

Seventh: Biden and Obama keep checkers busy.

Eighth: A task for fact-checkers: Did the administration apologize for American values?

Ninth: Fact-checkers take dim view of Romney “apology” claims.

Tenth: GOP lawmaker says he doesn’t care what a fact-checker says.

Eleventh: Soledad O’Brien says she’s “required” to fact-check

Twelfth: Romney’s not-so-secret comments take a beating from checkers

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Tags:  washington times, fact checking, 30th anniversary, special guest, cal thomas, maggie gallagher, donald rumsfeld

 
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