'We're Not Going to Let Our Campaign Be Dictated by Fact-Checkers'

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    In this campaign season, political reporters have been shucking the old he-said-she-said formulation and directly declaring that certain claims are false. This new approach was signaled on Sunday, when, as James Fallows has noted, The New York Times, in a front-page story, flatly stated that a Romney ad was "falsely charging that Mr. Obama has 'quietly announced' plans to eliminate work and job training requirements for welfare beneficiaries."

    But what if it turns out that when the press calls a lie a lie, nobody cares?

    Here in Tampa, the new assertiveness is getting its first test on a big stage, and so far the results are not encouraging. As Ben Smith of BuzzFeed has pointed out, the Romney campaign is simply swatting aside the media's objections to its welfare ad: "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers," said Neil Newhouse, a Romney pollster.

    'We're Not Going to Let Our Campaign Be Dictated by Fact-Checkers' - James Bennet - The Atlantic

    What?? What in the hell is wrong with these people?? Don't they want to try and win this election fair and square?? Guess not.
     
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    This issue has really been both a good and bad part of this campaign. Good, in that the media has finally become willing to step up and say "that's not true". Bad, because Democrats are really starting to engage in post-truth politics themselves (see: the ad where it's implied Romney killed the dude's wife).
     
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    Considering that alot of Republicans consider such "fact-checkers" biased themselves, why would they care about them?

    Edit: To be fair alot of democratic blogs don't like them either.
     
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    It's funny that the Republicans don't like them, because they're pretty biased in their favor. The reason more of their claims get labeled as false is because they make way more false claims.
     
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    Romney killed my cat!
     
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    Get back to me when the MSP actually refutes one of Obama's lies.
     
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    The problem is that you can't tell the difference between comments that little fringes of untruth around the edges (that every campaign and candidate engages in) and flat out whoppers. That's the issue here. You'd be hardpressed to point to a single Obama statement that's just grossly untrue. Romney makes those sorts of claims routinely.
     

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