Fourteenth in a series of endless, tireless, exhaustive, hairsplitting, obsessive, resounding, never-before-attempted and conclusive posts on the fact-checking industry. →
In which the Washington Post’s Eric Wemple investigates things so others don’t have to. For example:
- Is Fox really fact-checking the first lady’s claim that her husband is open-minded?
- Fact-checking IS the substance that news consumers have been asking for.
- Biden and Obama keep checkers busy.
- Fact-checkers take dim view of Romney “apology” claims.
- GOP lawmaker says he doesn’t care what a fact-checker says.
In today’s installment, we learn that the AP had a loose quota on checking Michelle Bachman statements during the GOP primary.
After the session, [AP fact-checking editor Jim] Drinkard said that there wasn’t an actual numerical quota on Bachmann at the AP. It’s just that if the AP had gone back and vetted all her claims that looked dicey, the result would “overload” the debate story. “Often she was just more prone to statements that just didn’t add up,” said Drinkard.