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  • Monday, October 18, 2004


    Fact Checking the Bush Administration

    From CJR Campaign Desk Archives:

    The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz today brings us this tidbit: Stunned by the efforts of fact-check teams and 'truth squads' in the press who are belatedly holding the claims and counterclaims of the candidates up to scrutiny, the Bush campaign has struck back.

    In an extraordinary response to these recent stories, Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt spoke thusly: 'The Bush campaign should be able to make an argument without having it reflexively dismissed as distorted or inaccurate by the biggest newspapers in the country.'

    Got that?

    The Bush campaign evidently grew so accustomed to a campaign press that seldom fact-checked much of anything between March and September that it is downright indignant anyone would have the temerity to muse, 'Gee, I wonder if that's right?' and then have the industry to actually ascertain the veracity of the claims and assertions contained in stump speeches and debate transcripts.

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