Everyone seems hyped up this morning....over the evening debate between Clinton and Trump. The key term used....fact-checking. Lester Holt went and did some fact-checking to settle some issues....mostly (almost all) hitting on Trump. So, here's the reality of fact-checking.
Over the past year....maybe for the entire past twenty to thirty years....Americans have been fact-checking. Shocked?
Americans fact-checked the Republican Party,, the Democratic Party, CNN, the New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, the Washington Post, Fox News, NewsWeak, and a hundred different foundations, lobbyists, or pretender news organizations.
If you started back thirty years ago, and wrote down the stewed words, fake reports, bogus news, and slanted facts put out.....it'd probably encompass a 6,000-page book.
We've fact-checked ministers, congressmen, judges, Hollywood actors, scientists, Saudis-terrorists, bimbos, trailer-trash lawyers, intellectuals, Presidents, and radio-talk show dimwits.
To be blunt.....we've wasted an awful lot of time on fact-checking people and would have been better off maintaining our lawn, painting the garage, playing softball, bowling, or cleaning out our septic tank.
The news folks? They seem to be hyped up and think they've cornered the market in fact-checking. Well.....they've come too late. They've had years to fact-check and learn the trade. They seem at best to have marginally drifted over into fact-checking and pretend they know something about it. The truth is....they are leagues behind the general public.
Maybe for a week or two.....people will still talk over fact-checking and how the news media is pumped up. At some point, reality will settle into position and people will begin to go back and ask questions. These questions....over facts....will be admired by the news media, and then left there on the table. Best not to be discussed. That's the fact about fact-checking.