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YOUR TURN: Does Fact Checking Matter Anymore?

A quick glance at any fact-checking website will reveal both candidates have distorted reality this campaign season - but will it matter?

A major theme of the presidential and vice presidential debates has been the amount of lies, untruths and misstatements being put out by the candidates.

Sometimes, it's the candidates calling each other liars. Other times, it's the media or other independent fact-checking organizations letting us know when a candidate said something that may be not quite totally honest.

But does the fact checking make a difference? Do voters care if what the candidates say is true?

What do you think? Does fact checking matter anymore? Or is it a waste of time and energy?

Share your views with other readers below. 

Craig Foster October 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM
It should matter but the biggest problem is most voters don't pay attention to fact checkers they only hear what the candidate says and take that as the truth. And it's too bad because that just tells you the state of today's voters. It tells you that a good % of them are not taking the time to educate themselves on the candidates and the issues. Fact Checkers should matter because it goes to the basic argument about can you trust the person you're voting for and if that candidate is consistently not telling the truth and being called out on it should you really vote for that person.
Colter95 October 27, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Consider these facts before you vote: 1. Is the economy better off now than it was four years ago? Based on the evidence, I'd have to say no. Wages are down, the the prices of everything we buy is up. The price of gas has doubled. Good jobs are scarce. 2. Are the slight "up tics" in the economy a solid trend in the right direction? I don't think so. First, the gains are very slight. Second, I believe they are the result in the temporary stimulus by the Federal Reserve, in which they printed a lot of new money. It provides a slight bump now, but the cost will come later - after the election. Ben Bernanke is trying to save Obama's job, along with his own. 3. The continual misrepresentation of Romney on the auto bailout by the Obama administration. Obama appears to be taking complete credit for the bailout, while simultaneously saying that Romney was for liquidation of the auto industry. This is an absolute falsehood. It was Bush who initiated the bailout and TARP. Obama continued it and then expanded it, to his credit. However, Romney was one of the first to say that the industry needed to go through bankruptcy reorganization, and eventually they did exactly that. He also said that any needed loans should come from the private sector. He never said that the industry should be liquidated, or that he would deny federal funds if he were president, and private sector funds were not available. Obama lies! 4. The Benghazi coverup and lies.
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I saw Obama yesterday claiming the new job numbers are proof that his policies are working and that we are in an economic recovery... Fact is, that is not the truth, or even close to the truth... First, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% and the year-to-date monthly average of 157,000 payroll jobs is barely enough to keep up with population growth -- much less make up for the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Second, the so-called real unemployment rate (U6) remains elevated at 14.6%, albeit down from 14.7% the prior month. Similarly, the labor participation rate is at 63.8%, up from its multi-decade low but still incredibly weak. Third, average hourly earnings fell a penny in October and average hours worked fell to 34.4 from 34.5 in September. Stagnant wages means "we're not generating income," Reinhart says. "That's a problem in terms of the durability of an economic expansion, which is usually fueled by consumption. To get consumption you've got to generate income." Also, just look at your checkbook. We are paying a lot more for everything now than we did in 2008. The price of gas has doubled. At the same time, wages have gone down, and that's if you're lucky to have a job. In 2008, 25 banks went out of business. In 2012, 48 banks have gone out of business. Almost double the amount. Does that sound like recovery to you? Don't believe the Obama lies!! Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Please don't let Obama sweep Benghazi under the rug... Lets not forget those four who were left to be slaughtered in Benghazi... Do not reward Obama for this epic failure… Every voter needs to read this excellent article... Very well worth your time... http://spectator.org/archives/2012/11/01/benghazi-obamas-core-deceit/ These are pretty good as well: http://www.gazette.com/opinion/romney-146793-obama-benghazi.html http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/benghazigate-obamas-many-lies-about-libya/ http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50657 http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/25/CBS-Busts-Obama--and-Itself-Hidden-60-Minutes-Clip-Proves-White-House-Lied-About-Benghazi Romney/Ryan 2012
Russ November 04, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Colter95, I admire your ability to get this posted. I submitted a similarly structured blog entry and it was rejected without fact checking. Apparently content was rejected out of hand due to a disagreement with content. A slippery slope in the editorial section.

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