I think PolitiFact is a great idea, well executed. And boy, do we need it. But then, I am not a politician. Because if I were a politician, I would be impolitic. (Of course I would.) Politicians hate PolitiFact. They apparently can’t get behind the idea of telling the truth. So they’re not very happy about the expansion of PolitiFact. Judging by the comments on this NPR story, they’re not the only ones having trouble with the distinction between fact and fiction or truth and opinion. (I keep thinking of the Dude in “The Big Lebowski.” Warning: There is profanity in this clip.)
Some journalists say they would be uncomfortable declaring a politician’s assertion an outright lie. How about you?