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Pre-Debate Fact Check

Reported by Nancy - October 12, 2004 -

If, like me, you are simply fed up with all the pre-debate bloviating -- like what's happening on FNL this morning (10/12) -- here's a suggestion: invest a little time in fact-checking BEFORE the debate, & focus on substance, not style.

If you've been paying attention at all, you pretty much know what will be said & who will say it. The focus of tomorrow night's debate is domestic policy. So if you want to do a little fact-checking in advance, a good place to start is Paul Krugman's op-ed piece in today's New York Times.


It's not hard to predict what President Bush, who sounds increasingly desperate, will say tomorrow. Here are eight lies or distortions you'll hear, and the truth about each:

Beause he's an economist, the topics Krugman covers are jobs, unemployment, the deficit, tax cuts, the Kerry tax plan, fiscal responsibility, spending & health care. There are certainly other domestic issues that will be raised, but knowing the facts on these 8 will help you spot some of the more egregious lies & distortions.

While you're there, check out Bob Herbert's op-ed piece, "Webs of Illusion":


Hyperbole is part of every politician's portfolio. But on the most serious matters facing the country, Mr. Bush's administration has often gone beyond hyperbole to deliberate misrepresentations that undermine the very idea of an informed electorate. If unpleasant realities are not acknowledged by the officials occupying the highest offices in the land, there is no chance that the full resources of the government and the people will be marshaled to meet those challenges.

Readers are invited to recommend additional resources about fact-checking domestic policy issues not covered above.