January 3rd, 2005


More political thought...

This one is going to the folks at Annenberg Political Fact Check:

Esteemed Editors:

I'm a big fan of your work and your website. FactCheck.org was a wonderful island of sanity and objectivity in a very nasty campaign.

I would like you to consider the following enhancements to your services:

1. Syndicate your articles and announcements using RSS. RSS is a technology supported by many blogging engines and services, allowing users to receive syndicated information easily and quickly. RSS isn't limited to blogging services, though. Many commercial websites (including news services) use RSS to retrieve information.

2. A lie can run around the world before the truth gets its boots on. Take the next step; don't just monitor whether claims are factual or not, but monitor and report more on how inaccurate and unsupportable claims are distributed and repeated. I didn't like hearing that the Kerry/Edwards campaign kept repeating the quickly-debunked "$200 billion" cost figure for the Iraq war, but it was better that I heard. I think we need to know when politicians, campaigns, supporters and the media keep the lie running.

3. Don't discount the comics. Doonesbury and Mallard Fillmore are nationally-read daily comics that explore the political realm through the lives of their characters. They also campaigned as heavily as any 527 committee, sometimes repeating debunked claims and reaching a much wider audience because they weren't focused on "battleground states."

There are a lot of contentious political battles coming up before the 2006 mid-term election. I look forward to seeing more reports as the new legislative session begins.

Andy Trembley