FactChecking Biden-Palin Debate

The candidates were not 100 percent accurate. To say the least.

* Palin mistakenly claimed that troop levels in Iraq had returned to “pre-surge” levels. Levels are gradually coming down but current plans would have levels higher than pre-surge numbers through early next year, at least.

* Biden incorrectly said “John McCain voted the exact same way” as Obama on a controversial troop funding bill. The two were actually on opposite sides Full Story »

Posted by Mike LaBonte
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Subjects: U.S., Politics, Business
Topics: Presidential Election 2008, U.S. Economy, War in Iraq, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, Taxes
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Posted by: Posted by Mike LaBonte - Oct 3, 2008 - 8:19 AM PDT
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Edited by: Fabrice Florin - Oct 11, 2008 - 10:11 AM PDT

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Fabrice Florin
3.9
by Fabrice Florin - Oct. 4, 2008

What a treat to get these timely, factual reports from FactCheck.org! This particular one debunks misstatements by both vice-presidential candidates in last night's debate. As always, FactCheck bases all its findings on solid factual evidence and dispenses its observations fairly, without taking sides. An invaluable public service.

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Mike LaBonte
4.8
by Mike LaBonte - Oct. 3, 2008

As usual, FactCheck does a fantastic job researching and documenting facts, adding the useful historical context of noting which deceptions are repeats from the past.

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Dwight Rousu
3.4
by Dwight Rousu - Oct. 4, 2008

FactCheck gets some fact checking right, and misses the point in some other cases. One case in point is the analysis of health care insurance deregulation. Currently major regulation of health care insurance is performed by states. Proposals to bypass that state oversight would lower regulation to the lowest common denominator, and would be a de facto deregulation. That is why insurance companies back the proposal. FactCheck ignores that aspect and counts this as a Biden lie. This suggests either a FactCheck lack of sophistication on this topic, or a biased position. Also, the FactCheck listed misstatements, distortions, lies, and repeated lies tend to all get equal print space so repeated lies on major topics seem to be ... More »

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Denise Clendening
3.3
by Denise Clendening - Oct. 4, 2008

FactCheck provides wrong information in what appears to be in an effort by them to try to be balanced in providing an equal number of misstatements. This article has had one retraction already and the point that McCain would talk with Spain is debatable and leaves out important information on how his new position was a huge departure from his earlier position on Spain with no indication why he would change his position (flip-flop) regarding a NATO ally. ABC http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5948944&page=1 is reporting on other gross misstatements told by Palin. This Factcheck story infers that both mangled facts like they were equivalent and that is not the case.

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Kevin Waters
5.0
by Kevin Waters - Oct. 3, 2008

The story deals with facts with No bias

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