New election low: distorting the fact-checking


Author: James Rainey

[Commentary] FactCheck.org -- one of the nonpartisan journalism websites heroically trying to strain truth amid all the sound and fury -- has chastised John McCain's campaign for -- now get this -- distorting FactCheck's debunking of distortions. News organizations and these admirable truth-squadding outfits, including PolitiFact.com, do not collaborate. But in independent news reports and commentaries this week, they seemed to reach a consensus to say "enough" to the McCain camp's efforts to demonize Barack Obama. McCain and his foot soldiers have really fouled the election airwaves in recent days, provoking the first flickerings of a backlash from the media.

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