Fact-Checking the Ryan Fact-Checkers

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 31, 2012

Fact-checking has really gone to the dogs in lots of sections of the punditocracy. In the aftermath of the Paul Ryan acceptance speech, a number of pundits attacked Ryan for what they claimed were misleading statements or lies in his speech. They then went ahead and patted themselves on the back for their supposed adherence to the truth, breaking their arms in the process.

Trouble is that a lot of the fact-checkers wouldn’t survive real fact-checking.

To see how fact-checking is actually done, see Ed Morrissey, Conn Carroll, and Avik Roy–whom I linked to yesterday.

If you say that you are a fact-checker, you should actually check, you know, facts. Too bad that many of those who claimed to have fact-checked the Ryan speech decided to spew partisan talking points instead of actually looking at the speech with a semblance of objectivity.

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