Mon, Sep 10, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Fact vs. Fiction on the Campaign Trail

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As the 2012 presidential campaign nears its climax, political rhetoric is at a fever pitch and fact-checkers are busier than ever. Are politicians bending the truth more this year than in past elections? Where's the line between political hyperbole and flat-out lying -- and how much do voters really care?

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Barbara O'Connor, professor emerita of communications at the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at California State University, Sacramento
  • Bill Adair, editor for PolitiFact and Washington bureau chief for The Tampa Bay Times
  • Dan Ariely, professor of behavioral economics at Duke University and author of "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone -- Especially Ourselves"
  • Erik Wemple, opinion blogger for The Washington Post
  • Eugene Kiely, deputy director of

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Fact Checking Resources

  • A project of the Annenburg Public Policy Center 
  • A project of the Tampa Bay Times and its partners
  • SuperPacAPP: An iPhone app that identifies funding of and accuracy in political ads and that fact checks the content of the ad


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