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?

 

Fact Checking Resources

  • FactCheck.org: A project of the Annenburg Public Policy Center 
  • Politifact.com: 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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Guests:

Barbara O'Connor, professor emerita of communications at the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at California State University, Sacramento

Eugene Kiely, deputy director of FactCheck.org

Dan Ariely, professor of behavioral economics at Duke University and author of "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone -- Especially Ourselves"

Bill Adair, editor for PolitiFact and Washington bureau chief for The Tampa Bay Times

Erik Wemple, opinion blogger for The Washington Post

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