Saturday, April 30, 2016

Truth on the campaign trail

Objectivity isn’t what we get too much of in the stump speeches or in the news coverage about this year’s almost unfathomably foreboding politicking in the presidential campaign.

Here’s a clear note from Nicholas Kristof of The New York times about PolitiFact, the Tampa Bay Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking enterprise:

Hillary Clinton is telling the truth in her campaign statements, and the other principal candidates aren’t. Plain and simple.

PolitiFact says 95 percent of the Clinton statements it has reviewed are true or mostly true.

For Bernie Sanders, the number is 46 percent. Half of what he says really isn’t true.

On the GOP side, the numbers are: Kasich, 33 percent; Cruz, 23 percent, and Trump, 12 percent.

Put it in round numbers: 9 out of 10 times, what Trump says isn’t true.

If this were the main lineup in another country’s election, what would you be thinking?

Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2016 All rights reserved.

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