When Did Checking the Facts Become Taking a Candidate 'at His Word'?    Posted on 10/05/2012 by Peter Hart    Before the first presidential debate, CNN sent out a press release to promote the idea that they'd be doing factchecking of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It's kind of sad that this would be considered a novel enough idea to warrant a press release, but the actual factchecking was nothing you'd want to call attention to....

When Did Checking the Facts Become Taking a Candidate 'at His Word'? Posted on 10/05/2012 by Peter Hart Before the first presidential debate, CNN sent out a press release to promote the idea that they'd be doing factchecking of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It's kind of sad that this would be considered a novel enough idea to warrant a press release, but the actual factchecking was nothing you'd want to call attention to....

HuffPost SPECULATRON: JASON LINKINS' witty and insightful comments on the mainstream media's talking heads' coverage of politics

2012 Speculatron: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News

HuffPost SPECULATRON: JASON LINKINS' witty and insightful comments on the mainstream media's talking heads' coverage of politics

Who better to critique the presidential candidates after their second showdown than a group of champion high school debaters who clearly know a thing or two about winning an argument?

Who better to critique the presidential candidates after their second showdown than a group of champion high school debaters who clearly know a thing or two about winning an argument?

A more lively Jeb Bush jabbed Donald Trump and the increasingly public rivalry between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz spilled into the open Tuesday night during the final Republican presidential debate of the year.

A more lively Jeb Bush jabbed Donald Trump and the increasingly public rivalry between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz spilled into the open Tuesday night during the final Republican presidential debate of the year.

Clinton, Trump clash in 2nd debate: CNN's Reality Check team vets the claims ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) speaks as Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Clinton, Trump clash in 2nd debate: CNN's Reality Check team vets the claims ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) speaks as Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Fact check: Was Russia behind the DNC cyberattacks? Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shake hands following the first presidential debate moderated by NBC host Lester Holt(bottom L) at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on September 26, 2016.

Fact check: Was Russia behind the DNC cyberattacks? Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shake hands following the first presidential debate moderated by NBC host Lester Holt(bottom L) at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on September 26, 2016.

A reminder about the last plant-infested, CNN-run town hall debate >> CNN’s Candy Crowley will be moderating tomorrow night’s second presidential debate. It will be a 90-minute town hall forum at Hofstra University on Long Island, east of New York City. Both the Obama and Romney campaigns signed a “memorandum of understanding” about how the debate will be run. But Crowley is already making noises that she plans to circumvent the agreed-upon rules and take control:

A reminder about the last plant-infested, CNN-run town hall debate >> CNN’s Candy Crowley will be moderating tomorrow night’s second presidential debate. It will be a 90-minute town hall forum at Hofstra University on Long Island, east of New York City. Both the Obama and Romney campaigns signed a “memorandum of understanding” about how the debate will be run. But Crowley is already making noises that she plans to circumvent the agreed-upon rules and take control:

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