The hardworking staff freely admits that we’ve often relied on sites such as FactCheck.org, PolitiFact.com, and the Washington Post’s Fact Checker to question the campaign ads currently swarming the TV airwaves like gnats at a summer barbecue.
But we also freely admit we’re having second thoughts after reading the series of articles the Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway has written recently.
His first piece (“Lies, Damned Lies, and ‘Fact Checking’”) took on the factcheck-industrial complex in general.
His latest examines one fact check in particular: Whether Mitt Romney’s claim that Barack Obama has “gutted welfare reform’s work requirement” is true.
Hemingway makes an effective case that Romney’s claim is true, and that the fact check hall monitors have been derelict in actually checking the facts.
Check it out, and decide for yourselves.