August 30 - Are the Republicans Serial Liars?; Fact-Checkers Play Catch-up; The Six Billon Dollar 2012 Election

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We begin with Michael Cohen who is covering the Republican convention in Tampa for the UK Guardian and the Observer and discuss last night’s speech by Paul Ryan that has fact-checkers working overtime. And we preview Mitt Romney’s big speech tonight that will be boosted by an appearance by Clint Eastwood. michael cohen

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Then we speak with Tom Rosenstiel, the founder and director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism about the role of the press in reporting apparent lies and distortions and the subsequent role of fact-checkers in correcting the record. We discuss the aftermath of the Paul Ryan speech and the extent to which the original lie carries more weight than follow-up efforts to refute the lies. tom rosensteil

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Then finally we discuss the record-breaking six billion dollar 2012 election with Michael Franz, the co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project which tracks political ads in top races across the country. His books include “Campaign Advertising and American Democracy” and “Choices and Changes: Interest Groups in the Electoral Process”. michael franz
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