Politico’s Kelsey Sutton reports that there is somebody out there willing to fact-check tonight’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University: “Bloomberg TV will conduct on-screen fact checks of statements made by both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during Monday night’s debate.”
While fact-checking on the news networks will be limited to post-debate coverage, when many viewers will have tuned away, saying real-time fact-checking is too difficult (apparently letting Donald Trump tank the economy, deprive 20 million people of insurance, and start wars when his feelings get hurt, isn’t incentive enough), the only fact checking debate viewers could count on up until now was that which they could find online, like NPR.
Bloomberg’s willingness to actually fact-check is a breath of fresh air in an autumn of indifference among the mainstream media outlets, who have preferred instead to enable Donald Trump in favor of ratings. Bloomberg’s coverage starts at 8:30pm ET @Twitter at http://debates.twitter.com.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.