With all the debate over fact checking going into the first presidential face-off on Monday night, Bloomberg has come up with a solution, and will be fact checking both candidates live and on-screen.
According to POLITICO, both nominees, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, will have on-screen displays showing the veracity of their arguments and claims.
So far, there has been nothing but conflict regarding fact checking by the moderator, particularly following the Commander-in-Chief Forum on NBC, hosted by Matt Lauer, who received a great deal of backlash for failing to call out the Republican nominee on some blatant lies and misstatements.
The opposing parties support opposite sides of the argument, with the Republicans saying that it is the duty of the opponent to fact check, and the Democrats claiming that if a seasoned journalist is moderating the debate, they’re obligated to represent the American voters by investigating the truth of any statements made during the debates.
So far, none of the other major networks has committed to on-screen, real-time fact checking, with most leaving it to after the debate during the analysis.
The Clinton campaign has requested the media aggressively fact check Donald Trump. A recent analysis of the amateur politician’s veracity by POLITICO shows that the candidate lies on average about every three minutes his mouth is moving.
On Monday, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told CBS This Morning:
‘We’re really focused on this opportunity that Hillary has to speak directly to the voters on the issues. But we are concerned that Donald Trump may lie; he may throw misinformation out there; and that Hillary will have to spend all of her time trying to correct the record rather than talking about the things she wants to accomplish.
‘All that we’re asking if that the record be checked. So if Donald Trump lies, which he has repeatedly done in the past, that that be simply checked.’
On the other side of the aisle, the hosts of notoriously right-leaning Fox & Friends insist that it’s not the moderator’s job to fact check. Apparently, most Trump supporters don’t want him to be fact checked by anyone they can’t discount as biased, such as his opponent.
Ainsley Earhardt of Fox & Friends said on Monday:
‘Why would it ever be the job of the moderator to make sure everything — I don’t want to hear from the moderator. I want to hear how the — we’re here to watch the candidates. We want to hear how they react. It’s up to them to know the facts and to know when they’re being lied to.’
Many of the networks have stated that fact-checking in real time goes beyond their capabilities, which is why they don’t do so. According to POLITICO, most news organizations will conduct fact checking after the debate and offer the results online and in post-debate analysis.
Bloomberg Politics released this video on Monday describing the debate about the debates and more specifically, the debate over whether or not the media should fact check during the debate.