September 26, 2012


Fact Checkers Imposed a Bachmann Quota

The Washington Post reports that Jim Drinkard, an Associated Press editor who oversees the wire service's fact-checking work, told the National Press Club, "We had to have a self-imposed Michele Bachmann quota in some of those debates."

Drinkard later clarified that there wasn't an actual numerical quota on Bachmann, it's just that if they had gone back and vetted all her claims that looked dicey, the result would "overload" the story.

Said Drinkard: "Often she was just more prone to statements that just didn't add up."










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