Janet Brown, head of the Commission on Presidential Debates doesn’t want the fact-checkers to get in the way of a good show.
“What is a big fact, what is a little fact?” she said. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to get the moderator into essentially serving as the Encyclopedia Britannica.”
That goes right along with what the Trump campaign has been saying the whole time:
Hours after the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times published separate stories outlining the lies Donald Trump has told during his presidential campaign, Trump’s campaign spokesperson told ABC’s “This Week” that it isn’t the media’s job to factcheck the presidential debate.
“I really don’t appreciate the campaigns thinking it is the job of the media to go and be these virtual fact-checkers,” Kellyanne Conway said, in an apparent attempted jab at the Clinton campaign. She also opposed debate moderators questioning the candidates’ truthfulness in any way.
And so far the media has been doing a bang-up job of saying they’re going to be complicit in this and dutifully report everything they say as The Truth, so help them Nielsen. Otherwise they might be denied access or roughed up at a rally. (Maybe the reporters can blend in by wearing brown shirts.)
No, the job of the media is to suck up to the candidates — as long as they’re not Hillary Clinton because everyone knows she’s the biggest liar of the two. Actually, she’s not, but that’s a fact-check and so it doesn’t count.