Seriously, $15,000 for PolitiFact to do its job? Not some sort of in-depth, special investigation, but to cover a political event readers probably expected them to cover.Schorsch is rightfully skeptical about the $15,000 figure. How much are they going to pay Aaron Sharockman to Google old PolitiFact articles?
Don’t get me started on the argument that “fact-checking” major speeches like the State of the Union was what journalists once did without special “Pants On Fire Meters,” much less Kickstarter campaigns.
Head over to SaintPetersBlog to read Schorsch's brief but excellent post.
I think Schorsch was too tough on the hapless liberal bloggers at PolitiFact. It's no secret that most newspaper organizations are losing gobs of money, and the Tampa Bay Times certainly qualifies on that score. The exciting announcement of the Kickstarter project was just positive spin on a sad state of affairs.
Schorsch hits the mark in pointing out that checking the State of the Union speech ought to fall within the basic duties of a political fact checking organization. But the hooker comparison, while hilarious, is overly harsh.
On this one I'd leaven the snark with a little sympathy.