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Wednesday · October 06 2004

Vice President Dick Cheney last night:

They know that if you go, for example, to factcheck.com (sic), an independent Web site sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, you can get the specific details with respect to Halliburton.

I knew right away Cheney made a boo-boo. He meant to point out factcheck.org — the independent Annenberg site at Penn dedictated to pointing out the rhetorical exaggerations and falsehoods of both tickets.

I thought: Was the mistake intentional? Would Karl Rove dream up this piece of brilliance? I'll bet factcheck.com is a stylistic copy of factcheck.org filled with GOP talking points. Thousands of unwitting, independent voters will go there in the morning to see what Cheney was talking about only to get a warm slice of bullshit with their coffee.

No, it's far, far better than all that. See for yourself where factcheck.com redirects to.

(Even if Cheney had gotten the site's name right, today's factcheck.org review of the facts stated in the VP debate has plenty of items I'm sure he'd rather people didn't read.)

Archived: Political » October 2004
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October 06 2004

Considering factcheck.org's server is too busy (or was a minute ago), I'm guessing most people know to got there.

October 06 2004

I mean go there.
Good Morning!

October 06 2004

That just makes me giggle gleefully.

October 06 2004

John, I only wish most people were as familiar with factcheck.org as you think. It's a very known quantity to people who regularly read political topics on the web, but that demographic is a very small minority of the voting public.

October 06 2004

factcheck.org is a brilliant site.

Cheney is correct that much of the Haliburton flack is misrepresented in the press, and that's explained on factcheck.org. However, he didn't contradict the specific issues Edwards brought up except to say, without any back-up, that "the charges are false."

Its really not in the best interest of the Republicans for people to be reading factcheck.org as it dispells this nonsense about Kerry as being inconsistent on Iraq. Of course, it also disputes a lot of misinformation from the Kerry camp, but on the whole it shows that the GOP are the biggest liars in this campaign. And really, that's what are politics has come down to, I think. Voting against the more egregious of two liars.

October 06 2004

I agree, Reed. I question Cheney's tactic of bringing the site up at all.

October 06 2004

I'm surprised Cheney has heard of the internet.

October 06 2004

Oh, come now.

October 06 2004

Factcheck.org seems to be working again. They have a nice breakdown of the debate last night.

October 06 2004

wow. that is absolutely amazing.

October 06 2004

wow. that is absolutely amazing.

October 06 2004

Sorry but Cheney is like an ultra-conservative version of my grandfather! Picturing him using a computer is difficult. Try it.

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