American politics, which is much more ready than the UK to call people “liars” is now in the middle of a big discussion about how true Mitt Romney’s convention speech was. The general view seems to be “not that true”, but particularly interesting is the attitude and self-examination of the press.
This may seem strange to a UK audience, but the US print media actually try to report facts and have a functioning conversation about ethics and morality. A blog post from Jay Rosen (#presspushback) is a good summary of what’s being talked about where. Here’s how it begins:
“Professional journalists, whose self-image starts with: ‘We’re a check on…’ had to decide what to do about the truck that just ran their checkpoint, carrying the brain trust of the Romney campaign, laughing at how easy it all was.”
This week, one of the presidential campaigns said: “We defy the fact checkers. Your move, journalists.” The political press reacted with some signs of a push back. These are my notes and key links from that event, Aug. 26 to 31, the week of the Republican convention.