The stakes at tonight’s debate are huge. Trump, as usual, is expected to lie a great deal, and people have been worried that the moderator, Lester Holt, would not call Trump out for his lies. Then on Sunday, Janet Brown, the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said that moderators should NOT play a large role in fact-checking each candidate.
Well, one network isn’t having it, and plans to fact check the entire debate as it occurs.
Bloomberg TV has announced that they will conduct on-screen fact checks of statements made by both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during Monday night’s debate. The channel’s decision to conduct an on-screen fact-check sets Bloomberg apart from the other major TV networks, none of whom have committed to doing on-screen fact checks during the debate. Most will leave the fact-checking to segments in the post-debate analysis coverage.
Clinton’s supporters have called for aggressive fact-checking during Monday’s debate, saying that members of the media have failed to adequately fact-check and correct falsehoods from her Republican rival. NBC’s Matt Lauer was recently criticized for not correcting several false statements from Trump during a presidential forum on the network.
Now, let’s hope people watch the debate on Bloomberg. The debate is being covered on just about every channel, as well as online on Facebook and Youtube.