One of my other go-to sites for news coverage is PolitiFact. They perform a very important job in modern journalism: they go look at what somebody says is true and then compare it with the facts. Sometimes those facts can be rather arcane, such as the actual impact of the stimulus bill passed in 2009, but they're as obsessive about facts as Ash Ketchum is about Pokemon. Gotta check 'em all! Given that many media outlets are more about speed than accuracy, it's refreshing to see an organization dedicated to the quixotic and ever-important hunt for the truth.
Going to their site to see how the current presidential candidates fare in the face of massive truth checking is informative. PolitiFact has six distinct categories of checked statement: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False, and Pants On Fire.
We have enough data from each candidate to be statistically significant, and frankly it's a little disturbing. Leaving out the Half-Truth section, which is where a fair number of ambiguities come out, President Obama has 46% of his statemenets rates as True or Mostly True, aka essentially truthful, compared with 29% coming in at least Mostly False. You might think this isn't good for a sitting president. You might be right. However, you should see the other guy. Governor Romney, by comparison, has a mere 30% of his statements rated as True of Mostly True, and a whopping 42% as at least Mostly False.
The really interesting part comes in with absolute numbers for the Pants On Fire category. Bear in mind that Obama has made over two-and-a-half times the number of comments evalated by PolitiFact. He has a grand sum total of six Pants On Fire.
Romney, who has far fewer statements, has gotten the rating 14 times.
Time for some sleep.