Editor Imposed Fact-Checking 'Quota' on Bachmann

Minnesota Rep. made 'statements that just didn't add up'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2012 8:30 AM CDT
Michele Bachmann speaks in Washington. Bachmann will endorse Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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(Newser) – A scary factoid from the world of fact-checking: Michele Bachmann made so many dicey claims during this year's primary season that listing them all would "overload" a debate story, said AP editor Jim Drinkard. "We had to have a self-imposed Michele Bachmann quota in some of those debates," he said at a National Press Club panel this week. When someone mused that the high count of GOP errors may have been due to the primary season, "a lot of nodding ensued," reports the Washington Post. (But fact checkers nailed Dems too; perhaps both parties have lost their sense of shame.)

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