If there was one overarching journalistic theme of the 2012 election, it was the alleged Republican war on science, math, and basic facts, as called out by a newly emboldened political press. A proliferation of “fact-checking” enterprises at various mainstream media outlets led the charge. The only thing missing, observes Editor in Chief Matt Welch, was any meaningful scrutiny of Barack Obama and his allies in the Democratic Party. Indeed, Welch writes, the fact-checking press gave the president a pass.
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