Executive Power

'Fact-Checkers' Target Critics of Obama Executive Gun Orders

Note to NBC: Lèse majesté isn't a crime in this country, nor is telling the truth


In my February-issue editor's note, I lamented that "the fact-checking press gives the president a pass," in part by providing checks not "on the exercise of power," but rather "on the exercise of rhetoric."

As if to illustrate my point, NBCnews.com's First Read had a breaking fact-check earlier today not on the comments that President Barack Obama has made regarding gun policy, particular in regards to his 23 executive orders on the topic, but rather the "sound and fury" of the president's critics.