comScore Debate Commission Official Wary of Moderators Fact-Checking: Shouldn’t Be ‘Encyclopedia’ | Mediaite
video

Debate Commission Official Wary of Moderators Fact-Checking: Shouldn’t Be ‘Encyclopedia’

janet-brownThe executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates is wary about all these demands that the moderators should be fact-checking everything the candidates say.

On CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning, Janet Brown told Brian Stelter, “In our history, the moderators have found it appropriate to let the candidates be the ones that talk about the accuracy or the fairness of what the other candidate or candidates might have said.”

Candy Crowley famously fact-checked something Mitt Romney said in 2012, but generally moderators in general election debates have not done much fact-checking.

And Brown thinks it’s generally inadvisable:

“I think personally, if you start getting into fact-checking, I’m not sure. What is a big fact? What’s a little fact? And if you and I have different sources of information, does your source about the unemployment rate agree with my source? I don’t think it’s a good idea to get the moderator into essentially serving as the Encyclopedia Britannica.”

Watch above, via CNN.

[image via screengrab]

— —

Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com

  1. Mediaite
  2. The Mary Sue
  3. RunwayRiot
  4. Law & Crime
  5. SportsGrid
  6. Gossip Cop