February 20, 2009

Introducing: The Truth-o-Meter

Here is something I think we can all get behind: a political Truth-o-Meter:

Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times examine statements by members of Congress, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and anyone else who speaks up in Washington. We research their statements and then rate the accuracy on our Truth-O-Meter – True, Mostly True, Half True, Barely True and False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get our lowest rating, Pants on Fire.

I've long wished for something like this. Too often politicians get away with promising something that never gets followed up on. Hopefully this'll keep their feet to the fire and force them to acknowledge their broken promises.