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Debate Fact Checking

Debate Fact Checking

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NPR's on-air fact checking the day after each debate
NPR's on-air fact checking the day after each debate

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First Presidential Debate
10/4, “Obama, Romney Clash Repeatedly Over Taxes,”
 Morning Edition
 
 
No direct fact-checks
10/4, “Close Read: NPR Reporters Examine Denver Debate,”
 Morning Edition
 
 
John Ydstie and Steve Inskeep said Romney was incorrect; they noted that
Romney‟s tax cuts would indeed cost about $5 trillion in the next 10 years
; theynoted that Tax Policy Center says there are not enough loopholes and deductions
to pay for Romney‟s tax plan
.
 
David Welna said Romney was incorrect; he cited incorrect numbers on hisenergy policy statements against Obama.
 
Julie Rovner said Romney was incorrect; the $716 billion does not changebenefits that are guaranteed under Medicare; it comes out of overpayments toinsurance companies, hospitals and drug companies.
 
Rovner said Obama was incorrect; not all of the $716 billion stays with seniors ashe claimed.
 
Scott Horsely said Romney was incorrect in saying that he supports and hassupported Simpson-Bowles.
 
Horsely said Obama was incorrect in saying that he supports and has supportedSimpson-Bowles.
 
Inskeep noted Obama was correct in saying that Romney has ruled out revenue.
10/4, “Republicans Thrilled With Romney‟s Debate Showing,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
No direct fact-checks
10/4, “Romney‟s Tax Policy Still Has Holes After Debate,
 All Things Considered 
 
 
Ydstie and Audie Cornish said
Obama was correct; they noted that Romney‟s tax
cuts would indeed cost about $5 trillion in the next 10 years; they noted that TaxPolicy Center says there are not enough loopholes and deductions to pay for
Romney‟s tax plan.
 
 
Ydstie and Cornish said
Romney was incorrect; they noted that Romney‟s tax
cuts would indeed cost about $5 trillion in the next 10 years; they noted that TaxPolicy Center says there are not enough loopholes and deductions to pay for
Romney‟s tax plan
.
 
Ydstie said Romney was incorrect; the six studies that Romney cited do notsupport the specifics of his proposal.
 
Ydstie said Romney was incorrect, the deduction cap would not cover the $5
trillion cost of Romney‟s tax cut
.
10/4, “Romney Takes A Mini Victory Lap After First Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
Melissa Block said Romney has not specified how his tax plan will not add to thedeficit.
 
Shapiro said Romney was correct; he has indeed long said that he does not wantto get rid of all regulations.
 
Ari Shapiro said Romney was incorrect; preexisting conditions are only covered
under Romney‟s plan for people who already have insurance
.
10/4, “Obama Criticized For Not Pushing Back During Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
No direct fact-checks
 
Vice-Presidential Debate
10/12, “No. 2‟s, Biden, Ryan, Square Off In Combative Debate,”
 Morning Edition
 
 
No direct fact-checks
10/12, “Fact
-
checking Thursday‟s VP Debate,”
 Morning Edition
 
 
Michele Kelemen said Ryan was correct; security officials in Libya had asked formore security but did not get it.
 
Kelemen said Biden was incorrect; the administration did know they wanted moresecurity.
 
Kelemen said Biden was incorrect; the State Department account from the nightof the attack in Benghazi said the attack did not start as a protest.
 
Kelemen said Ryan was incorrect; there is no evidence that Iran is able to enrichenough uranium to make a nuclear weapon.
 
Kelemen said Ryan was incorrect; the sanctions against Iran have had an effect.
 
Tom Bowman said Biden was incorrect; all American forces will not be out of Afghanistan in 2014.
 
Larry Abramson said Ryan was correct; the White House has cut defensespending in the past.
 
Abramson said Biden was correct; Ryan and the rest of Congress agreed to thesecuts in troops last year.
 
Abramson said Ryan was incorrect; Ryan and the rest of Congress agreed to thesecuts in troops last year.
 
Ydstie said Biden was correct; the Romney tax plan is not mathematicallypossible (tax cuts along with preserving biggest deductions).
 
Ydstie said Ryan was incorrect; the Romney tax plan is not mathematicallypossible (tax cuts along with preserving biggest deductions).
 
Ydstie said Biden was incorrect; the Obama tax plan raises taxes on individualsmaking more than $200,000 a year and families making more than $250,000 ayear, instead of just millionaires.
10/12, “Biden Brings High Energy To Vice Presidential Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
10/12, “Ryan Attacks Biden On Libya Post
-
Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
No direct fact-checks
10/12, “Week In Politics: Vice Presidential Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
No direct fact-checks
10/12, “Vice Presidential Candidates Spar Over Medicare,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
Rovner said Biden was correct; the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan eliminates theguarantee of Medicare.
 
Rovner said Biden was correct; Ryan‟s current Medicare plan was not backed by
a Democrat.
 
Rovner said
Ryan was incorrect; Ryan‟s current Medicare plan was not backed by
a Democrat.
 
Rovner said Ryan was incorrect; under Obamacare, 30 million more people willhave insurance.
 
Rovner said Biden was incorrect; he and Sarah Palin did not discuss “death panels” at the last vice
-presidential debate.
 
Second Presidential Debate
10/17, “Take
-Charge Obama Shows Up F
or Second Debate,”
 Morning Edition
 
 
No direct fact-checks
10/17, “Close Read: NPR Reporters Examine Second Debate,”
 Morning Edition
 
 
Jeff Brady said Romney was correct; oil production on federal land and offshorewas down 14 percent last year.
 
Brady said Romney was incorrect; domestic oil production is up.
 
Brady said Obama was correct; domestic oil production is up.
 
Renee Montagne said Romney was correct; gas prices have increased from 2008to now.
 
Brady said Romney was incorrect; a President does not usually have the ability tocontrol gas prices.
 
Ydstie said Romney was incorrect;
he will cut everyone‟s tax rate by 20 percent
and
his tax plan doesn‟t add up.
 
 
Ydstie said Obama was incorrect; Romney was not managing Bain Capitalinvested in companies that outsourced to China.
 
Ydstie said Romney was correct; anyone who owns a broad portfolio of stocks ormutual funds is profiting from companies that have shipped jobs overseas.
 
Rovner said Romney has changed his position on contraception coverage.
 
Kelemen said Obama was correct;
Obama did use the term “acts of terror” on
Sept. 12.
 
Kelemen said
Romney was incorrect; Obama did use the term “acts of terror” on
Sept. 12.
 
Kelemen said Romney was correct; days after the consulate attack, Susan Ricewent on numerous television shows blaming the video for the attack.
 
Ted Robbins said Romney was correct; Obama did not put out an immigrationplan in his first year as he promised during his campaign.
 
Robbins said Obama was incorrect; Romney did not endorse the entirety of SB-1070, the Arizona immigration law.
 
Robbins said Romney was correct; Romney did not endorse the entirety of SB-1070, the Arizona immigration law.
10/17, “Two
 
Writers Comment On Presidential Debate,”
 Morning Edition
 
 
No direct fact-checks
10/17, “Obama Focused, Energetic After Second Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
No direct fact-checks
10/17, “GOP Angry With Moderator Crowley After Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
No direct fact-checks
10/17, “Divided Wis. Voters Unite In Debate Viewing,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
No direct fact-checks
10/17, “Gun Control A Surprise Issue In Presidential Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
Rebekah Metzler said Romney was incorrect; it‟s not technically illegal to have
an automatic weapon.
 
Metzler said Romney was correct; he tried to get both sides of the debate to signan assault weapon ban while he was Governor of Massachusetts.
10/17, “Contraception, Pell Grants „In Context‟ After Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 

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