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Media Comparison - NPR

Media Comparison - NPR

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 A comparison of topics fact checked by various news organizations following the second and third  presidential debates. Headlines are hyperlinked to the original article when possible.
Second Debate
Coverage from Oct. 16 and Oct. 17, 2012
The Associated Press (
published on NPR.org as well as several other news organizations including TheWashington Post
BenghaziReallocating war funds to infrastructure and educationDomestic oil productionImmigration
“Let Detroit go bankrupt”
/auto industry5 million jobs in 30 monthsEnergy pricesBill Clinton tax cutsmiddle class tax cuts
The Washington Post
“Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”
/auto industryJobsKeystone PipelineTaxes for the middle classBenghaziUnemployment rateDeficitMiddle East apology tourArizona LawImmigrationPensionsCorporate tax reformSpecifically about China --
The New York Times
 Domestic oil productionArizona lawBenghaziEnergy policy
sources, production, drillingChinaIsrael
Pell GrantsIllegal immigration
 BenghaziArizona LawWind-power jobsTax cuts for the wealthy$4,000 tax increase for middle classWomenAutomakers/DetroitPell grantsRevert to Bill Clinton tax ratesKeystone XL Pipeline
5 million jobs in 30 monthsLet Detroit go bankruptOil production$5 trillion in debtContraception/health careImmigrationGun controlMiddle East apology tour
Morning Edition
 All Things Considered 
Only)Oil productionGas pricesChinaOutsourcing jobs overseasPensionsGun controlContraceptionBenghaziPell GrantsImmigrationArizona LawMiddle class tax cuts
(Does not include on-air reports.)
It’s All Politics:
Oil productionWomenOutsourcing jobs overseasImmigrationArizona LawMiddle East apology tourCorporate tax planOil & gas pipelines
Although it did not note that Obama can only be credited with 1 % of that pipeline.BenghaziTwo-
“binders full of women”
Third Debate
Coverage from Oct. 22 and Oct. 23, 2012
 The Associated Press
FACT CHECK: Romney flubs geography, Obama goofs on rival's record, in final debate Oct. 23, AP article (appeared on FoxNews.com, WashingtonPost.com,and NPR.org)
Apology tourIsraelEnding wars & reinvesting money at home. Wars are financed by borrowing.Syria
geographic location and U.N. support for actionJohn and Abigail Adams scholarshipDetroit/auto bailoutTroops in IraqChinaOutsourcing jobs overseasTerrorism in 2000 debates
PakistanTroops in IraqVeteran unemploymentNavyAuto industry bail outApology tourMassachusetts education

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