Presidential Debates http://kunc.org en Will Fact Checks Always Be Ignored By Politicians? http://kunc.org/post/will-fact-checks-always-be-ignored-politicians Just because there's more fact checking, doesn't mean there's more truth telling.<p>Given this, David Carr of <em>The New York Times</em> declared that journalistic efforts to set the record straight during "the most fact-checked [presidential] election in history" <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/a-last-fact-check-it-didnt-work/">didn't work</a>.<p>"Both campaigns seemed to live a life beyond consequence, correctly discerning that it was worth getting a scolding from the journalistic church ladies if a stretch or an elide or an outright prevarication did damage to the Sun, 11 Nov 2012 10:40:00 +0000 Dana Farrington 36324 at http://kunc.org Will Fact Checks Always Be Ignored By Politicians? 59.2 Million Tuned In To Monday's Debate, Smallest Of The Audiences http://kunc.org/post/592-million-tuned-mondays-debate-smallest-audiences An estimated 59.2 million people tuned in Monday night to watch President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in their <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/10/19/163245776/live-blog-obama-romney-square-off-in-final-debate" target="_blank">third and final debate</a> before the Nov. 6 election, <a href="http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/politics/final-presidential-debate-draws-59-2-million-viewers/" target="_blank">The Nielsen Company reports</a>.<p>That compares with 67.2 million viewers for the candidates' Oct. 3 faceoff and 65.6 for the debate on Oct. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:34:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 35462 at http://kunc.org 59.2 Million Tuned In To Monday's Debate, Smallest Of The Audiences During Debates, Silence On Some Issues Was Deafening http://kunc.org/post/during-debates-silence-some-issues-was-deafening It's possible that the presidential debates will be remembered mainly for trivia — Big Bird, binders and bayonets.<p>But Mitt Romney and President Obama did discuss issues of paramount importance, including taxes, entitlements and the role the U.S. should play in the Middle East.<p>Those issues — and above all else, the economy — dominated discussion throughout the debate season. That meant other important topics such as immigration were barely mentioned, while others never came up at all.<p>To some extent, Romney and Obama had to respond to the topics moderators were most interested in. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:07:00 +0000 35454 at http://kunc.org During Debates, Silence On Some Issues Was Deafening Horses, Bayonets And The Modern Military http://kunc.org/post/horses-bayonets-and-modern-military President Obama said during Monday night's debate that the U.S. Army has fewer horses and bayonets than in the past.<p>That's true. Although Army Special Forces were on horseback in Afghanistan when they helped defeat the Taliban in 2001, the Army's horses are now used only for ceremonial occasions.<p>As for bayonets? Tue, 23 Oct 2012 19:40:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 35451 at http://kunc.org Horses, Bayonets And The Modern Military Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat http://kunc.org/post/analysis-romney-debate-strategy-shows-he-thinks-hes-drivers-seat In his third debate with President Obama, Mitt Romney dialed up "cool and cautious" on his mood meter. And that tells you a great deal about where this presidential race stands with two weeks to go.<p>Romney had to know the president would be coming after him in Boca Raton, Fla., but he decided to avoid the aggressive and even angry notes he had struck in the first two debates. He had achieved what he could with this approach in the initial clash in Denver on Oct. 3, when he seemed the more decisive and strong-willed candidate on stage. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:47:00 +0000 Ron Elving 35438 at http://kunc.org Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat