One of Andrew Sullivan’s readers had far too much time on his hands, so they “dug into Politifact’s massive data base of corrections and analysis” to help determine who, among Congressional leaders, among the media and among the presidential candidates, is the truthiest of them all.
Sullivan’s reader explains his methodology:
“What I’ve been doing the last couple days is manually transferring all the Politifact rulings from people here …that have ‘Republican’ and ‘Democrat’ next to their name, into a great big spreadsheet.”
Sullivan qualifies this methodology by reminding: Politifact picks and chooses what topics it covers; it itself is not unblemished in its impartiality; none of this pretends to be a comprehensive, independent analysis of large swirling, now uncoordinated campaigns.
Nonetheless, you can separate out party leaders on both sides, as selected by Politifact, and gauge their truthfulness, as measured by Politifact. Based on the following leaders – Romney, Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Gingrich, Perry, Santorum for the GOP and Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi, and Clinton (Hillary) for the Dems, we get this graph:
Continue reading Sullivan’s posto review the charts about which media figure is the truthiest.
As for Obama vs. Romney: