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Group Launches “Meet the Facts” to Pressure NBC Show to Bring on Fact-Checkers

MTFacts_4.21.bmpThe Sunday morning fact-check story is getting interesting. A few weeks ago, ABC’s Jake Tapper, who’s hosting “This Week” until Christiane Amanpour joins later this summer, is now having Bill Adair of the group Politifact fact-check his guests on any given Sunday.

A few days later, David Gregory, the moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” responded saying he thought fact-checking is an “interesting idea” but that his program will not follow ABC’s lead.

“People can fact-check Meet the Press every week on their own terms,” he told Howard Kurtz.

Well now comes “Meet the Facts.” Launched this morning, Meet the Facts is a website that describes itself as, “a non-partisan grassroots effort to encourage the NBC television program ‘Meet The Press’ to incorporate a formal fact checking procedure for all statements made on air by its guests. That analysis would then be released to the public, preferably within several days of the broadcast.”

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