Ms. Conspiracy catches the early morning TV news, and she told me that the fact checkers will be working all weekend on Bill Clinton’s speech, because it had so many things to check. I listened to the speech myself this morning and it certainly provided lots of claims for the fact checking mill.
Of course fact checking Bill Clinton isn’t what I do here, but I wanted to make a larger point. Whatever the accuracy of Clinton’s facts, lots of people watched his speech, and far more listened to the speech than will ever read the FactCheck.org article on it or the PolitiFact.com articles (and here) as they come out1.
This realization is somewhat demoralizing to me as a fact checker of the birther movement. The damage is mostly done before anyone gets to this web site and the ones who come here are either those already disinclined to believe the birthers anyway, or who wouldn’t believe what they see here.
1This is why I support a constitutional amendment to impose the death penalty on politicians who lie to get elected.