Yes, it is interesting to follow all the “who lied” and “who misled” articles right after a debate, or a major speech. This does help to keep candidates honest, and Lord knows we need that!
Still, a campaign is a contest, it’s competitive. What we really need for the press to do is keep score. We need to know not only who lied, but who lied most, and worst. At face value, the press is likely to see this as choosing sides and contrary to any purity of its mission. I beg to differ. Keeping score is what happens in sports, and hardly taints the sportscasters’ image. What a great way to show integrity of the press, by encouraging the candidates and the PACs to compete for honesty points. It would sell news, and the competition would encourage less partiality in the press as well.
I don’t believe the two parties are wildly offset – both parties are guilty of lies and half-truths – but I also think that we the public deserves some transparency. We seem to be witnessing that this malpractice exposure is equal on both sides. I doubt it.