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January 15, 2012
Glenn Kessler
"The Fact Checker" Columnist, The Washington Post
Glenn Kessler BIO:
·"The Fact Checker" Columnist, The Washington Post

·Reporter, Newsday (1987 - 1998)
·Diplomatic and Economics Reporter, The Washington Post (1998 - 2010)

·Brown University, Bachelor of Arts, European history (1981)
·Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Master's Degree (1983)

·The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy (2007)

·2 Shared Pulitzer Prizes, Spot News Reporting
·Member, Council on Foreign Relations
·Guest Contributor, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News

·Married, 3 children

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Info: Our guest this week is author and reporter Glenn Kessler. He discusses his role as The Fact Checker columnist for The Washington Post. In his newspaper column and online, Kessler examines the statements of political figures and diplomats. Based upon his evaluation of the accuracy of the statements, he awards as many as four “Pinocchios” to the speaker, and explains his reasoning in the story. He talks about the criticism of fact checking columns and websites from both the left and the right, particularly in this political season. He reviews some of his “8 Worst Pinocchios of the Year,” including an internet ad from the Agenda Project suggesting that Republican plans for Medicare restructuring would endanger senior citizens. Kessler shares stories about growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio and his emerging goal to be involved in journalism. He details his role in testifying at the trial of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby in 2007. He tells the story of being with his children at the elephant house in the National Zoo, while having to take a 30 minute call from Libby. In addition, he explains the difference between a person speaking to a reporter on the record, on background, and off the record.

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