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FactCheck Mailbag, Week of Nov. 1-7


This week, readers sent us comments about “less than neutral language” in a recent article about Herman Cain’s many contradictory statements.

In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the e-mail we receive. Readers can send comments to editor@factcheck.org. Letters may be edited for length.

 

Insightful, But Less than Neutral

Your article on Herman Cain is very insightful [“Cain’s Pattern of Evasion and Misdirection,” Nov. 2].

I had no idea that he contradicted himself several times. I think some of your reported contradictions are just misunderstandings that can be explained, but even if that is the case, he is not being very clear.

I wish you would publish such an in-depth piece on the contradictions of Obama’s promises and the actual policies of his administration. You could fill your site with articles for years. However, although you report them, you tend to gloss over the left’s mistruths and deceptions, while pursuing in-depth reporting on the right’s. You are in danger of becoming just another hack website.

Eric Williams
Virginia Beach, Va.

 

I was somewhat surprised and not a little disappointed to see, what I considered, pointed, colorful and less than neutral language describing Herman Cain’s positions.

I respect FactCheck and the work that you do, at the same time, to me, the article seemed less about clarifying the facts and more about calling Cain an uncontrollable liar. Just my opinion (in case you’re curious, I’m a left-wing, liberal wacko and would never have voted for Cain).

I will continue to appreciate the neutral nature of your site, but would also ask that you leave the pointedness to the errors the person made and not to the person who made the errors.

Brett Jacobs
Eugene, Ore.