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FactCheck Mailbag, Week of Dec. 6-12

This week, readers sent us comments about the headlines of our articles.

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

Neutral Headlines

I read and trust your reports, and I will be using your reports to help me decide who to vote for for president. But using the headline [“More Baloney at ABC/Yahoo! Debate,” Dec. 10] for your recent report concerns me because it shows a judgmental position.

You are best when you report the facts, not when you show your personal position on what you are reporting. Keep up the good work, but please remain neutral. There is enough unreliable, bias and judgmental reporting out there already.

Dwayne Broussard
Marshall, Texas


I realize that you attempt to keep your critiques non-partisan, but the title to the review of the December 10 debate was poorly chosen and demonstrated a prejudice. Your writers found four items that were questionable out of about 1 1/2 hours of debate. Perhaps the title should have been “A Relatively Clean Debate.”

I really felt that your writers reached deep to come up with some of the critiques this time. The candidates have 30 seconds to 60 seconds to answer some pretty tough questions.

Joseph Volpe
Sarasota, Fla.


‘One of the Best’

You have consistently done such a great job at dispelling rumors and debunking false claims. Your organization is one of the best going around and I wish you years of success. But I want more of you. America needs more of you.

Have you considered creating a television program, maybe even on Fox!, where you would cover the most scandalous claims of the week and explain the truth to people? I would be a devoted follower.

Thom Kolton
Osturňa, Slovakia