Tuesday, November 3, 2015

How About an Index for Real Clear Politics Lies?

Real Clear Politics publishes the results of each presidential popularity poll as it is released along with a seven-day rolling average.  How about an index for political lies?

Lies can be defined as follows (the list is not exhaustive):

Whoppers.  Bald face lies.
Big lies with the barest hint of truth.
White lies.
Quoting out of context.
Alleged forgetfulness.
Plausible deniability.
[Fill in others].

Lies could be placed on a ten-point scale, with 10 signifying a Hitler-level lie, and 1 an itsy-bitsy fib.   Cumulative points could indicate the extent of a politician’s lying.  All past lies could be entered into the index as a starting point on a politician’s history of lying, and as a baseline to see if candidates increase or decrease their lying as the campaign proceeds.

The committee (much like the FCS ranking beginning on November 3, 2015) should be drawn from non-partisan, professional politician watchers.  Every network, radio program, blog, Facebook post, and tweet that covers presidential campaigns should report the daily index update.

1 comment :

Chick said...

Admittedly on shaky constitutional grounds, but what about mandatory fines for lies. The airwaves are not the press, strictly speaking, and are regulated now with an obligation to educate and inform. Then think about applying truth telling to ads.