CNN Radio News Day: October 16, 2012
October 16th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 16, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • The political campaigns, the pundits, the fact-crunchers and presumably the voting public will all be watching tonight as President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney meet for the second of three debates before next month's presidential election.  The town hall format for the debate means this is the one and only chance that voters themselves will get to question both candidates at once.  We wanted to know who those voters are?  Our resident political expert, CNN's Lisa Desjardins was asking the same question:

"...I started wondering how'd those folks get in that group? Could my neighbor get a shot at being on stage?" FULL POST

OPINION: Do facts matter?
Vice President Joe Biden said "facts matter" in his debate with Paul Ryan, but does that turn out to be true in politics?
October 16th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

OPINION: Do facts matter?

Editor's note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter" and of the new book "Governing America." Join him for a live chat on Twitter from noon to 12:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday @CNNOpinion about whether facts still matter in politics today.

Princeton, New Jersey (CNN) - The fact-checkers have been out in force for months.

With the presidential and vice presidential debates fully under way, and both parties claiming that their opponents are liars, websites and news shows are inundated with experts and reporters who inform voters about whether candidates are making claims that have little basis in fact.

Like the card game "B.S," in which players call fellow players when they lie about what card has been put into the collective pile, the fact-checkers shout out to Americans when they find that politicians are injecting falsehood into the news cycle.