Truth MeasuredJanuary 15th, 2009 by Steven Gardner
As a new president takes office next week, the paper is unveiling the same principle for a new application. The Obameter
“PolitiFact is launching an unprecedented journalistic effort to track Obama’s campaign promises and measure the progress of his presidency. Using our new Obameter, we will track each promise — we’ve identified 510 of them — and rate whether it was kept, broken or compromised. Those ratings will be tallied on our Web site, creating an up-to-the-minute report card on the Obama White House.”
There’s a meter for all 510 promises made by Barack Obama in the campaign. Two have already been kept, three are in the works and 505 have seen no action. That’s understandable, since he’s not really president yet. PolitiFact is not expecting 100 percent compliance.
“An important point: When we say a promise is broken, that is not necessarily a negative thing or a failure by Obama. The failure to enact a promise might simply reflect that priorities of the Congress or the American people have changed since he made the promise. Or it could indicate that Obama decided there were higher priorities.”
Word is they’re going to make this into a widget. If so, I’ll see if we can get it added on our site.