And if it is appropriate, should we expect this fact-checking to be applied across the board?
I ask this because the AP is dedicating straight news reporters and researchers to the task of fact-checking Sarah Palin’s book, which seems to be a horrendous idea to me. I say this for several reasons:
[li]Literary or political criticism is better handled by critics or commentators, not by news reporters. There already is a perception of bias in reporting, this would not help the issue.[/li][li]I cannot recall that other books by politicians were fact-checked in this manner. Did the AP check either of President Obama’s books so extensively?[/li][li]By saying this I do not mean to say that the book cannot be checked or that this cannot be reported upon - if a critic has a noteworthy criticism of the book that can certainly be newsworthy. But the AP’s direct involvement in the check without applying that across the board is unseemly.[/li][/ul]