— Greg Richmond (@GregRichmond) November 15, 2015
It seemed to take a while for mainstream news outlets to catch up to the charter school critique issued by Hillary Clinton a week or so ago, but advocates and then editorial pages pummeled her broad-brush comments all last week and through the weekend.
On Thursday Factcheck.org took issue with it as well:
“We take no position on the merits of charter schools. But we find that Clinton’s broad claim that “most charter schools” don’t accept or don’t keep the hardest-to-teach kids is not supported by the evidence.”
Fact-checking is a tough thing for newsrooms to do on the fly, but is something that is possible to do when claims are questioned. In a perfect world, claims made by candidates or advocates would be questioned and verified as they are being reported — not just by quoting reactions from opponents. At least in this situation an attempt was made to look into them after the fact.