Stephen Colbert on fact-checking the Sunday shows

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Last week, we noted that ABC's This Week would begin working with PolitiFact.com to provide a weekly fact-check of the Sunday show. Said PolitiFact.com's Bill Adair in making the announcement:

Jake Tapper, the interim host of This Week, liked the suggestion and asked us to fact-check the show on a trial basis. So starting this Sunday, we'll be fact-checking the newsmakers who appear on the program. We'll post the items on our home page and on the show's Web site. The items will also be archived on PolitiFact's This Week page, so you'll be able to check back periodically and see how the newsmakers are doing.

Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's Colbert Report, isn't pleased. As he puts it:

I don't care about facts. I gut-check my show. I say, "gut, does that feel true to you," and gut says, "yes it does Stephen, let's get a grilled cheese sandwich."

Colbert also ribbed David Gregory, host of NBC's Meet the Press, for this disappointing statement:

People can fact-check Meet the Press every Sunday on their own terms.

I hope Gregory will come to his senses. It would do all Sunday show viewers a great deal of good if Meet the Press, CBS' Face the Nation, Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday (and the cable/syndicated ones too) followed This Week's lead rather than Colbert's, which is how they seem to do it now.

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