"Pardon The Interruption" Politics Version

    "Pardon the Interruption" is a sports analysis show on ESPN. Two hosts review recent sports stories and offer their opinions. One of the key ingredients of the show is a review at the end, noting what the hosts got wrong. Usually this involves errors in memories about events of past games or players statistics. The technique would benefit today's news anchors. Politicians and pundits are able to come on news show, present their spin, and face limited pushback at the time of the show. There is no penalty for lying.

    Imagine longer interviews, with politicians allowed to present their spin, but the pol or pundit spewing false statistics or data would get pushback after the commercial break.The interns and show producers would have time to track down the veracity of a statement or statistics asserted by a guest. The audience would see corrections done real time. On most news shows, corrections come the following day.

    The ability to have a quick response to an untrue statement would help the audience have a better grasp of the facts. As it stands now, false statements go unchallenged on many occasions. Recent examples  of where this system would be helpful are too numerous to count. Any Donald Trump encounter would qualify. Another example would be the recent verbal tussle between MSBNC's Joy Reid and Senatorial candidate Rep. Alan Grayson concerning whether Grayson was involved in an ongoing ethics investigation.  

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    The ability to review data from the ethic committee and the NYT in real time may have clarified events for the listening audience.

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