Congressman to fact-check presidential address in real time

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A Texas congressman has announced he’ll fact check President Obama’s big speech Tuesday night — online and in real-time.

There will be plenty of commentary on Obama’s State of the Union address Feb. 12. Not only will each of the networks have its own cadre of pundits to tell us what it all means, but two GOP U.S. senators will offer their own responses: Marco Rubio of Florida will give the Republican response, and Rand Paul of Kentucky will do the same for the tea party.

And if you didn’t get your fill by then, the following day, the fact-checkers will tell us when the president was telling us the truth, and at what points he had his fingers crossed behind his back.

But wouldn’t it be nice to get all this as it happens? Now we can.

The office of U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, will be live-tweeting his own responses, , according to The Western Center for Journalism. To join the fun, simply follow him on Twitter at @SteveStockmanTX.

The Center for Journalism report said:

“Obama will be giving this speech on Mardi Gras, so expect binge spending and a parade of excuses,” said Stockman.

“We won’t let Obama get away with any more lies or misrepresentation. His failed agenda requires instant responses.  We will debunk Obama and tell the truth before the liberal media have a chance to spin his agenda,” said Stockman.
“I will also be repeating my offer to host him here in Texas so he can learn how to create jobs,” said Stockman.

Twitter has long been popular for exchanging barbs and “high fives” during speeches and debates, but this is the first time I’ve heard of anyone attempting to fact-check as the event is running. For conservatives, this could make watching the presidential address not only more palatable, but it might even be a real hoot.

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