Washington Post Truth Teller: near-real-time fact-checking of political discourse. Much-needed intervention for the current tendency to disregard and invent facts altogether.
More info on the project and the technology involved at the Knight Foundation’s blog.
I can’t stop watching this. Gotta love Jack Black as the most candid Jesus I’ve ever seen. And Neil Patrick Harris can effing sing.
Tim Russert is breaking Ron Paul’s balls the whole time yet Ron does a pretty good job of keeping his cool. I’d like to see an interview like this conducted over correspondence where each side has more time to consider and prepare their responses. Backing someone into a corner with an entire staff’s worth of research and misquoted soundbytes doesn’t do much good for anyone.
At one point Tim criticizes Ron for not refusing federal money from bills that he voted against on principle, yet passed regardless. That would be like me refusing A’s in college classes just because I think the American university system is broken. You either play the game or you don’t, and if you play you follow the rules, trying best you can to change them along the way. Washing your hands of a mess only makes for clean hands, and there is a surplus of clean hands in this country.
Actually, 14 seconds.
6,000 interviews and 4,500 hours (450 translated and subtitled) from people in 65 countries. Bertrand conceived of the idea while traveling and shooting for The Earth From Above. The full project is forthcoming in 2008, but there is sample footage available now on the website.
Created at the beginning of 2003, “6 billion others” aims to create a sensitive and human portrait of the planet’s inhabitants.