The Post also points out an apparent flaw in the president’s argument that bi-lateral talks with North Korea would jeopardize the six-nation talks already underway. The Post notes that “each of the other four countries in the talks has held direct talks with North Korea during the six-party process — and China has repeatedly asked the Bush administration to talk directly with North Korea. Moreover, the Bush administration has talked directly with North Korean diplomats on the sidelines of the six-party talks.”

The New York Times didn’t offer one of the carefully-produced “Fact Check” boxes that it has instituted of late, but in a “policy” story by David Sanger, it did highlight many of the candidates’ misstatements, including the mythical 100,000 trained Iraqi security forces and the exaggerated $200 billion cost of the war.

Over and above the specific issues the press chose to focus on, it’s encouraging to us that they are at long last making it a priority to tell news consumers what’s true and what’s not — and how candidates’ claims measure up to known facts.

Indeed, after months of suggesting just this sort of thing, Campaign Desk is starting to feel like a new father. If we had any money, we’d pass out cigars.

Zachary Roth

Zachary Roth is a contributing editor to The Washington Monthly. He also has written for The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, Slate, Salon, The Daily Beast, and Talking Points Memo, among other outlets.