Here’s a useful analysis by USA Today of the State of the Union, which looks closely at the president’s words, and contrasts them, issue by issue, with contextual thumbnails. In the process, the paper sticks to reality, not rhetoric. It’s the sort of effort more newspapers should undertake, but don’t.

—Z.R.

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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.