It’s clear from her quick-reaction postings that Shesgreen anticipated the direction the president was headed in his stump speeches. The resulting factcheck posts provided valuable information to readers, although it would have been better had they gotten wider play or been woven into the Enquirer’s main report on Obama’s Monday visit (the paper tells me that Shesgreen’s first two blog posts were combined in print into a single factchecking piece). As the pace quickens in these last six and a half weeks before the election, it would be wise for all media outlets to plan ahead in this way.

T.C. Brown covered government and politics in the Ohio Statehouse Bureau for The Plain Dealer of Cleveland for more than 17 years, and he has also written for other local, state and national publications. Brown is a founding partner in Webface, a social media communication company.