Yes, the pressure is on in newsrooms here and around the country for reporters to do six different things simultaneously. But, readers need more from their coverage of This Week’s New Attack Ad than unexamined claims and counter-claims.
To end on a hopeful note, here is a list of some useful Virginia resources which reporters here might use (some reporters already do) to enhance and improve their coverage of campaign claims and the spending behind those claims (in addition to the resources CJR reviewed here):
PolitiFact Virginia, as many folks know, assesses the accuracy of campaign statements.
The Virginia Public Access Project helps track money in politics at all levels in Virginia.
Opensecrets.org tracks money spent in Virginia (presidential race, US House and Senate races).
Campaign finance filings, of course, can be found at the Virginia State Board of Elections website.
And, for the presidential race, The Washington Post has a great tool for tracking television ads and spending in each market across the nation.