Thursday, August 30, 2012

Episode 10: The Greater Fool

Just as the final News Night we will see this season began, so shall I, with Dorothy Cooper. Dorothy Cooper is a real person who resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee. And, that was her real picture, and she was written about in the Chattanooga Times Free Press (note the date of the article, October 5th, the timing is explained away by the nurse being the source) when she was unable to obtain the free voter I.D. that Tennessee provides. Yes, I said free. She tried to get the free I.D. in early October of last year, but because of having a different last name than what is on her birth certificate she initially ran into a bit of a glitch. She still could have voted absentee with no issues. However, after returning with her marriage certificate later that month, she received her voter I.D., well in advance of Tennessee's March 6th, 2012 primary, and was able to vote without issue. I'm pretty sure they picked the wrong example. Plus, in my research, I didn't find a single state whose voter I.D. law did not allow for either a free voter I.D., the ability to simply sign an affidavit to attest to your identity, or to have access to an absentee ballot.

Monday, August 27, 2012


The season finale fact check is taking a little longer because of the sheer amount of stuff said on the show that needs checking. It will be done when the fact check is worthy of the show it is checking (by Wednesday).

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Episode 9: The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate

I watch this show differently than, I suspect, any of you reading this blog. I do something strange while the characters are gesticulating and pontificating. I take notes. Not detailed notes, normally just a subject that comes up that deserves more scrutiny. Sometimes it's a name, a date, an event. This episode I sat down with every intention of filling up three-quarters of a notepad with one word reminders. It never happened. My notepad reads exactly as follows:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ambition Got the Better of Me

I have been toying with what to do with this blog during the 42 weeks of the year that The Newsroom is not on the air since about when episode 2 aired, and one idea has stuck since I first tossed it around about the time of episode 3. So, I'm going to dive in. Take the plunge. Take on a project that is probably too ambitious and intense for one person to handle alone. But hey, I won't know whether it can be done unless I try.

I'm going to take on real news. One story per week will be broken down with all of the facts laid out clearly and concisely. I'll tell you what media outlets got it wrong or told half truths, which ones had it right, and which ones could have gone a little bit further. I haven't decided how old the stories will be, but that may vary. Things tend to be more interesting to do this with when you have all of the information rather than when you only have pieces.

When Season 2 comes around look for this site to go back to the current format, but every week in between will be a slightly different situation. It will still stay out of the opinion game. Since it will still be a fact checking site, it will not take sides, and the slogan will remain, "Just the Facts. No Drama."

Thank you all for reading,

Brian Waddell
The Newsroom Fact Check

Monday, August 6, 2012

Episode 7: 5/1

There are some events that happen that don’t require any research to find the facts. Even if you were sleeping, the world gets you up to speed the next morning without having to ask for the information. What The Newsroom covers in this episode was one of those moments that didn’t require any effort on your part to know what had happened.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Episode 6: Bullies

Episode 6, once again, contains a whole lot more opinion than fact, but it’s not my job to debate those opinions. So, here are the facts.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I finally was able to watch the latest episode last night. I reached out to Rick Santorum for comment and am giving him at least 24 hours to respond before I go live with the fact check.