This Marsha Mercer column sums up the essence of how nobody can seem to agree on the facts any more, not in a presidential campaign. This commentary from the Richmond paper points out that by the numbers, the economy was better in 2003 than in 1996, but the media can't agree whether that's true.
The Washington Post has this letter to the editor that says: "The degree to which cable news outlets can saturate our minds with half-truths or fallacies threatens our democracy." The Post also has this commentary that claims: "the journalism of verification . . . is gradually yielding place to a journalism of assertion."
In the Norfolk paper, Margaret Edds speaks of the truth in this column, and opines: "When it comes to the Bush administration, so far, the consequences for fudging the truth on such matters are zilch."
Tommy Denton from the Roanoke paper likewise assails the truthfulness of Republicans in this column. Showing fairness and balance, the Roanoke paper also has this reader commentary about how the Roanoke paper is not telling the truth in its editorials about the Swift Boat veterans - an assertion that may or may not be true.