Why the heck won’t David Gregory factcheck his guests? The host of Meet the Press declined a proposal from NYU’s Jay Rosen to factcheck the show. The Sunday shows tend to drone around the periphery of partisan talking points. On The Media has follow up with Chas Danner who, with another college student, is fact checking the Sunday shows for Gregory and other Sunday shows.
It’s the final installment of the PMT political podcast before Election Day on November 2.
Texas Public Radio’s Terry Gildea and PMT’s Michael Olson breakdown the latest developments in the Governor’s race and key U.S. House races in Texas.
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In a corner near the bar at a popular taco restaurant, Wendy Davis was holding the floor. One by one, a series of television reporters took turns asking the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful the same questions about her controversial TV ad featuring an empty wheelchair and portraying her handicapped opponent as a hypocrite. Los Angeles Times
State leaders asked for and received a study that said the voter photo ID law would leave more than a half-million voters without required state-issued IDs. But they didn't tell most legislators about it, according to a federal judge's findings. Texas Tribune
It would take more than 10 days to watch all the ad spots on broadcast television that the campaign of Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for Texas governor, has bought from July to Election Day. Texas Tribune
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz still leads the pack in a hypothetical race for the Republican presidential nomination among Texas voters, but Gov. Rick Perry has closed the gap between himself and the front-runner. Among Democrats, one candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is far ahead of everyone else. Texas Tribune
Political instincts improve Perry's presidential standing; Analysis: A missing piece in the voter ID debate; Texas takes last pass at social studies textbooks; In TV airtime, a candidate looks invincible; Straus says fix, don't ditch, Enterprise Fund; Ebola task force director: "This is the new normal." Texas Tribune
The Dallas Morning News sued Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins on Thursday in an attempt to obtain documents about how Watkins has spent public money. The newspaper asked a state district judge to order Watkins to turn over public documents after the district attorney refused to release them in the time frame outlined by state law, according to t
Since the decontamination decor went up Sunday, the home where he lives with girlfriend Carolyn Cox has become the talk of the neighborhood. News vans come and go. Drivers slow down to take pictures, and many joggers have snapped selfies with the home on the corner of Westchester Drive and Emerson Avenue. “What’s the scariest thing?” Faulk asked. “Ebola.” Da
The researchers said tests in people might start within two years, and a product could potentially be ready for licensing by 2010 or 2011. It never happened. The vaccine sat on a shelf. Only now is it undergoing the most basic safety tests in humans — with nearly 5,000 people dead from Ebola and an epidemic raging out of control in West Africa. New York Time
A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with the man while he was sick. New York Times
A senior adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted Thursday that "Before ObamaCare, there had never been a case of Ebola in the U.S.," later adding it was a "bad joke." The adviser, Nick Muzin, deleted the tweet, but screenshots shot around Twitter. The Hill
The number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert. Associated Press