Facts on File
In yesterday’s assessment of the Republican presidential debate in Dearborn, Michigan, I raised the broader issue of how candidates use canned statistics as a strategic tool for casting their records in the most favorable light.
In the context of a fast-paced, multi-candidate debate, sorting out these competing factual claims becomes an almost impossible task for viewers, leaving one to fall back on spot judgments about how persuasively candidates wield these facts, rather than on the nature of the facts, themselves.
Over at Slate, John Dickerson picks up on this thread, with a critical look at how Rudy Giuliani employs this rhetorical skill, to great effect.

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