Q: As a viewer of your station, I would be grateful if, during the election season, you would insist on the accuracy of any third-party ads you air and make fact checking to prevent political deception a regular feature of your news programming. Thank you.
A: Thank you for taking the time to write. WFAA has a history of quality political reporting. It was just a few years ago that the station was honored with the University of Southern California Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in political journalism. At the time the judges noted WFAA’s “unique storytelling techniques” and strong reporting efforts in segments including: “Dinner with the Candidates,” where two major party candidates sat down for a home-cooked meal and questions from a north Texas family; a weekly “Ad Watch” series of reports on political advertising; “Debate Watch,” regular segments checking the accuracy of statements made during debates; and “College Voters,” a report revealing a lack of interest and knowledge about the campaign on a college campus.
We will report innovatively and effectively as the 2012 political season continues. You might check News 8 reporter Brad Watson’s “Reality Check” piece from “Inside Texas Politics,” which airs weekly on WFAA. Here is a sample: http://www.wfaa.com/news/politics/Reality-Check-on-Ted-Cruz-senate-ad-some-true-some-false-152068685.html
The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s FactCheck.org is also a good source for this kind of information.