NPR Offers Annotated, Fact-Checked Version of Last Night’s Presidential Debate

Sep 27, 2016  •  Post A Comment

NPR has published a detailed analysis of last night’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with fact-checking and notes by a team of NPR staffers. Here are a couple of examples:

  • Trump went hard after the NAFTA trade agreement, which was approved during the Bill Clinton administration. Said Trump: “NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere but certainly ever signed in this country.”

Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax added this note to Trump’s comment: “Most studies show NAFTA had a relatively small impact on the economy. ‘NAFTA did not cause the huge job losses feared by the critics or the large economic gains predicted by supporters. The net overall effect of NAFTA on the U.S. economy appears to have been relatively modest,’ according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.”

  • Clinton commented that “violent crime is one half of what it was in 1991; property crime is down 40 percent. We just don’t want to see it creep back up.”

NPR White House Correspondent Scot Horsley added a note saying, in part: “Newly released FBI data report that violent crime increased by nearly 4 percent between 2014 and 2015, with murders rising by nearly 11 percent, but crime researchers said homicides and other violence still remain at low rates compared with a crime wave from 20 years ago. About seven cities are largely responsible for the increase in murders last year, but that pattern has not held steady into 2016, when homicides in some places, including Baltimore and Washington, have dropped.”

Click here to read the full annotated transcript posted by NPR.


One Comment

  1. I listened to NPR the morning after and they were tying themselves in knots trying to put a positive spin on the misstatements of Clinton and turn them into truths! On the opposing side, they managed to go a far into the weeds as necessary to tarnish any Trump comments. I didn’t expect neutral journalistic integrity – but the leanings were blatant. Find a balanced non partisan fact checking source (if one exists) but don’t waste your time with NPR.

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