Presidents make a lot of promises during the State of the Union address. For instance, Republicans and Democrats have pledged for decades to tackle energy independence, without significant progress. It's not at all uncommon, in other words, for such grand pronouncements — made in front of Congress and broadcast to the world — to sputter out in the execution.
Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of the Huffington Post, believes that real-time fact-checking could provide some much-needed context to the president's words and pinpoint where the rhetoric doesn't meet reality.
"One of the major things we need to bring in is accountability about what people are saying — politicians, journalists, everyone," Huffington told The Cutline. "The State of the Union seemed like a good place to start."
On Tuesday night, the Huffington Post is teaming up with National Journal, the Center for Public Integrity and the Sunlight Foundation to fact-check President Obama's address. The groups also plan to fact-check Rep. Paul Ryan's Republican response and Rep. Michele Bachmann's tea party response.Read More »from News orgs, nonprofits to fact-check State of the Union address