New York - Sometimes political talk show hosts tell the truth, according to a new study that surprised researchers at the Corporate Media Center.
"It's 17 minutes past the hour," said former White House press secretary Tony Snow on The Radio Factor, earning himself another "Truthful" rating by a team of white-coated CMC media-watchers.
"We try to be objective," explained one scientist, standing in front of a bank of monitors. "We fact-check every statement and rate it from 0 (completely untruthful) to 1 (truthful)."
Demonstrating the process, the team of scientists worked through Snow's entire program. At one point, there was audible gasping when he said "since Obama has been in the United States Senate, he has voted present more often than any other member of the Senate." A quick search of the Washington Post congressional vote database revealed that Obama has never voted present during his time in the U.S. Senate.
"That would count as 'untrue'" noted a researcher. "But watch how he balances that with an accurate timecheck."
Sure enough, Snow said "It's 23 minutes past the hour. We'll be back after these commercials."
"That's two true statements," smiled the researchers. "Once again, this political talk show host is truthful!"