Breaking from our recent mode of one full piece a day, we return to a more “bloggy” format this week for brief and varied items on the DNC and the media.
UPDATE: OBAMABALL? There’s been a lot of buzz since it was revealed that Michael Lewis was granted wide access to President Obama and would be writing about it right in the middle of the current campaign, with no holds barred, for Vanity Fair. Now they’ve started putting some of it out and cherry picking excerpts and quotes (plus see photo of the two taking a break during a b-ball game). And here’s a separate extract surrounding his decisions relating to attacking Libya.
One excerpt, Obama on faking emotion: "I feel it is an insult to the people I’m dealing with. For me to feign outrage, for example, feels to me like I’m not taking the American people seriously. I’m absolutely positive that I’m serving the American people better if I’m maintaining my authenticity. And that’s an overused word. And these days people practice being authentic. But I’m at my best when I believe what I am saying.”
UPDATE: THE NEW FACTS MACHINES Our Nation friend Ari Melber with a new piece at MediaShift on why all of those fact-check sites have really caught on. More lies to check? “As this year’s presidential campaign enters the homestretch after Labor Day, a new, aggressive model of fact-checking appears to be taking root. It is fast, aggressive and sometimes even outraged about falsehoods on the campaign trail.”
UPDATE: THE ANNOTATED MICHELLE OBAMA Quite a package at NYT right now: video of Michelle Obama’s speech last night, transcript and full annotation by its reporter—also author of bestselling book on the subject—Jodi Kantor. At one point: “Many classic Michelle Obama beliefs in this speech — wealthy people aren’t better, they often just have more luck, opportunity and access.” In conclusion: “In contrast to the speech that Ann Romney, Mitt Romney’s wife, gave at the Republican convention last week, Mrs. Obama avoids any kind of political confrontation: No talk of Republicans or Romney or even the other side.”