With the emergence of Donald Trump into the political field and subsequent Presidency, a little know profession saw a surge; not only in need, but in recognition. Political Fact Checkers were once the under-dogs, hidden behind the scenes, in basements, garages, and outhouses. Their work was rarely quoted, and they were rarely given a bi-line.
However, once Donald Trump popped onto the scene with his over 10,000 lies, Political Fact Checkers became heroes. They began to receive bi-lines, guest spots on news programs, and even their own offices.
Now as we face the 2020 elections, PFC’s are beginning to fear for their jobs. According to a spokes-person for the Keep Us Great Fact Checkers Association (KUGFCA) a growing concern for their jobs arose after fact checking the first Democratic Political Debate. The gut-wrenching fear is that if Democrats don’t stand up and begin “fudging” information and data they will be relegated to their basement offices or otherwise unemployed.
In an attempt to gain understanding of their plight the KUGFCA has proposed legislation, which would require all political parties to engage in a certain number of non-truths during their candidacies and terms in office. In what has been proposed as a non-partisan bill, the organization is hoping that it will hold all politicians accountable for mis-leading the public in the fashion for which Trump has become famous.
Should the proposed legislation not pass, KUGFCA has started an on-line go-fund me page accepting donations for members who may find themselves facing a reduction in their hours or potential lay-offs.