Andrew Ward of the Financial Times shows what a real reporter does when a candidate’s assertions don’t match the facts:
Until now, Mr Thompson’s policy pronouncements have amounted to little more than broad expressions of conservative principles. Much of his appeal stems from his charisma and star quality. Obvious parallels with Ronald Reagan, another B-list actor who became president, have also helped at a time of rampant Republican nostalgia for the Reagan era.
Once on the campaign trail, however, Mr Thompson’s policies, leadership abilities and life history will come under closer scrutiny.
Like Mr Reagan, he projects himself as an outsider intent on challenging the Washington establishment. In reality, he has spent much of his life in the capital, dating back to his role as a congressional lawyer during the Watergate investigation. He went on to become a political lobbyist, representing big business on Capitol Hill.
There! Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?