Welcome to The Bull Meter


Every day, we’ll help you cut through the spin, the noise, and the, um, bull, you hear on the campaign trail by fact-checking those claims that make us all raise an eyebrow. To do so, our crack team will be using a rigourously established and soon-to-be world renowned—please don’t fact check this—Bull Scale to measure the truthfulness of these statements. The coveted “No Bull” status will be reserved only for those claims that are 100 per cent true, while the biggest whoppers will be called out using our patented five-bull, “Total Bull” designation.

Lying, equivocating, obfuscating politicians beware!

Heard something that doesn’t sound quite right? Send quotes from the campaign trail to macbullmeter@gmail.com and we’ll tell you just how much bull they contain.

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Welcome to The Bull Meter

  1. Good move, I am already done with this "Please, let's get it over election" all of them are so full of it!

  2. Will you apply this scale to forum commenters as well? I think we should each have our own rating.

    Personally, I'm willing to start with a handicap of 50, and betting by the end of the election, hollinm will supersede me.

  3. Bull:-)

  4. Excellent initiative, but we need a unit of measure. Given the nature and object of the scale, I suggest the "oda". Thus, a statement containing a precise half-truth would weigh in at 50 odas.

    Given who lies behind the inspiration for the unit, I suggest an inverse ratio be applied to its expression. Thus, a totally false statement would come in at 100 odas, whilst a completely true statement would rate 0 odas. What say you, good people?

  5. I say Yea!

  6. The concept is good but the currency is suspect. I suggest perhaps a more neutral currency after all Iggy just got a few bulls today. Maybe a Bill (as in Clinton) would work.

  7. I think the Bull Meter needs to properly research its subjects instead of just giving us partisan spin from Conservative talking points.

  8. I call Bull on this Bull meter.

    "Every day, we'll help you cut through the spin, the noise, and the, um, bull, you hear on the campaign trail"

    A reasonable person, reading that quote and the context surrounding it, would assume that you would take the stuff heard between the dropping of the writ and election day. Or in other words, between March 26 and May 2.

    And yet your first two posts are quotes from March 20 and March 23. So there is no logical reason why your bull meter couldn't report on stuff from 1997, 2004, 2008, etc. And yet you choose to shy away from those alarmingly bullish quotes–possibly for fear of breaking the meter.

    So which is it, are you going to "help us through the spin" or are you going to concern yourself with protection of company assets?

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