Political science’s Justin Buchler talks political ads’ importance

PolitiFact Ohio marks two years of the Truth-O-Meter

The Plain Dealer: In its first two years, PolitiFact Ohio has run nearly 400 statements through the “Truth-O-Meter.” Election-season political messaging is especially filled with false claims, though Justin Buchler, associate professor of political science, doesn’t think people are influenced by these messages—whether true or false. “It’s very rare for facts to actually change anybody’s mind,” he said. “I’m very skeptical that facts matter at all in modern politics. Most politicians can lie with impunity.