Are you familiar with the term "Mouseprint? Bob Sullivan is–or, he is now–it’s the fine print that’s so damn tiny only a mouse can read it. Sullivan took a look at a website (appropriately named Mouseprint.org) that serves as a mouseprint magnifying glass , as it were, and it makes for fun yet grim reading. Truth in advertising my foot.
Something else that’s kind of fascinating in the sheer potential for misinformation: Mr. Bush has just signed a law to "create an online database for tracking about $1 trillion in government spending on grants and contracts." The ostensible explanation is to make the budget subject to greater public scrutiny, but depending on how it’s designed and built it could just be an enormous smokescreen; or, at least, a database with a strangely malleable content depending on such things as election year calendar or scandal gossip. (If they can falsify electronic voting, they can falsify this too.) We shall see.