Tonight, we had no such process in the actual debate, but we did have the trusty watchdog media, the lion of the press, the alpaca of the print, the New York Times to point out factual errors that the Republican candidates made during the debate. I searched the website, and I found no instances of where the NYT had before reacted to a partisan debate in such a manner.
I would not find this noteworthy, though, had not Rachel Maddow (everyone's favorite press
I have never seen the media engage in such a vociferous fact-checking of the candidates' figures. Ever. I fight my right-wing tendency to chalk criticism of the Right up to "liberal elitism," but these particular stories, more than anything, would support such a view.