The Week in Fact-Checking: 50 percent increase in fact-checking around the world
The latest news from fact-checking and accountability journalism from Jane Elizabeth at the American Press Institute and Alexios Mantzarlis of the Poynter Institute.
The results of the new Duke Reporters’ Lab census show a 50 percent increase in the number of fact-checking operations around the world since 2015, with 96 active operations in 37 countries. (And the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Spin Control launches Thursday.) But what do these numbers mean, and what challenges lie ahead? Read about it on Poynter.org.
Fact-checking in the U.S.
Quote of the week
“Americans are a famously skeptical people, but in the gyms of Iowa, the Rotary Clubs of South Carolina and all the coffee shops and civic halls to come, our perennial gullibility is there for the plucking. Let the record reflect: the American people are a bunch of suckers. “ — Ben Fountain, writing for The Guardian
Whatever you might believe about people who believe in conspiracy theories, you’re probably wrong. Researchers have been studying the characteristics of people who support conspiracy theories, and have found — believe it or not — a higher level of openmindedness. Read it.
Fact-checking tip of the week
When a candidate begins a sentence with “When I’m elected, I will…,” whatever comes next needs fact-checking. NPR’s “Break it Down” looked into whether a president could truly bring back waterboarding. Read it.
On the campaign trail this week, Hillary Clinton re-enacted an old Arkansas campaign ad in which a dog would bark every time a politician lied. The internets have been having some fun with Clinton’s dog-barking. Watch it.
Fact-checking around the world
Fact-checking gathers steam in Ireland
TheJournal.ie staff was looking for ways to return the Irish general election to the hands of its users. They turned to fact-checking – and it was a hit with readers. Will it last?
Fact-checker of the week: Lupa
With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro less than six months away, a new website aims to monitor the Brazilian government’s success in organizing them. Lupa is not Brazil’s first fact-checking website, but it promises innovation in formats and business model.
Quick fact-checking news
(1) Ad-curracy, a project by the Canadian Press, fact-checks ads ahead of elections in Manitoba (2) ICYMI, France’s Lying Oscars are awesome and should be emulated (3) CBS News profiles U.S. fact-checkers (4) New to fact-checking? Take the beginners’ webinar on Poynter.org on Feb. 25.