The Week in Fact-Checking: What evidence do you have?

There’s one thing that FactCheck.org consistently asks the subjects of its fact checks: What evidence do you have? It’s the simplest of questions, so it’s rather confounding that some candidates don’t have an answer. Read more on FactCheck.org. 

Quote of the week
“Fact-checking needs to be there to stop the little lies before they become big lies. Prevention is better than antidote.” — Jason Reifler, University of Exeter, in Vox.

Fact-checkers’ principles
PolitiFact editor Angie Holan returned from the Third Global Fact-Checking Summit with thoughts on what principles unite fact-checkers around the world, in all their diversity.

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Here’s one of the most user-friendly (and funny) tip sheets on fact-checking your friends’ viral Facebook posts. (Like this one about feeding poisonous ice cream to children.)  Read the Medium how-to post from Emily Hie.

Beware the faux check
This is a must-read: A Trump supporter’s support for false fact-checks is beyond convoluted, says The Washington Post’s Callum Borchers. You can also watch the video clip on Brian Stelter’s “Reliable Sources.”

Does Brexit make France the world’s 5th-largest economy?
The Franco-English rivalry has long roots. So some in Paris may have celebrated the claim that the pound’s collapse had brought the French economy to overtake the British one. Not so fast, says Le Monde.

 

Listen to your teacher
For years, schools and journalists didn’t bother to fact-check a Pennsylvania man’s story that he was a Holocaust survivor once held at Auschwitz. But a New York history teacher was suspicious after hearing a presentation from the man — who’s long been in demand as a public speaker and Holocaust expert. Here’s what the fact-checking teacher found. 

Fact-checking images from terrorist attacks
The terrorist attacks at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport were followed by the (sadly familiar)sight of media outlets misconstruing old images. Journalists used photos that a quick reverse image search would have shown to be from the Brussels attack in March. La Repubblica, in Italy, even replaced one misattributed photo on its home page with another.

 

Fact-checking: It’s never that simple
“The British are frantically Googling what the EU is, hours after voting against it.” Great headline, easy to understand and share. Too bad it was off-base. Read Danny Page’s explanation about why you can’t really use Google Trends data this way.

Quick fact-checking links
(1) Was Peter Griffin right about fact-checking? (2) Haven’t had your fill of articles heralding the dawn of the “post-fact” era? Here’s one more. (3) That photo of Brits rushing to get Irish passports is actually from a strike in 2010, TheJournal.ie reports. (4) The Conversation in Australia raised enough money to hire an additional editor on the FactCheck team. (5) Readers of Serbia’s “Danas” have the usual social options at the bottom of article — plus a button to send a claim to fact-checkers Istinomer. (6) Interested in fact-checking on video? Take the NewsU webinar on July 13th. (Also, join the hundreds of people who’ve signed up for our new, free accountability/fact-checking online course.)

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