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The Week in Fact-Checking: Do you hear an echo?

Media watchers have long theorized that partisan “echo chambers” are damaging to the public’s understanding of facts. They may be onto something — the more partisan your media, the more likely you are to believe wrong information, according to a new study. Read about it on Poynter. Quote of the week “We don’t pretend to be, nor do […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Would you like facts with that news?

Political reporters are showing that — at least in the context of the 2016 U.S. presidential election — fact-checking isn’t just for fact-checkers. But more remains to be done. “Noting the accuracy of a political claim should be as standard as including someone’s hometown or party affiliation,” Bill Adair says in a column for Poynter. […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Olympics and the truth

OK, fact-checking is not an Olympic sport (yet). But the games do inspire their fair share of bombastic claims and fakery — and fact-checkers are close behind. From the science of “cupping” to the speed of Usain Bolt and the more ponderous issue of the economic impact of the Games, check out this fact-checked overview […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: 100 days and who’s counting

On Saturday, the U.S. presidential race reached the 100-days-until-Election-Day mark, which traditionally is a popular time to look forward (or backward) in American politics. What do political writers predict? “It’s going to be the nastiest 99 days you have ever seen in a political campaign,” wrote The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza on Sunday. Fact-checkers are chasing down […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Convention chaos

Political conventions typically are full of statements that send hoards of people rushing to Google. Did slaves really build the White House? And were they Irish? Is there actually a law that says funerals must be held for aborted fetuses? Did Donald Trump really  “cash in” on the 9-11 attacks? And does he love dictators? Fact-checkers will […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Is this really the end of truth?

If you’re following media coverage of the U.S. presidential campaign or the Brexit referendum, you can’t have missed headlines announcing the end of truth. Apparently 2016 is the year when facts, unloved and marginalized, have finally been banished from the political sphere. Is the media overreacting? Read more on Poynter. Quote of the week “As journalists […]

Zombie facts and the political conventions: Don’t let the untruths invade your brains

The 2016 political conventions will be the most fact-checked in history. Journalists will work nearly around the clock to examine, research, write and rate claims made by GOP candidate Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and their staffers, supporters and surrogates. Sadly, technology still hasn’t caught up to the avalanche of misstatements and fabrications uttered by […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: That article you’re writing might fail you

A journalist who covered the Brexit referendum is convinced that the traditional journalism story structure is no longer helpful in fact-checking and explaining complicated issues to readers. “Articles suck,” says Jeremy Evans, who suggests some alternatives and shares other lessons that fact-checking Brexit has taught him. Quote of the week “Part of the problem, of course, […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: The fact is, fact-checking can be better

In this newsletter, we like to highlight the best fact checks we’ve seen around the world. Frankly, we’d like to honor more of this work. But the bar is high. Do your fact checks — or the ones you read — have all the right ingredients? We offer nine steps to improvement. Read our recs on the […]

The fact is, fact-checking can be better

In our newsletter, “The Week in Fact-Checking,” we like to highlight the best fact checks we’ve seen around the world. Frankly, we’d like to honor more of this work. But the bar is high. By its nature, fact-checking is held to a greater standard. There’s less sympathy for error and terrifically high importance placed on […]

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