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Tips for how President Trump can improve his media literacy

“With cries of ‘fake news’ coming from all sides, schools are stepping up — teaching media literacy to help students distinguish rumor from fact, hoax from reality” — and President Trump’s suggestion of a terrorist attack in Sweden shows he needs a crash course, too, Margaret Sullivan writes. Though these media literacy tips may be […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Get ready for International Fact-Checking Day

There’s an International Day of Yoga and a National Grammar Day, so why not an International Fact-Checking Day? The IFCN is promoting a series of activities for April 2. Find out more here. ABC Fact Check is back Last year, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation shut down its Fact Check unit after the government halted funding. Before […]

‘The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn’s Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies’

“The officials leaking [the information leading to Michael Flynn’s resignation] acted justifiably, despite the fact that they violated the law,” Glenn Greenwald argues. “That’s because the leaks revealed that a high government official, Gen. Flynn, blatantly lied to the public about a material matter — his conversations with Russian diplomats — and the public has […]

‘Flynn resignation shows leaks under Trump are working. Keep ‘em coming.’

You might have heard: Investigative journalism and leaks to newspapers led to Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser (CNN Media) But did you know: “The Flynn episode is just the latest and most high-profile case in which the Trump administration has been forced to reverse course because of leaks to journalists,” Trevor Timm writes. […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Happy Birthday, here’s a survey

A year ago, Poynter and the American Press Institute combined their respective fact-checking/accountability newsletters to create this newsletter. We want to know how we can improve this year, and we hope you’ll take a moment to answer this quick survey. Thanks for your support. Quote of the week “This problem has nothing to do with freedom […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Figuring out if ‘fake news’ is a real problem

Is it possible that purveyors of misinformation are just a bunch of bogeymen? Yet another study, published this week in Columbia Journalism Review, questions whether the “fake news industry” and its audiences are all that powerful. Powerful enough, for instance, to impact a presidential election. The Northwestern study, which examines fake sites as well as hyperpartisan […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Some alternate ideas on alternative facts

When President Trump’s Counselor Kellyanne Conway told Chuck Todd that the White House press secretary had presented “alternative facts,” she probably didn’t suspect her formulation would fill headlines around the world (and apparently help sales of “1984”). Beyond guffawing at unfortunate formulations, however, interviewers should come better prepared to hit back at falsehoods with facts. Quote of […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Students get sued; cool tools; and a great GIF

A project conducted by students from the Cologne School of Journalism got into legal trouble for assigning truth rankings to the politicians they fact-checked. The right-wing AfD party pounced on methodological flaws to persuade a court to order the project organizers to retract or correct their work. The legal issues faced by “Faktenzoom” put into sharp focus […]

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