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The Week in Fact-Checking: The latest political faux-check

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? In a sign of the growing appeal of the term “fact-checking,” Czech prime ministerial candidate Andrej Babiš launched a website aping an existing fact-checking outfit’s name. Unsurprisingly, its “fact checks” cast Babiš in a positive light. But will it make a difference? Quote of the week “Historians and […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: How to beat bad Twitter

Think you know how to tell a real tweeter from a fake one? Test yourself with  10 tips compiled by digital sleuther Henk van Ess for Poynter. Quote of the week “Most people, most of the time, don’t use social media for politics. But in the days before a major election or referendum social media platforms provide […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Who’s more worried about fake news, Facebook’s tough week, and dealing with ‘disinfobros’

Quote of the week “If you can generate attention you get paid. If you yell fire in a theater, you still get paid. Attention gets rewarded and not quality of information.”   —  Twitter founder Ev Williams on social media platform advertisers’ desire for attention. Treading on the partisan divide Eighty-eight percent of Donald Trump supporters told […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: German elections, fake news for Halloween, and everyone out of the Twitter pool

German voters go to the voting booth on Sunday and “fake news” has been less of a concern. A propaganda expert tells Correctiv that bots were dormant during the campaign. Still, Motherboard found plenty of misinformation spread from both Russian and American media outlets. The Alliance for Securing Democracy created a dashboard to track the Russian efforts. Either way, the regional […]

Twitter, we just can’t quit you

For journalists and other non-trolls, navigating Twitter can be like walking in flip-flops through a well-used dog park. Even if you don’t step in anything, it’s a tricky and odious journey that leaves you slightly nauseous. And exhausted. So we really don’t need to wonder why journalists on Twitter, like New York Times reporter Glenn […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Don’t give up on the fact-resistant

Americans’ infatuation with misinformation — as depicted in this widely viewed Vox video — could make a fact-checker despair. But there are ways to potentially reach the fact-resistant, and we’d like to see fact-checkers give them a try. Quote of the week “it is also tempting to dismiss the impact that actual fake news has on those who […]

Don’t give up on the fact-resistant: Tips to break the grip of misinformation

“Why do Trump’s supporters continue to believe misinformation, even in the face of fact-checking?” That’s the question posed by Carlos Maza via this Vox video last week. In seven minutes, he constructs a dismal American persona that is obstinate, politically tribal, and so certain they’re right even when they’re so stunningly wrong. These people are […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Fake news is old news

Two stories this week remind us that the history can be a great teacher and that “modern” burdens actually were borne by generations before us. Adrian Chen writes for the New Yorker about early radio and its role in “information anarchy.” And Merrill Fabry of Time magazine explains how fact-checkers were able to do their jobs well before the Internet was […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: PolitiFact looks back

PolitiFact’s championing of structure and ratings has informed the work of dozens of organizations around the world. As the website turns 10 this week, here’s a look at the global trend it helped inspire. Quote of the week “Democracy, like a muscle, needs to be worked out. …It means that news organizations must redouble their efforts […]

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