The Weekly Standard |
Mark Hemingway criticizes the rise of fact-checking operations such as PolitiFact, and similar efforts by the Associated Press: "Media fact-checking operations aren’t about checking facts so much as they are about a rearguard action to keep inconvenient truths out of the conversation. ... The fact checker is less often a referee than a fan with a rooting interest in the outcome." John McQuaid says Hemingway is essentially arguing for an "endless epistemological war" between liberals and conservatives. "The problem with fact-checking is not that it’s a liberal media plot," McQuaid writes. "The problem is that fact-checking – like everything – is sometimes a lazy, half-assed business. If fact-checking is as important as it claims, its practitioners need to acknowledge its problems and fix them." || Disclosure: The Poynter Institute owns the St. Petersburg Times, which runs PolitiFact.