Fact-Checking

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Every Friday until the elections, the Washington Post will flood social media with fact checks

Commentators may be waxing lyrical about the "post-fact" era, but readers — at least at The Washington Post — don't seem to be buying it. Back in July, National Digital Editor Terri Rupar noticed traffic to the Republican National Convention liveblog "really spiked" when the Post announced on social networks that it would include analysis from in-house fact-checking duo … Read More
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Jokes come first in 'The Daily Show's' fact-checking segment

Step aside, Pinocchios and Pants on Fire. "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central has entered the fact-checking world with ratings such as "a puppy snorting cocaine" and "a John Travolta." "The Daily Show’s" "What the Actual Fact?" segments can sometimes seem as substantive as PolitiFact or The Washington Post's Fact-Checker. But they also contain the kind of silliness you expect … Read More
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The more partisan your online media diet, the less likely you are to believe fact-checkers

Reading lots of partisan news online makes you more likely to hold inaccurate beliefs even if you are aware of the prevailing evidence, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. The study was conducted ahead of the 2012 presidential election with support from the National Science Foundation. The researchers had a polling firm … Read More
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How are Latin American fact-checkers paying for their work? Grants, events, services and crowdfunding

External fact-checking is growing in general and in Latin America in particular, but paying for this work remains a key concern. Fact-checkers in the region, which span commercial media outlets and nonprofit organizations, have taken on different approaches to fundraising. Lupa, from Brazil, is among the former. Founded as a private company in February 2016, it is … Read More
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How reliable is your source? Start by asking these questions

Credible fact-checking is built on reliable sources. To evaluate a source's reliability, ask these questions about the organization behind the sources, data or reports: Who founded the organization? Why? What is that person’s background? Who funds the organization? Do the funders have a political or ideological mission? If there is a board of directors, who is on it? What organizations … Read More
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Do instant fact checks work? Here's how viewers reacted in real-time

Live, "this just in" fact-checking is on the rise, and my Duke colleague Bill Adair, the founder of PolitiFact, makes a strong argument for even more of it. But what do viewers, listeners and readers think when a daily journalist or TV host spot-checks a statement in a breaking news story or a live interview? Twitter provided a … Read More
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Report: Automated fact-checking is coming (and soon)

The British fact-checking organization Full Fact published on Wednesday a road map for automated fact-checking. The document argues that fully automated fact-checking is not a far-fetched fantasy but an attainable goal. We are months — and relatively small amounts of money — away from putting practical automated tools in fact-checkers' and journalists hands. This is not the horizon of … Read More
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It's time to fact-check all the news

Political reporters are showing that fact-checking isn’t just for fact-checkers. After Donald Trump declared repeatedly last week that President Obama and Hillary Clinton "founded ISIS," an Associated Press news story called the statement "patently false." The first paragraph of an article in The Guardian referred to it as "a false claim." On NBC News, a segment by … Read More
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Those fact-checking chyrons can't be just an anti-Trump gimmick

Real time, contextual fact checks have long been considered the non plus ultra by fact-checkers. Attach a warning to a falsehood immediately, the theory goes, and it will cause far less damage. Which is why CNN's unorthodox use of chyrons has piqued political fact-checkers' attention. In June, CNN used just five letters and two brackets to point out Donald Trump had been … Read More
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Fact-checking the Olympics

The Olympic Games are a first-level media spectacle as well as a sporting event, with more than 30,000 journalists descending on Rio for the occasion. The Olympics also attract their fair share of hyperbole and dubious claims, giving fact-checkers around the world their own chance to have a field day. No real science behind cupping The swimming champion Michael … Read More
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If Reported.ly folds, social media will lose an important gatekeeper

First Look Media has decided to discontinue funding of Reported.ly, a social media reporting and verification outfit. This has led the organization to announce it will suspend operations on Aug. 31. Besides Reported.ly's editor Andy Carvin, four more staffers are affected by this decision and will be leaving First Look Media at the end of the month. Launched in … Read More
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6 fact checks you should read on Clinton's DNC speech

Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention was "the best speech of her life" and "true to her." Or, if you're Donald Trump, it was delivered in a "very average scream." But how did fact-checkers rate it? Here are six fact checks from on last night's speech. 1. On Trump's speech: … Read More
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The 2016 international fact-checking fellows will study automation and fact-checking on TV

The 2016 recipients of the Poynter international fact-checking fellowship are Cristina Tardáguila, director of Brazilian fact-checking agency Lupa and Pablo Martín Fernández, director of editorial innovation of the Argentinian fact-checking website Chequeado. The fellowships were organized by Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network and launched this year with support from the Shuttleworth Foundation. They cover the fellows' costs as … Read More
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6 fact checks you should read on Trump's RNC acceptance speech

Donald Trump's candidacy has been invoked by many as exhibit No. 1 that we have now entered a "post-fact" era (but have we really?). This hasn't stopped fact-checkers from scrutinizing his acceptance speech Thursday night at the RNC. Here are six fact checks you can't miss: 1. On crime Trump said that "decades of progress made in … Read More
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No, we're not in a 'post-fact' era

Paul Krugman called it "The Post-Truth Campaign." Farhad Manjoo said we lived in a "post-fact society." Author David Sirota welcomed us to the "post-factual era." If you are following media coverage of the U.S. presidential campaign or the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, you can’t have missed headlines like these. This is apparently the year when facts, … Read More