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Fact-Checking

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When it comes to fact-checking, why do politicians get all the attention?

Breathe easy: This article is not about the U.S. presidential election. Half of Americans think scientists are divided on the existence of the "Big Bang." (Cosmologists are virtually unanimous that happened.) Among those over 40, about four in 10 think Medicare will pay for their long-term elder care. (It won’t). A survey by research company Ipsos MORI … Read More
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Amid political turmoil, Brazilian fact-checking grows

RIO DE JANEIRO — As 10:30 p.m. approached on a Friday night in Rio, 17 fact-checkers streamed into a pink house in the southern neighborhood of Botafogo. On the second floor, they hovered around the evening TV newscast, waiting for the final poll on the upcoming mayoral election to be released. But the newscast ended without it. They shook their … Read More
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Fact-checking doesn't 'backfire,' new study suggests

In just over four months, at least 50 different journalists or politicians have declared this a "post-truth" era. The central premise of this argument: Voters have become so blinded by partisanship that they reject facts that contradict their own beliefs. To prove this, most analysts have pointed at polling or research that raise legitimate questions about the … Read More
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PolitiFact is getting ready to rate the promises of the new president

In a week's time, Americans will finally elect their 45th President. PolitiFact, however, isn't waiting for Election Day to start work on a new feature that will track the promises of Barack Obama's successor. The Obameter, PolitiFact's current "promise meter," will be retiring at the same time as its namesake. The new meter will build on the lessons … Read More
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Facebook's fake news problem won't fix itself

Evidence of Facebook's fake news problem is piling up: The "Trending" section keeps getting hoaxed. Hyperpartisan pages spew fake posts that go viral. And traditional media are picking up those fakes as true. The bigger problem, however, is that Facebook seems incapable of rooting out hoaxes even after acknowledging they are clearly fake news. On Aug. Read More
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Fact checks become weapons in North Carolina ad war

A new campaign ad for Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina escalates the use of fact-checking as a means of attack in the 2016 election — and in this case the truth takes a hit. Attack ads by candidates and their supporters often deploy media fact checks to provide cover for a number of claims in races across the … Read More
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Spanish-speaking fact-checkers join forces for the final U.S. presidential debate

MIAMI — The U.S. presidential campaign has been so full of spin that fact-checkers at Univision had to fly in reinforcements. On Tuesday afternoon, the Spanish-language network opened the doors of its Doral newsroom to 25 journalists from 11 countries throughout the Spanish-speaking world to figure out how to tackle the debate jointly. Tonight's fact-checking initiative has its roots in … Read More
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Report: Voters want journalists to fact-check Trump and Clinton

Just when you thought Republicans and Democrats couldn't agree on anything. An overwhelming majority of supporters for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree that journalists should call attention to inaccurate statements made by both candidates, according to a new report from Pew Research Center. According to a survey of 4,132 Americans conducted from Sept. 27 to Oct. 10, … Read More
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Tired of the second screen? This tool will live fact-check the debate for you

A student at Duke University has built a Chrome extension that will provide pop-up fact checks during the final presidential debate this Wednesday. The tool, developed by Gautam Hathi of Duke Reporters' Lab, will be powered by fact checks previously published by PolitiFact, a project of the Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times. The fact checks will be sent out manually by … Read More
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Google News now has a "Fact Check" tag

Google announced today that it will flag fact-checking articles in Google News. A search for news about Donald Trump, for example, yields the following results: The links tagged as "fact checks" are from websites that apply a corresponding label to their code, ClaimReview markup. Google will also flag fact-checking content from "sites that follow the commonly accepted … Read More
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The newest frontier for fact-checkers? Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a treasure trove of the information age, albeit one with a generous sprinkling of counterfeit loot. With more than 15 billion monthly pageviews from August 2015 to August 2016, Wikipedia is a titan of online information. Fact-checkers are starting to interact with the Wikimedia Foundation to address the accuracy of its entries — and have … Read More
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That town hall format was the biggest loser of last night's debate

With so many possible story angles to dedicate to the candidates themselves, it would be tempting to ignore the fatally flawed format of Sunday night's presidential debate. In these echo-chambered times, debates are one of the few moments left in American politics when tens of millions of voters tune in to the same stream of information. They aren't just watching … Read More
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V.P. debate moderator lays off fact-checking as candidates interrupt each other

The first presidential debate was preceded by lots of chatter about the fact-checking duties of the moderator. While NBC's Lester Holt occasionally pushed back during the first debate regarding inaccurate claims — and was accused of being an "ignorant fact-checker" by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani — vice presidential debate moderator Elaine Quijano completely avoided fact-checking … Read More
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How (and why) to turn a fact check into a GIF

Argentinian fact-checking website Chequeado is always looking for ways to broaden its audience. This summer, they decided to try GIFs. "We wanted to expand our readership from the circle who read us already," says Executive Director Laura Zommer. In August, spurred on by Editorial Innovation Director Pablo Martin Fernández, they started a collaboration with the website UNO to transform one fact check a week into … Read More
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NPR's real-time fact-checking drew millions of readers

As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were preparing to debate one another Monday night, NPR reporters and editors flexed their fingers and got to work. Over the next hour and a half, Clinton and Trump hurled accusations, policy positions and one-liners and at one another. More than once, Clinton asked viewers at home to consult with fact-checkers. Related: How … Read More
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