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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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Rating Lester Holt on the Potted-Plant-O-Meter

In the sea of takes over who won the debate last night, it's almost hard to remember that one question dominated pre-debate commentary: will Lester Holt fact-check the candidates? "The moderator shouldn't sit there like a potted plant while a candidate says something that is obviously inaccurate," PolitiFact editor Angie Holan told Poynter a few days ago. At … Read More
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Poll: 60 percent of Americans want moderators to fact-check the debate

Nearly everyone has weighed in on whether moderators should fact-check the presidential debates: the media, the campaigns, the boss of the organizing commission. Now, so have the American voters. In a poll released today by Monmouth University, 60 percent of respondents said that the debate moderators should "fact check a candidate who states false information during the … Read More
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Here's how America's fact-checkers would moderate tonight's debate

Moderating a presidential debate is one of the hardest jobs in American journalism. A mere seven people have fulfilled that role over the course of 19 debates held between 1988 and 2012. The rest of us have no idea what it takes. Tens of millions of Americans tune in to watch the political equivalent of the Super Bowl. And, … Read More
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Debates chief makes unfortunate argument against fact-checking

The debate about fact-checking the debates reached a new low on Sunday morning. On CNN, "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter asked Janet Brown, the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, whether moderators should fact-check candidates. (Disclosure: I am in favor). The director of the #Debate commission is wary of moderator fact-checking -- … Read More
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Surprise! Readers may actually pay attention to fact-checking

This may come as an unpleasant surprise to all those "post-fact" headline writers: A new study indicates that people can learn what’s true and what’s false after reading fact checks of political claims. And, perhaps more surprisingly, they learn those facts even when they run counter to their political preferences. The working paper, published this week by veteran … Read More
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'Science Vs' and the art of using humor to bust myths

It all started with Gwyneth Paltrow. In January 2015, the Hollywood star made a dubious claim about the benefits of women steam-cleaning their private parts. On the other side of the planet, Australian science journalist Wendy Zukerman thought this was one of many fads that wouldn't stand up to a rigorous fact check. When Kaitlin Sawrey, then part of … Read More
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