Bill Adair says in an interview with Brendan Nyhan for Columbia Journalism Review
that while he is leaving newspapers for academia
, the lessons he learned from founding PolitiFact are worth sharing with all of journalism. Fact-checking, he said, is needed more than ever.
"The challenge is that news organizations are so strapped that they are looking for things to cut, not things to add such as factchecking," he said. "I’m hopeful they’ll realize that factchecking is a good investment — and one that readers love."
Verifying statements validates the role of journalists as guardians against misinformation, Adair said, a job that seems to have fallen by the wayside.