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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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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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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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Fact-checkers around the world agree on shared code of principles

Thirty-five organizations from 27 countries have signed a new code of principles that emphasizes the importance of transparency and a non-partisan approach. Signatories include Africa Check, Chequeado, El Objetivo on La Sexta, Factcheck.org, Full Fact, PolitiFact, Snopes and the Washington Post's Fact Checker. Around the world, the unholy trinity of partisan news outlets, social media echo chambers and fact-challenged … Read More
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The Washington Post, PolitiFact and Factcheck.org are using this widget to make facts more shareable

The presidential campaign in the United States has led to oodles of commentary about the importance and effects of fact-checking political figures. Angie Holan, the editor of PolitiFact, encapsulated the zeitgeist aptly in the headline of her recent article "Fact-checking 2016: This is gonna be messy." (PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times, which is … Read More
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Minnesota Public Radio shows how to put the public into fact checking

"Ben Wiener will be another vote against Medicare." Or so claimed a 2012 campaign flier targeting the Republican candidate in a close Minnesota legislative race. The claim was false, according to Minnesota Public Radio's PoliGraph. As the political fact checker noted, the state House would have no real say over federal efforts to fix a funding … Read More
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Academic research: 'Huge growth' in fact checking by the media

As some wring their hands about a decline in newsroom resources and quality, there’s a “huge growth” in fact checking in the coverage of politics, according to a new academic study. Several thousand papers were delivered at the Midwest Political Science Association conference, including, “Where and Why Do Journalists Fact-Check.” The paper contends that reporters now fact-check politicians … Read More
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The extreme ratings of fact-checkers around the world

This article was republished with permission by the Duke Reporters' Lab. Claire Ballentine is a student researcher at the Lab. A 2015 census of fact-checkers reveals the odd names they use for the most ridiculous falsehoods. FactCheckEU calls them “Insane Whoppers.” The Voice of San Diego uses “Huckster Propaganda.” Honolulu Civil Beat refers to them as “Screaming … Read More
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Yes, Virginia, it is OK for a writer to play with the form

As a boy, my favorite story genre was the cowboy movie.  As I got a little older, I left Hopalong Cassidy behind in favor of parodies of cowboy movies, the kind of thing Mad magazine produced or Mel Brooks perfected in Blazing Saddles. No doubt, good writers learn how to fulfill the requirements of a particular writing form, whether … Read More
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Creating new forms of journalism that put readers in charge

It’s been 20 years since the Internet began to disrupt journalism. It has turned our business upside down, but it’s also given us a new canvas to invent different ways of presenting information. It’s time to start reimagining the news story. Last week, four of us gathered in a windowless conference room in New York to explore what … Read More
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Researchers find politicians may fear fact-checkers

In the months before the 2012 election, state legislators in nine states received letters from two political scientists. “We are writing to let you know about an important research project,” the letters began. It wasn't just a letter letting them know about the project — the letters were a core piece of the research, as were the politicians themselves. Some of the letters informed legislators that PolitiFact had set up shop in their state, and that the researchers were conducting work related to “how elected officials in your state are responding to the presence of this fact-checking organization during this campaign season.” It also told them that, “Politicians who lie put their reputations and careers at risk, but only when those lies are exposed.” Read More
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