Fact-Checking Research Database

We collect (and briefly explain) major studies on fact-checking, fake news and misinformation

Our Summary

‘Fact Check This’: How U.S. politics adapts to media scrutiny

This report goes deep into the main ways American politicians have reacted to (or ignored) major fact-checkers' work, concentrating on the period 2010-2014. The author finds that U.S. politicians use fact checks to validate their arguments or undermine their opponents. Politicians also stand their ground or attack the fact-checkers directly to reduce their credibility. With examples from across the political spectrum, the study offers a relatively rare focus on the effect of fact checks on its subjects rather than on readers.

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