Fact-Checking Research Database

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

Research Study

Heroes or hacks: The partisan divide over fact-checking

Rebecca Iannucci and Bill Adair
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Right-leaning sites are far more likely to attack fact-checkers than liberal ones

This report found that, during the 2016 presidential election, popular conservative websites were far more likely to criticize fact-checking organizations than their liberal counterparts. Based on an analysis of 10 U.S. partisan publications, the Duke Reporters' Lab logged 792 statements mentioning fact-checkers and categorized them as positive, negative or neutral. While a majority of citations (68 percent) were neutral, there was a dramatic divide in the source of negative comments. All told, critics lobbed 71 accusations of bias against fact-checkers — conservative websites were responsible for 97 percent of them.


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