Fact-checking operations merely confirm liberal bias (Is that a fact?)

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Mark Hemingway criticizes the rise of fact-checking operations such as PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and similar efforts by the Associated Press: "Media fact-checking operations aren’t about checking facts so much as they are about a rearguard action to keep inconvenient truths out of the conversation. ... The fact checker is less often a referee than a fan with a rooting interest in the outcome." John McQuaid says Hemingway is essentially arguing for an "endless epistemological war" between liberals and conservatives. "The problem with fact-checking is not that it’s a liberal media plot," McQuaid writes. "The problem is that fact-checking – like everything – is sometimes a lazy, half-assed business. If fact-checking is as important as it claims, its practitioners need to acknowledge its problems and fix them." || Disclosure: The Poynter Institute owns the St. Petersburg Times, which runs PolitiFact.

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.


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