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Fact Checking

Fact-Checking The Second Democratic Debate | Marina Fang | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on Summary The three Democratic presidential candidates faced off on a Saturday night, and ma...

5 New GOP Debate Rules

Warren Holstein | Posted 11.03.2015 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Politics is not about reality, it's about perception, and when you bring something as meaningless as the truth into it, you desecrate all the hard work that's gone into creating a narrative of an elaborate alternate reality.

ClearerThinking's Fact-Checking 2.0

Stefan Schubert | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Stefan Schubert

Research shows that fact-checking actually does make a difference. At the same time, the fact that falsehoods and misrepresentations of the truth are still so common shows that this deterrence effect is not particularly strong.

ICYMI: Disappearing Amazon Tribes And Why Kids Hate School Lunch

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we were taken with a radio interview featuring Dr. James O'Connell, who spent his ...

Jason Linkins

PolitiFact Goes 1-For-2 In Evaluation Of Obama's Mass Shootings Statement | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

"At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," said P...

GOP Senator's Laughably Inaccurate Attempt To Support His Point With Citations

Liam Miller | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Liam Miller

This whole "fact-checking" thing is kind of new for a lot of folks on the right. Kudos for the attempt, in my book.

New Hope for Trustworthy News

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.12.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

Yes, this isn't easy, since a fake news outlet could claim to be trustworthy. We need some trusted network to test challenges to trustworthiness, maybe inspired by Wikipedia.

Should Editors Bother With Fact Checking? Or, Newsweek Publishes Hatchet-Job Attack on #Wind Power.

A. Siegel | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
A. Siegel

Newsweek's editors have done a disservice to their readers with the publication of Randy Simmons' broadside attack on wind power. Simmons argues, in short, that government subsidy of wind power (such as the production tax credit, or PTC) is counterproductive and too costly.

Lent: Living God's Grace

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

We live in an age where people fact check everything we say and do. If we exaggerate or embellish, people are quick to point it out and we are summarily kicked to the curb.

5 Things You Need to Know About Illinois New Eavesdropping Law

Dan Johnson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Dan Johnson

There has been a flurry of information about SB 1342, a pending rewrite of Illinois eavesdropping statutes. Some say it will punish ordinary citizens who record the police. Here's what you need to know about SB 1342 as it awaits the governor's signature.

John McCain Gets Hammered By Fact-Checker

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Media

John McCain has spent much of the past week denying that he changed his position about exchanging Taliban prisoners for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl...

Jason Linkins

Anyone Who Fact Checks This Obamacare Attack Ad Hates Cancer Patients, Apparently | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

Big news from the war on fact checking today, folks. About a week ago, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) launched an attack ad against Rep. Gary Peters (...

The Challange and Dilemma: Fact Checking in Journalism and Research

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.21.2014 | Media
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

A well-written and thought-provoking article can be totally discredited by neglectful fact checking. When a reader comes across an article on a subjec...

Truth Teller Fact Checks Political Lies

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 04.12.2014 | Media
Vanessa Van Edwards

As you watch a video on Truth Teller a rolling transcript plays next to the video highlighting sentences as they are said. When Truth Teller spots a false claim it highlights the quote and displays a link to the fact-check article.

The 'Father of the Prostitute' Incident Should Spark a Journalism Debate on Fact-checking 'Ethnic Names'

Natasha Tynes | Posted 02.18.2014 | Media
Natasha Tynes

Journalism is very much in flux these days and there is a always a room to revisit its standards. You have to give it to "Abu Sharmouta" for exposing this fact-checking hole.

Just 'Cause It's a Proven Fact Doesn't Mean They'll Believe It

Vicki Cobb | Posted 02.15.2014 | Science
Vicki Cobb

Before science was established as an authority, people still had a hard time accepting evidence that was counter to what they already knew (believed) to be true, even if the proof was right before their eyes.

Friday Talking Points -- Harry Reid's Explosive Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In fact, it was even a big week just for political anniversaries. Fifty years ago this week, an event of no little importance happened. I speak, of course, tomorrow's 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who by the BBC.

Trustworthy Journalism in a Fact-checking-free World

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.24.2013 | Media
Craig Newmark

Our social contract with the news business is that they hold the powerful to account. In return, we buy the products of news outlets, and give news professionals certain protections, like the U.S. First Amendment and shield laws.

The Immediate and Unmitigated Flow of Journalism

Lisa Chau | Posted 06.24.2013 | Media
Lisa Chau

In a crisis, how do we keep individuals from publicly sharing sensitive information which can endanger lives within minutes? Verification of facts is of utmost importance, but is it immediately possible given the scope and instantaneous nature of the internet?

Wall Street Journal: Get a Fact Checker

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 03.15.2013 | Green
Jeffrey Sachs

The Wall Street Journal editorial board needs a fact checker plain and simple. It's a major paper, with excellent news coverage, and should not destroy its integrity by an editorial board that flouts the basic process of checking the facts.

How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign

Dan Froomkin | Posted 02.06.2013 | Media
Dan Froomkin

Fearful of appearing biased, the elite political press failed to call sufficient attention to the Republican Party's radical agenda and disdain for facts. The result is that in the name of balance, the press actually put its thumb on the scale, and prevented a true reckoning.


Jamie Lee Curtis | Posted 12.23.2012 | Celebrity
Jamie Lee Curtis

Haven't seen one of those yellow bracelets yet. I'm sure they're coming. We should all wear both of them as we are all both of them, for to LIVE is to LIE.

Prioritizing Truth in Presidential Debates

Becky Hayes | Posted 12.22.2012 | College
Becky Hayes

Instead of worrying about the economy, health care and other life-changing issues, the American people are trying to decipher between facts and lies.

Stop the Debates

Mike Edwards | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Mike Edwards

Right now, the debates are forums in which the worst impulses of the candidates, pundits, and voters all come together to encourage us to do the wrong thing for the wrong reason. So let's remove the distraction.

The Internet as Political Lie Detector

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.12.2012 | Technology
Timothy Karr

In a year of misleading political attack ads and distracted television newscasters, the Internet may offer salvation for voters seeking the truth. A new Google poll found that 64 percent of battleground-state voters have used the Internet to fact-check the candidates in 2012.