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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.