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Fact Checking

How to Be Your Own Fact Checker

Vicki Cobb | Posted 01.31.2017 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

Yesterday I made an embarrassing mistake. I received an email from a trusted colleague that was a chain letter from one of her trusted colleagues. I...

The Worst Problem In American Politics?

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 11.28.2016 | Politics
Gleb Tsipursky

Politicians skilled in the psychology of persuasion can take advantage of our thinking errors to manipulate us. Unless we are paying attention, we are highly likely to be influenced by their appeals to these flawed patterns of feeling and thinking, and make biased political decisions.

Protests, Rallies And Mayhem. What Do We Do Now?

Tim Rymel | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics
Tim Rymel

It's important our voices are heard, but more important that we're making an actual difference in people's lives, while working toward the unity, inclusiveness and education we want for our country. It's time to get to work.

Strive for 65 Part 2

Lauren Harris | Posted 10.24.2016 | Politics
Lauren Harris

With members of a major party disowning their Presidential candidate, it is tempting to forgo a trip to the polls this November. After all, this Pres...

Fact-Checking Clinton And Trump Is Not Enough

The Conversation US | Posted 10.22.2016 | Media
The Conversation US

How candidates say things matters just as much as whether they stuck to the facts.

Fact Checking Should be a Debate Requirement

Constantine Tzanos | Posted 10.10.2016 | World
Constantine Tzanos

The formation of informed public opinion requires a scrutinized public discourse. In political debates, fact checking by the moderator, assisted in one way or another by a panel of fact checkers, is the closest approximation to such a discourse and should be an integral part of the debates.

Fact Checking

Jonathan Haber | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Now logic is a more difficult thing to analyze than factual truth or falsehood, and those consuming such analysis require a certain facility with logic and argumentation in order to follow along. But what a wonderful thing it would be if there was an audience large enough to support just one web site offering such a service.

Does Fact-Checking Work? Sort Of

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics

Politicians still lie despite fact-checking. Not all post-debate polls are worthy of attention. And Americans are divided on athletes protesting the n...

Moral Outrage Over Clinton Is About Gender, Not Deceit

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 09.28.2016 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Today is post-debate Fact-Checking Day, which follows a recent media focus on the fact that Donald Trump is a shameless and inveterate liar. Within th...

Where Was Lester Holt And Other Things I Thought During The First Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, the first presidential debate is a done deal, and as always I like to quickly type out my own personal reactions before reading everyone else's, to give you an opinion uninfluenced by the herd mentality of the rest of the media.

Donald Trump's A Liar, And Barbra Streisand's Not About It

Barbra Streisand | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics
Barbra Streisand

When a politician ends almost every sentence with "believe me"... don't! He's probably lying. The majority of the time that Trump speaks, he is not telling the truth.

Debate Moderators Need to Take a Lesson from Matt Lauer

Jesse Andreozzi | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Jesse Andreozzi

With the presidential debate just a couple of weeks away, Lauer's performance serves as a teachable moment for the moderators as they prepare for the mammoth event. First, though, let's examine why Lauer was so roundly criticized.

How To Prevent Candidates From Lying At Presidential Debates

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Paul Abrams

What if a team of professional fact-checkers were employed to check each candidate's assertions during the half-hour, finishing during the break, after which the moderator is supplied with the results?

Trump Surrogate Dismisses Fact-Checking As 'Elitist' And 'Out Of Touch'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 06.27.2016 | Media

We're not making this up. But even if we were, apparently CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord wouldn't have a problem with it. In a baffling segment Saturday...

Syrian Fact-Checkers Bust Myths And False News About The War

Syria Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 06.03.2016 | World

With hundreds of news sources and social media feeds about Syria – some of which publish rumor, hearsay or even fake stories – we speak with Dirar...

Conflict, Ethics and Arab Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.30.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab media aren't facing up to their responsibility of not fanning the flames of hate speech and sedition, and should exert more effort to mitigate conflicts they help provoke.

Truth-Testing Ted Cruz's Latest Net Neutrality Gibberish

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.22.2017 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Ted Cruz's position on net neutrality is so full of whoppers that it has to be taken apart, sentence by sentence, to fully demonstrate the depth of his dishonesty.

Fact-Checking The State Of The Union Speech | Igor Bobic | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

Summary President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address came up short of the facts on several topics: He embellished his record on jobs, c...

Pants on Fire?: Fact-Checking Mehdi Hasan's Head-to-Head with Ram Madhav

Parth Parihar | Posted 01.01.2017 | World
Parth Parihar

Have you seen Mehdi Hasan's Head-to-Head with Ram Madhav? As expected, the hard-hitting interview generated heated debate on the true nature of India...

Fact-Checking The Third Democratic Debate | Marina Fang | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on The Democratic candidates met for the third time, and stretched the facts again: Former S...

Fact-Checking The Second Democratic Debate | Marina Fang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

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

5 New GOP Debate Rules

Warren Holstein | Posted 11.03.2016 | 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 10.21.2016 | 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 30-ye...

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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...