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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.

Funding Nonprofit Journalism? Be Transparent And Do No Harm

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.12.2016 | Media
Craig Newmark

The American Press Institute, who support a vibrant and democratic free press, recently released some really good work on the ethics of funding of nonprofit journalism, with specific recommendations to come.

Mr. Trump, What the Are You Talking About?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.20.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Billionaire real-estate mogul Donald Trump is the best entertainer that the American political system has to offer. Even before he decided to run for...

Why the Most Ethical and Trustworthy Journalism Was by Fictional Newsman Jon Stewart

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.07.2016 | Media
Craig Newmark

Last night was Jon Stewart's last night on the Daily Show. It's gotten me thinking about how he's so much more than an entertainer, and what he's done as the most trusted newsman in America...

Desperately Seeking Trustworthy News

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.04.2016 | Media
Craig Newmark

Maybe I'm desperate for trustworthy news and progress in that direction, but possibly good news surfaced recently that I missed on first reading. Firs...

Jason Linkins

Important Fact-Check: 108,000,000,000 ÷ 12,000,000 = 9,000 | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

The Washington Post's resident fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, has a pretty important corrective to mete out to an unsuspecting congressman today. Specif...

Toward Trustworthy News: 'Lies, Damn Lies, and Viral Content'

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.13.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

My perspective, as usual, is that I'm a news consumer, never told anyone how to fix the news, I just want news I can trust.

How to Restore Trust in News

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.25.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

It's hard to trust the news overall when many major stories are ignored by news outlets. It's hard to trust the news when the press does so little fact-checking.

New Poynter Book Re: Journalism Ethics

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Craig Newmark

I really just want news I can trust. Turns out that what we have now are a lot of ethics codes and policies, but very little accountability.

Jason Linkins

It's Not Wrong For The Media To Explain Obamacare | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

TPM's Tom Kludt highlights a very strange exchange Wednesday between former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and MSNBC's Chuck Todd: During a segment o...

craigconnects Celebrates a Second Anniversary

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

It's craigconnects' second anniversary already, and we've worked with some real good people in the last year to get stuff done.

Jason Linkins

Romney Campaign Seeks Correction From Fact-Checker, Fact-Checker Says, 'No.' | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics

Here's a weird little story in the world of the Fact-checking Industry that doubles as a 2012 election year coda. Former Romney campaign strategist St...

Jason Linkins

Fact-checkers Sputter And Flop Attempting To Explain How Social Security Works | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

A gaggle of fact-checkers recently attempted to bring clarity to the question of whether Social Security adds to the deficit. Much as they did during ...

Jason Linkins

Romney Keeps Changing The Rules On What's Allowed In Campaign Ads | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's made it pretty clear that he intends to keep making hay over the trumped-up claim that the Obama administration is tacitly weakening wel...

Jason Linkins

Mitt Romney Searches For A Hit, Scores On An Error: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For June 29, 2012 | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics

As we've said before, the first set of tasks in a political campaign are simply summarized: Define yourself, define your opponent, define the stakes o...

Doing Something About Truthiness in Politics and News

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.20.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

There are plenty of good fact-checking efforts in progress. However, we need to address what Jon Stewart calls the "CNN leaves it there" problem, where a reporter sees that a public figure is lying, but doesn't fact-check him, saying that they have to "leave it there."

Infographic: What News Sources Do People Trust?

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.24.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

Likely voters are looking for news they can trust, but are torn about where they can find it. I'm not in the news business and I won't tell anybody how to do their job, but I am a news consumer and I'd like to know I can trust the news I'm getting.

Is This a Real Big Step Toward Holding Politicians Accountable?

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.22.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

(Folks, I rarely quote press releases like this, but the folks at, sister site of, might have something brilliant here....

Jason Linkins

PolitiFact Successfully Trolls Media With Rubio Ruling | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.15.2012 | Media

In recent months, I've had the occasion to throw shade on PolitiFact for some of its odder determinations, most notably the decision to call a totally...

Jason Linkins

Politifact Backtracks After State Of The Union Fact Check Wreck | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics

In the continuing annals of Politifact oddness, it seems that during the initial truth-squadding of last night's State Of The Union address, the fact-...

An Observation Regarding Fact-checking and Journalism From an Outsider

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.14.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

Okay, I'm not in the news business, and I'm not going to tell anyone how to do their job. However, it'd be good to have news reporting that I could trust again, and there's evidence that fact-checking is an idea whose time has come.

Restoring Fact-checking

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.28.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

Recently, Jeff Jarvis held an event on restoring fact-checking to the news business. Here's my very brief attempt at getting my head around what happened and what's happening with big deal fact-checking.

iWatchNews, trustworthy journalism from Center for Public Integrity

Craig Newmark | Posted 06.12.2011 | Media
Craig Newmark

Folks, you might remember I really support the Center for Public Integrity, one of the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan investigativ...

Wikipedia "pending changes", a new quality improvement

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Newmark

Sometimes people modify Wikipedia "biographies of living persons" with rumors or even malicious disinformation. The folks there have been looking hard...

A few days at the Aspen Ideas Festival

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Okay, I haven't recovered yet from the Aspen Ideas Festival, too many interesting people and genuinely valuable panel sessions. I tried to do my part;...