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Fact Checking

5 Things You Need to Know About Illinois New Eavesdropping Law

Dan Johnson | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.21.2014 | Media
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.

LIESTRONG

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.

Beware the Confidence Man

Christopher Holshek | Posted 12.11.2012 | Media
Christopher Holshek

In a fun way, we can teach ourselves and our kids to become better political consumers than we have been, because our world now demands it and we can no longer afford our ignorance.

The Next President: The Best Liar?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

TIME magazine has an interesting set of articles this week asking which of the presidential candidates, if any, "is telling the truth." First off, what a sad commentary on the state of our politics -- of our country -- that such a question even needs to be asked. But wait: It gets "better."

The Real Romney

Peter Clothier | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Peter Clothier

The pundits were telling us, before last night's Great Debate that such occasions reveal the real man. In Romney's case, that proved disastrously true. And the real Romney turned out to be a steroid version of the same man we have been watching all along

The Culture of Deceit

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.26.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Politicians do it. Journalists do it. Even Harvard students do it. Dissembling, stonewalling and outright lies all pass for political discourse these days. The culture of deceit appears to be not only pervasive, but quite acceptable as a way of doing business.

It's Arithmetic: The Romney Campaign Adds Up to Lies and Insults

Sophia A. McClennen | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Sophia A. McClennen

To trope on Bill Clinton, "It's Arithmetic." Colbert and Stewart have shown us that the Romney campaign adds up to lies and insults. Now it's our turn to do the math and decide what this campaign really adds up to.

We Like the Fact Checkers, and So Should You!

Jane Carlin and Barb Macke | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

Without the solid ground of known and undisputed truth, how will our students know which facts are real and which are manipulated to fit the emotion of the moment?

Fact-Checkers Are Mad as Hell and They're Not Taking It Anymore...

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.10.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

The Paul Ryan speech has now triggered a spasm of fact-checking. Maybe what's changed is that surviving serious professional news people are "as mad as hell and not taking it anymore."

When Facts Deceive

David Westin | Posted 11.06.2012 | Media
David Westin

Considering that facts are always true, it's surprising how often they can deceive us. That's why all the fighting between the presidential campaigns over the facts and whether they're being manipulated to mislead is much, much more than just petty politics. Thankfully, at least for the moment, we've come light-years from being trapped in a fiction that "fair and balanced" is the best way to cover all the serious issues of the day. Sometimes there is a right answer, and we need people in the media to have the courage to call some balls and strikes as our leaders and those around them are throwing fastballs and curves at us.

The FactCheck Election

Dave Helfert | Posted 11.04.2012 | Media
Dave Helfert

How did politicians completely lose their fear of getting caught? When did they lose their shame? When did it become acceptable political behavior to twist reality or just make things up?