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A laurel to The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta

For calling on reporters to repeat the truth as often as needed, and showing how to do it

This week’s laurel goes to Garance Franke-Ruta of The Atlantic, whose astute web piece “What to Do With Political... More

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A laurel to FlackCheck.org

For its new guide to video factchecking on air and online

The recent journalistic debate about factchecking has prompted some compelling discussion about different strategies, different methods, and what works... More

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Audit Notes: Journal Register, Clinton and ‘can’t find workers,’ AP flop

The bankrupt company’s owner isn’t doing well itself

Read Martin Langeveld's super-sharp take for the Nieman Lab on what the Journal Register bankruptcy means and what might be... More

Fact Checking the Fact Checkers

PolitiFact is half right on two State of the Union truth-o-meters

Commenter James asked me to take a look at a couple of verdicts from PolitiFact on the State of the... More

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Fact-checking at The New Yorker

An excerpt from The Art of Making Magazines

Last month, Columbia Journalism Review Books and Columbia University Press released The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor... More

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Fact-checking at The New Yorker

An excerpt from The Art of Making Magazines

Last month, Columbia Journalism Review Books and Columbia University Press released The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor... More

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Fast-tracking the truth in IPAB coverage

How to cover a key ACA provision without making misinformation worse

One of the most underrated political stories of the next year is the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (also... More

Ira Glass’s Casablanca Moment with Mike Daisey

A classy confession doesn’t negate the crime

Over the weekend, as just about anyone with electricity knows by now, the public radio program This American Life fell... More

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Laurels to the Las Vegas Sun and News & Record

For a strong ad factcheck, and for grappling with campaigns’ message control

Jay Jones has already heaped praise this week upon the Las Vegas Sun’s Anjeanette Damon, but we’ll go ahead... More

Letters Man

Why the letters-to-the-editor section shouldn’t become a forum for flacks

In May 2011, the alt-weekly New Haven Advocate, which I edit, ran a story about the rising cost of rent... More

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Medicare ‘bankruptcy’: CNN gets it right

The network fact-checks a frequent talking point, and does it well

Hooray for CNN.com, for fact checking the often-heard claim of Medicare’s “impending” bankruptcy. CNN’s contribution sets a high bar, and... More

Nine Lives of a Disputed Fact

A Politico op-ed fails the fact-checking test

The other day, Politico published an opinion piece arguing that Americans should be “extremely anxious about the outcome” of the... More

Schmidle in Secret

New Yorker keeps mum on fact-checking process for bin Laden piece

Amid the discussion and debate about the sourcing and accuracy of Nicholas Schmidle’s lengthy retelling of the Bin Laden raid... More

The AP Falls For a Bogus Press Release

No excuse for that silly mistake but points for cleaning up the mess

Henry Blodget wants to know if we're going to blast the Associated Press for falling for a hoax press release... More

The Big Lie of the Crisis, Called Out By the Press

The false “banks didn’t do it” meme takes hold on the right, as Romney showed last night

At CNBC's GOP debate last night, Mitt Romney showed that he, like Michael Bloomberg, buys into the Big Lie of... More

The Bloodying of PolitiFact

What is Medicare, anyway?

Now it’s my turn to weigh in on the “Lie of the Year,” the gimmick PolitiFact uses to highlight the... More

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The debate: Some healthcare ‘facts’ that
shouldn’t stand

Reporters did good fact checking, but also left falsehoods on the table

There was no shortage of media fact checking after last week’s presidential debate, much of it focused on healthcare, much... More

The Facts of the Mike Daisey Matter

And why they matter

It’s been a tough winter for facts, and for those of us who wrangle them for a living. On Friday,... More

The Truth about Public Untruths

Are journalists and others equipped to beat back the lies?

What’s to be done with lying liars and the lies they tell journalists and the public? This is a topic... More

Will Fact-Checking Go the Way of Blogs?

Lucas Graves has by far the best and most sophisticated response to NYT ombudsman Arthur Brisbane’s silly question about “truth... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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