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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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