County Fair’s Jamison Foser takes us through an example of “one way in which news organizations frequently drop the fact-checking ball…by repeating as fact something that they do not independently know to be true, but that has been reported elsewhere” (and, I’d add, without explicitly saying that this is what they’re doing) and then making things worse by slightly altering the original report “and a game of telephone ensues.”

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.