Tag: fact-checking

by Henk van Ess

Did Pope Francis play a major role in Argentina’s Dirty War? Reporters claim they can substantiate this allegation. They published photos of dictator Jorge Videla with a cardinal, allegedly Jorge Bergoglio, the recently elected Pope Francis. But something was wrong with these findings. Great find, Brad: pope’s connivance with dictatorship RT <a href="https://twitter.com/delong">delong</a> Hugh O'Shaughnessy: […] more »

by Michael Cervieri

The Washington Post is creating an algorithm to augment its fact checking of political speeches. How might it work? And do we want it to? During the Republican primaries in 2011, Steven Ginsberg, national political editor for the Washington Post, was covering a Michele Bachmann speech in Iowa. It was a small affair, not much […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. New York Times attacked by hackers for sources (memeburn) 2. Guardian CEO: “Responsive-designed sites are now table stakes for publishers” (Nieman) 3. Washington Post’s Truth Teller and the future of robots doing journalism (PandoDaily) 4. Following the Scientology debacle, The Atlantic will become more transparent about sponsored content (AdWeek) 5. Why Matt Lewis Hates […] more »

by Jenny Xie

Much of the buzz in 2012 was defined by media coverage of big events, some much anticipated, some unexpected. As we drew closer to the 2012 presidential elections, news organizations engaged audiences with an unprecedented focus on social media, interactives, and Nate Silver’s math. When the London Olympics finally rolled around, NBC was swept over […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Welcome to the 62nd episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. This week is a special edition of the podcast, with a focus on the coming election and the role of digital and social media leading up to it. But just as the political campaigns had to adjust to […] more »

by Mark Hannah

With just minutes to go before last night’s second presidential debate, the folks over at PolitiFact.com sent out the following tweet: If you hear something during the #debate that you’d like us to fact-check, tweet it with #PolitiFactThis — PolitiFact (@politifact) October 17, 2012 Three hours later, after the dust had settled in the Hofstra […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Welcome to the 58th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. This week, we take a look at the changes in coverage of the presidential debate, with live-streaming online, instant fact-checks and added context, and even “live-GIF’ing.” Tumblr’s Christoper Price and the Sunlight Foundation’s Bill Allison talk about the […] more »

by Lily Leung

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Lily Leung.1. Fact-checking will play key role in tonight’s debate (Poynter) 2. Pearson to sell the Financial Times (Guardian) 3. “When it comes to jobs, internet-media businesses are the new mainstream media.” (Ad Age) 4. News editors tapped for NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com (TVNewser) 5. Talking […] more »

by Kathy E. Gill

A month ago, before the Republican and Democratic national conventions, the average TV viewer in Cleveland was seeing about 87 presidential campaign ads each week. And in Orlando, Fla.? About 70. According to Joseph Mercurio, who manages political ad buys, those numbers are “unprecedented.” He told the AP that a competitive statewide race with “heavy” […] more »

by Ari Melber

Click to read our whole series We are all fact-checkers now. For years, Americans’ political press has been stuck in a fact-free model of neutrality, often covering even the most obvious lies as “one side” of a dispute. From Swift Boats and global warming to Iraq’s nonexistent WMDs, this coverage shrouds even rudimentary empirical claims […] more »