[Educator-Gold] FACK CHECKING AND FACT CHECKERS: Do Fact Checks Matter?

 

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FACK CHECKING AND FACT CHECKERS:

Do Fact Checks Matter?

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Do Fact Checks Matter?

September 27, 201612:42 PM ET

Danielle Kurtzlebe

NPR

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/27/495233627/do-fact-checks-matter

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton said some things that were flat out untrue  or misleading  in the first presidential debate Monday night. (Check out NPR’s comprehensive fact check here.)

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/26/495115346/fact-check-first-presidential-debate

OR

http://tinyurl.com/j5tlslg

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It wasn’t clear going in whether the moderator, Lester Holt of NBC, would do any fact-checking of the candidates during the debate. He did. (Before the debate, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, one of this year’s moderators, as well as past moderators like Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer, all in one form or another rejected the idea of umpiring the candidates’ statements in real time.)

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton said some things that were flat out untrue  or misleading  in the first presidential debate Monday night. (Check out NPR’s comprehensive fact check here.)

It wasn’t clear going in whether the moderator, Lester Holt of NBC, would do any fact-checking of the candidates during the debate. He did. (Before the debate, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, one of this year’s moderators, as well as past moderators like Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer, all in one form or another rejected the idea of umpiring the candidates’ statements in real time.)

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In this election, with conspiracy theories and mistruths flying, though, fact-checking has taken center stage. It has been more than just a sub-genre of journalism, but has been prominent in what would otherwise be straight-news stories  and even right on the small banner right at the bottom of your TV screen on cable news.

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There’s a tremendous appetite for fact-checking. NPR fans want it, as evidenced by this survey and the number of people who read our fact checks. And the format has grown at an astounding rate. There were 29 fact-checking brands in the United States in 2015, by one estimate, and 24 of them had been created after 2010.

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And yet despite all that truth-squadding, lies live on, (un)healthy as ever. Politicians keep spouting falsehoods, and Americans keep believing them.

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So has fact-checking failed? Has American politics at last reached its final destination  a desolate, dusty, God-forsaken, Cormac-McCarthian, “post-fact” landscape? We dug into the research, and we have an answer:

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No.

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However, it also isn’t nearly as effective as many fact-checkers/fact-check aficionados would like it to be. Research on fact checks shows that many people don’t expose themselves to them, and even those who do don’t always come away believing in new information.

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So here’s what we know about what works, as well as what keeps people believing falsehoods that have been truth-squadded into the ground.

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Topics Covered in This Article

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What works

The hurdles in fact-checking’s way

Trust In Media Has Slipped, Particularly For Republicans And Independents

Further reading

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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Sincerely,
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