Tag: fact-checking

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 »

by Lily Leung

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Lily Leung 1. With the Olympics gone, so are many of broadcast TV’s prime-time viewers (Yahoo! News) 2. Is Twitter anything more than an online echo chamber? (Guardian) 3. New Hulu design focuses on visuals, navigation (Hollywood Reporter) 4. Introducing Settle It!, PolitiFact’s [...] more »

by Fabrice Florin

In June, Senator U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch made the statement that “87 million Americans will be forced out of their coverage” by President Obama’s health care plan. It was quite a claim. But was it true? That’s a common, and important, question — and it can often be hard to quickly nail down the real [...] more »