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March 30, 2012


I added a comment to Brendan's CJR article, but I'll repeat it here.

Let's not ignore the issue that much of what purports to be fact checking is not. Reporters use the cloak of fact checking to register their disagreement with statements that are factual but that the reporters believe fail to address a more significant issue or fail to cite facts that are more congenial to the reporters' political or policy preferences.

When the currency of fact checking is debased, that undermines the value of not only the counterfeit fact checks but also the legitimate ones. We need more commentators to call out the fact checkers who stray from the path. Name them and shame them!

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