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Fact-checking and ‘fake news’ land on the same page

Like millions of viewers, I tune in nightly to watch The Daily Show. Its edited segments let ‘authorities’ state the facts–as believed. Yes, the show provides a humorous bias on current events, but it rarely needs to regret an error in fact. Thank you, research team!

Old Farmer's Almanac

Fact-checking takes nothing for granted. Some questions researchers ask are:

  • Is the issue covered in all aspects?
  • Is the report current?
  • Is it sponsored?
  • Is the authority an author? An actor?
  • Who has editorial control?

In the age of digital media, I wonder whether it’s more important to not get sued than to get it right.

By Pam Drucker

Documentation specialist, procedures writer

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