In Defense of Factchecking

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By: Lucas Graves | Columbia Journalism Review

When it comes to factchecking, sooner or later, everyone’s a critic. And those criticisms come mainly in two flavors. One line of attack holds that the factcheckers at PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, and their sister sites are slaves to semantics, issuing narrow technical rulings that ignore some more fundamental truth. After all, politicians know how to deceive us with carefully worded cant. Stamping “True” on that rhetoric is like giving them a license to lie.

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