Fact-checking may be important, but it won’t help Americans learn to disagree better


Entering the new year, Americans are as divided as ever. It’s common to blame people who are intentionally distributing false information for these divisions. Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa says Facebook’s “[bias] against facts” threatens democracy. Others lament losing the “shared sense of reality” and “common baseline of fact” thought to be a prerequisite for democracy.

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