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4 factchecking sites that’re the real deal

April 22, 2014

Folks, I just want news I can trust. As I've been saying, the press should be the immune system of democracy, and needs to fulfill that role again. With the Internet, everyone can be their own journalist now. It's become increasingly difficult to find news that comes from a trustworthy press. Factchecking efforts only have… Read more »


Doing something about truthiness in politics and news

March 20, 2012

Recently, the folks at the Harvard Berkman Center and the MIT Media Lab had a really good conference and hackathon addressing Truthiness in Digital Media. Truthiness in the Stephen Colbert sense, where people just make up stuff which they want to be true. A lot of good progress was reported, particularly involving citizens and professionals… Read more »


Is this a real big step toward holding politicians accountable?

February 21, 2012

(Folks, I rarely quote press releases like this, but the folks at, sister site of, might have something  brilliant here.  They do have a great record of independent, nonpartisan factchecking. I'll personally request your help with this, once it gets going.) For Immediate Release: February 21, 2012 Contact: Kathleen Hall Jamieson. 215 898… Read more »


An observation regarding factchecking and journalism from an outsider

January 13, 2012

Okay, I'm not in the news business, and I'm not going to tell anyone how to do their job. However, it'd be good to have news reporting that I could trust again, and there's evidence that factchecking is an idea whose time has come. This results from smart people making smart observations, at two recent conferences about factchecking,… Read more »


Making Bigtime Factchecking Real

November 28, 2011

Recently, Jeff Jarvis at the City University of NY held an event on restoring factchecking to the news business. He did a really good job getting a bunch of players in this arena to play well together. Special thanks also the to the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. (My contribution has been overstated, mostly prompting… Read more »


Help TruthSquad do factchecking in Baltimore

June 13, 2011

Hey, it's up to us to do the factchecking that we see little of, in TV or newspapers. The folks at Truthsquad are pioneering local fact-checking, with a pilot that examines Gov. O' Malley's claim about Maryland public schools. NewsTrust's kicking off its first local fact-checking experiment in Baltimore, based on their crowdsourced Truthsquad platform,… Read more »