This week’s episode is focused on a very specialized job in journalism: the Fact-Checker. Our guide is journalism’s OG of information verification, Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Adair. He explains the origins, methodology, and challenges of fact-checking in a “post-truth” world. Plus, how journalists are partnering with technologists to build tools that they hope can make the very word “fact” less politically charged.
Post-truth politics and why the antidote isn’t just fact-checking. Platforms driving users to misinformation. There’s such a thing as fake fact-checkers. Fact-checkers going OT in Brazil. Google is working on a fact-checking search engine. Fact-checking is on Broadway. How Facebook is downplaying false headlines. Why this journalist fell for this fake video.
David Herman, Audio Engineer and Composer
Dan Dzula, Audio Engineer
Thalia Beaty, Producer