Fact-checking in the Echo Chamber Nation

At a Republican campaign rally a few years ago, I asked one of the attendees how he got his news. "I listen to Rush and read NewsMax," he said. "And to make sure I'm getting a balanced view, I watch Fox." My liberal friends get their information from distinctly different sources — Huffington Post, Daily Kos and Rachel Maddow. To make sure they get a balanced view, they click Facebook links — from their liberal friends. This is life in our echo chamber ... Full Story »

Posted by Fabrice Florin - via PolitiFact, Huffington Post (Health Care), Memeorandum
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Posted by: Posted by Fabrice Florin - Dec 22, 2011 - 3:21 PM PST
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Bob Herrschaft
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by Bob Herrschaft - Dec. 23, 2011

Mr Adair glosses over Paul Krugman's argument about bending over backwards to achieve false balance and focuses on the more vitriolic attacks based on previous polls from both left and right; therefore "the lie of the year" has been vindicated, right? Where is the logic here? Did the verdict come down from Mt. Olympus? Are we to believe it was unanimous? Why don't we have a list of dissenters? Where is the transparency?

It is becoming apparent that one of the major problems in factchecking is funding. It's an unfortunate reality that most of the funding available comes from the right(or center-right) where the excessive weight of special interests takes its toll on the public interest. There is a lot about medicare that needs reform but vouchers are the slow kiss of death and failure to perceive that is a bit like leaving your mother with Dr Kevorkian for a cure. The fact that there was a loony ... More »

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Dec. 23, 2011

Thoughtful opinion by PolitiFact editor Bill Adair about the role of fact-checking in a polarized society. This article addresses the widespread controversy over their recent Lie of the Year award for Democrats' claims that Republicans "voted to end Medicare." The author provides a reasonable response to this criticism, and observes that the Internet has made it easier for people to seek opinions that confirm their views in the echo chambers of our choice. Insightful and informative rebuttal.

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