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Tricky


Jun 1, 2018

How many fact-checking organizations does it take to change the proverbial fake news lightbulb? Elon Musk thinks we need at least one more. But maybe more like a popularity contest than a fact check, with journalists and institutions competing for credibility ratings.  Emily and Heather ask what is the point in the dozens of recently launched fact-checking initiatives, and the director of Poynter’s international fact-checking network Alexios Mantzarlis provides them with answers.

Reading List:  

Explainer on the Elon Musk & “Pravda”

https://www.vox.com/2018/5/24/17389388/elon-musk-twitter-pravda

Nate Silver’s response:

https://twitter.com/NateSilver538/status/999370434108944384

Ben Smith’s response:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/elon-musk-doesnt-know-what-hes-talking-about?utm_term=.poQVePjPl#.pcqEYlOla

Our guest Alexios Mantzarlis’ response:

“Four serious questions about Elon Musk's silly credibility score”

https://www.poynter.org/news/four-serious-questions-about-elon-musks-silly-credibility-score

Interview with Journalism professor Lucas Graves on the history of fact-checking:

https://www.poynter.org/news/who-decides-whats-true-politics-history-rise-political-fact-checking

Survey of fact-checking projects around the world:

http://www.niemanlab.org/2018/02/a-2018-survey-of-fact-checking-projects-around-the-world-finds-a-booming-field-with-at-least-149-dedicated-initiatives/