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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”

Nate Silver’s response:

Ben Smith’s response:

Our guest Alexios Mantzarlis’ response:

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

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

Survey of fact-checking projects around the world: