Sometimes a lie is just a lie. The ratings that fact-checking sites use are far from scientific — but they do force journalists to abide by a method that recognizes truth ought to be evaluated on a spectrum. A method should also apply to calling out "post-truth;" otherwise, our capacity to call out misleading political claims will be further hindered.
By Max Blumenthal, a senior editor of the Grayzone Project at AlterNet, and the award-winning author of Goliath and Republican Gomorrah. His most recent book is The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. Follow him on Twitter at @MaxBlumenthal. Via Alternet
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The U.S. presidential election is over but that doesn't mean the newly energized fact-checking community should fade away. Writing for Poynter, Tamar Wilner points out that even though "politics is baked in" to the current form of fact-checking, the battle against misinformation should include topics like science, crime and even entertainment.
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