"How the courts help companies keep sexual misconduct under cover: Women sexually harassed on the job sometimes decide to hold their abusers -- and their employers -- accountable in court; But quite often, judges let companies keep their secrets." Dan Levine, Benjamin Lesser, and Renee Dudley of Reuters have this report
Josh Constine on Twitter about modern institution on steroids called UBER: "Our Uber driver in Bangkok suddenly ...
AUSSIE COMPLAINTS ON CLINTON FOUNDATION CORRUPTION GO TO FBI: Australian taxpayers have sent multi-millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation since 2006, and it appears the charity conducted business in much the same highly questionable ways Down Under as it has here in the U.S. Michael Smith is a retired Aussie detective and a popular radio talk show host. He’s also a demon on digging through documents and finding astonishing facts and data. FYI: Australia is far from the only foreign country in which serious troubles are brewing for the Clintons.
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"Journalism is not a perfect exercise. It’s a human endeavor, so we will make mistakes. But if you’re not willing to be honest about it and transparent about it, then I think the people who are trying to brand real journalism as fake news are given a leg up, because they can say, see, they made this mistake and they won’t say anything about it." — Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed News on PBS Newshour.
Fact-checking highlights of the year
The IFCN recognized the 10 most noteworthy people and stories in fact-checking of the past year. Journalists from organizations including Africa Check, PolitiFact, La Silla Vacía and First Draft rounded out the list. And in case you missed it, here's what to expect from fact-checking in 2018.
Gaming Google's ad structure
Climate change deniers are taking advantage of Google's advertising business to surface false or misleading claims high up in search results, The New York Times reported. And since users' ads are tailored based on their search history, only some groups of people will see them.
Live fact-checking for the State of the Union?
That's the goal of the Duke Reporters' Lab Tech & Check Cooperative, which Nieman Lab reported is working on an automated fact-checking app.
News literacy and the law
During the 2018 legislative season, state lawmakers around the U.S. are proposing bills mandating courses that would help students learn how to do their own online fact-checking and choose reliable news sources.
The most 'sickening' lies of 2017
Fact-less stories about the four U.S. troops killed in Niger in October topped Vice's list of "The 10 most toxic pieces of fake news in 2017." Other nominees included stories about Melania Trump's "body double" and global warming. Here's the full list.
If 'fake news' is a drug, what's the cure?
Author and futurist Amy Webb tells Mother Jones there's a "strong case" to be made for the addictive powers of misinformation and propaganda. “When you’re seeing your angers and fears and anxieties being validated externally, you get a shot of dopamine,” she says.
Fact-checking 'The Crown'
While some people binge-watch the popular Netflix series "The Crown," Mike Rosenwald of The Washington Post is binge-checking the historical facts. Read his assessment in the Post's history blog, Retropolis.
Stop us if you've heard this
It's the "end of facts." You should "give up on facts." The "alternative facts" and the facts that "don't change our minds." In a long read that's worth your time, Slate columnist Daniel Engbar tells us not to believe any of those statements and offers some compelling reasons.