"The Untold Story of the Pentagon Papers Co-Conspirators: Speaking publicly for the first time, a historian reveals the crucial role that he and a small band of others played in helping Daniel Ellsberg leak the documents to journalists." Eric Lichtblau has this post online at The New Yorker.
‘A fact-checking army’
This is how we do it
- Fact-checkers have started using an automated tool that automatically scans for checkable claims in CNN transcripts.
- Africa Check has a new step-by-step guide to using reverse image search tools on mobile devices, and a tip sheet for fact-checking photos.
- A fact-checking project debunking hoaxes about last weekend’s Czech presidential election runoff got about 80,000 pageviews on its first day.
This is bad
- Inspired by President Trump, an Idaho state legislator wants to start a “fake news awards” program in her state.
- An Italian news wire sent out the wrong photo of a woman who died following a train crash (This doesn’t need to happen. See AfricaCheck item above).
- Maria Ressa, CEO of the Philippines news site Rappler, says some governments use “patriotic trolling” to intimidate journalists. Rappler’s license has been suspended by the government after the publication criticized the current administration.
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This is fun
- Comedian Stephen Colbert fact-checks (or lie-checks, as he calls it) President Trump’s comments about climate change (or as Trump called it, “heating and cooling.”)
- A Snopes fact check about a video that claims to depict a showering rat was widely shared this week.
- Late-night comedians had some fun after this week’s State of the Union address. Here’s a roundup.
A closer look
- What’s behind fake news? Money, lies and manipulation — and Mirko Ceselkoski, a fake-news mentor in Macedonia who offers no apologies.
- The United States, along with England, Belgium and Japan, has refused to participate in a global testing program to determine if students can spot misinformation, according to Business Insider.
- Are Europe’s efforts to legislate against fake news futile? This Daily Beast reporter thinks so.
- Italian fact-checkers: apply to this flash grant by Feb 5.
- Innovating fact-checkers: apply to Fact Forward by Feb 8.
- There are two more weeks to apply to Global Fact V (400 people have already done so)
If you read one more thing
Quick fact-checking linksNigeria is getting its first national fact-checking platform, called Dubawa. // Facebook’s fact-checking project heads to Italy. // How to respond to critics on Twitter. // ICYMI, the IFCN has a research database. // The American Bar Association weighs in with its Legal Fact Check on foreign influence in elections. // A sportswriter who witnessed the real-life story fact-checks the “I, Tonya” movie. // Tom Trewinnard writes about “what we’ve learned from seven years of verifi-checking” at Meedan. // A snowy interview with Craig Newmark at Davos. // Those infamous “Jack the Ripper” letters were fake. // How to teach children to spot misinformation about energy and climate issues. // The government of Nigeria liked this fact check. // We have more bad news about fake videos. // Maybe Instagram is a healthier version of Facebook. Maybe not. // This data scientist had to create her own army of bots to fight bots there were impersonating her. // The Guardian published an anonymous account from a fake news writer. // Conspiracy theories about the Virginia Amtrak crash abound on Facebook.