Checking the Fact Checkers

One of the realities of social media driven news reporting is that facts are often loose and just plain wrong. There is such a plethora of voices, the information out there is often unverified but begins to seem true by sheer repetition in the echo chamber of social media. Many media organizations provide fact checking during election campaigns, but not on a constant basis. A host of fact checking organizations have sprung up all over the world. But how do they work, and do they have an agenda? The Poynter Institute has been working with 35 organizations from 27 countries and they have now signed and published a “shared code of principles” so that people using their services will know how they work. Number one and two in the code is a commitment to non-partisanship and fairness, and transparency of sources. You can read the whole document here.