Who Fact Checks The Fact Checkers?

May 18, 2017 in Daily Bulletin

Chloe Lim analyzed two major fact checkers:

  • Lim found that there was only a 10% overlap in the statements that two fact checkers evaluated.
  • When there was overlap the two did not strongly agree – and sometimes flatly contradicted each other – in their assessment of a statements’ accuracy.
  • This may help explain why facts don’t seem to have had much of an effect in America’s primary and Presidential elections.
  • In the fact checkers’ defense – assessing the truth of political claims is hard. Politicians rarely offer much detail and usually ignore follow up requests for clarification.

Read the entire paper here.

Via: Marginal Revolution