I thought journalism pretty much was fact-checking.

I was reading the Washington Post’s article on the biggest political liars of 2012. It wasn’t so much the fact that both political parties are full of liars that depressed me. I already knew that. No, what bothered me most was this paragraph from one of the organizations that is supposed to help inoculate the populace against political lies.

In this election, fact checking certainly became part of the conversation, with many additional news organizations joining FactCheck.Org, PolitiFact and The Washington Post in scrutinizing politician’s statements, especially during the debates. Since fact checking is a relatively new genre of journalism, however, it is frequently misunderstood.

Fact-checking is a relatively new genre of journalism. Take a moment and let that sink in.

On our way to a weekend of real American patriotism.
Taking the day off.
I got to watch the son of Fred Phelps officiate the wedding of two lesbians.
A year ago today...
About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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