Fact Checker Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post Published 6:21 pm PDT, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 FILE — Michael Cohen, behind Donald Trump on the left, at a campaign stop at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland, Sept. 21, 2016. Coordinating with Michael Cohen, a tabloid giant turned its tip line into a trip wire for negative stories that could hurt the Trump campaign, prosecutors said. (Eric Thayer/The New York Times) less FILE — Michael Cohen, behind Donald Trump on the left, at a campaign stop at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland, Sept. 21, 2016. Coordinating with Michael Cohen, a tabloid giant turned its tip line ... more Photo: ERIC THAYER, NYT Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's personal lawyer for over a decade as been widely described as Trump' "fixer," but once his boss became president, things got more complicated for the New York attorney. Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's … [Read more...] about Fact Checker: Trump lied about payments
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close Video Conservative women challenge Ocasio-Cortez to a debate Socialist candidate subs requests from Kaya Jones, Candace Owens and Allie Beth Stuckey. New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has excited the liberal base with her media blitz touting Medicare-for-all, the elimination of ICE and more. But the Democrat's rapid-fire claims about the state of the economy and other issues have fact-checkers scrambling to provide a reality check. The Washington Post was the latest to put her myriad claims under the microscope. The newspaper took issue, for instance, with her claim that unemployment is low “because everyone has two jobs.” The Post shot this down, noting the number of people working two jobs is down from the recession -- and has remained steady at around 5 percent in recent years. Other claims it summarily dismissed include a May 30 interview statement that ICE is “required to fill 34,000 beds with … [Read more...] about Ocasio-Cortez claims have fact-checkers working overtime
slideshow While political commentators have worried recently about the spread of “fake news” during American elections, local towns like Bayonne and Hoboken have suffered from it as well.In Bayonne, each election season, a fake newspaper is circulated with lies and attacks against local politicians. Other times, fake news stories are intended to foment resentment towards an “other” group or individual, as when stories were spread in spring of last year, falsely typing local Muslim to terrorist organizations, just as the Muslim community was applying for zoning variances to convert a warehouse on East 24th Street into a community and prayer center. The Facebook group “Bayonne Talks,” which originally started as a space for Bayonne residents to vent about community-specific problems, has devolved into a political message board with sometimes unfounded rumors. And in Hoboken late last year, new mayor Ravi Bhalla received death threats after internet … [Read more...] about The truth about ‘fake news’ Bogus stories still spread around internet while president slams the fact-checkers
You can expect presidential candidates to make a lot of claims during the CBS News Republican debate in South Carolina Saturday night, but some just might not be true. Reporters are supposed to make sure of their facts as a matter of course, but this campaign has seen a growing army of political fact checkers who are expected to explain how they checked what candidates say. Five things to watch for in the CBS Republican debate The winter of 2016 may well be remembered for a blizzard, but not of snow. Squalls of spin have socked voters across the land, reports CBS News' Mark Albert. It's been a flurry of promises and pledges, broadsides and bombast -- all delivered with the gusto of a nor'easter. The gale-force one-liners can be nauseating as presidential candidates try to cajole and convince voters. So how do you know what's true and what's not? Like a lighthouse in the storm, Glenn Kessler tries to cut through the fog of facts as the columnist for The Washington Post's Fact … [Read more...] about Fact checker: “As long as politicians open their mouths, I’ll have a job”
(MoneyWatch) Politicians lie and Vicki Meyer is sick of watching them get away with it. The retired Florida school teacher started an online petition asking the Federal Election Commission to require that fact checkers be included in the presidential and vice presidential debates in order to hold them accountable to the truth -- loudly and in public. It's particularly important to have the fact-checking in real time -- with lies called lies before the debates are over. The reason is simple: Once a lie -- or even an error -- is out and unchallenged, it's nearly impossible to stop its spread. I can verify that fact from personal experience. During some two decades of writing a syndicated newspaper column, I made a handful of errors. Each time an error was made, I attempted to get it corrected in every newspaper and website that ran the column. But it was impossible to check whether that happened. Worse, even where I knew that corrections ran immediately and prominently, readers would … [Read more...] about Do the presidential debates need fact-checkers?