HOT BLAST: Keeping 'em honest
Oct 08, 2013 | 1210 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Well, well, well. Set our pants on fire. Researchers have found that having fact-checkers on the case tends to keep politicians from, shall we say, taking liberties with the truth.

The Washington Post reports:

The report, from political scientists at Dartmouth and Georgia State University, found that legislators who were reminded that fact-checkers were keeping an eye on their statements were less likely to receive a negative rating from those fact-checkers. That suggests, the report’s authors conclude, that the legislators were more careful to present accurate information.

“When you remind people about the threat that fact-checking might pose to their political career, there’s less indication of their being inaccurate,” said Brendan Nyhan, the Dartmouth political scientist. “The threat of fact-checking probably matters.”

Let's also recall that "fact-checking" is just another name for journalism, something all news outlets should be doing.

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