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In the Feb. 14 broadcast of The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow lambasted Politifact for incorrectly evaluating a statementmade by Florida congressman Marco Rubio at the CPAC conference last week.
Seriously! Claim A: False! Claim B: False! Overall PolitiFact rating: “Mostly True”!
PolitiFact, please leave the building. Do not bother turning off the lights when you leave; we will need them on to clean up the mess you have left behind you as you are leaving.
PolitiFact, you are a disaster.
Maddow's frustration is far from unique. Journalists have been concerned with the integrity of the news for decades. George Orwell wrote an essay "The Politics of the English Language," on that very subject in 1946. Orwell's concern is continues in large part because the journalism industry -- colloquially known as the forth branch of government -- is so influential.
During election season, the watchdog service of publications is particularly valuable. Fortunately, new developments in media are allowing the press to fact-check in new and innovative ways:
INNOVATIONS IN FACTCHECKING:
Until developers give life to Huffington's fact-checking machine of the future, the reality is that it is time-intensive and laborious venture -- one that offers advantage to high caliber publications with the staff, resources and reputation to get it done. For related posts on content and media innovation, please read:
Recommended reading on fact-checking: