Parts of the political spectrum devoted to everything anti-immigrant have been feverishly misleading the public about the Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program, announced by the federal government in November 2014. 687 more words
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SciCheck (part of FactCheck.org) has fact-checked a recent Wall Street Journal editorial by Representative Lamar Smith, one of CauseScience’s favorite anti-science congress members. 165 more words
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Four years ago, Michele Bachmann slammed Rick Perry—then the governor of Texas—for his executive order mandating HPV vaccinations. “I’m a mom of three children,” Bachmann said during a GOP presidential debate.
Over at the INSIGHT blog on Monday, I wrote about how newsrooms and journalism non-profits are increasingly building tools that are of use to skeptics. This is happening because the rise of viral misinformation (driven by social media) has made fact-checking and debunking a key need for journalists. 678 more words
It happens occasionally but it needs to be a regular part of the election process. With so many misstatements, falsehoods and insults, our campaigns are more an embarrassment than an opportunity to learn about candidates’ beliefs. 128 more words
Political attacks began in our country very early: Thomas Jefferson is known to have been the backroom support for scurrilous pamphlets against John Adams in the 1800 presidential campaign. 262 more words