The origin of the word “debunking” came up in this space recently, and today I’m interested in debunking a myth about one of the best debunkers around, Snopes.com. 687 more words
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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
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