Fact checking, once relegated to web junkies and conspiracy theorists, is quickly becoming a moneymaker for the business minded.
Beginning with a quote from Edwin L. Shuman’s late 19th century book Steps Into Journalism, Silverman discusses the author’s promotion of imagining the “nonessentials” in reporting. From there he covers the media overload of the internet, the public’s more than eager approach of pointing out falsehoods as well as their ability to digest “untruths” easier than corrected fact, and the organizations that check facts for the media elite.
Some reporting, it should be noted, also includes mistakes due to cutting corners and overworked staff, as stated in this week’s column by David Carr.
Overall, the essay is captivating and worthy of a read however we must never forget that not all fact checkers are to be trusted. I once played this clip at United Way when stating my displeasure with employees who post in comment sections of news stories: