How Do Liberals And Conservatives Use Fact-Checking?

Jun 16, 2017

A new study from Duke says there is a partisan divide over fact-checking.
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Most fact-checkers aim to stay out of politics. But the way in which partisan news sites use fact-checking is a different story. A study from the Duke Reporter’s Lab says there is a partisan divide over how fact-checking is referenced in liberal and conservative news sites. 

While liberal sites are more likely to cite fact-checks and praise fact-checking, conservative sites are more likely to question the legitimacy of fact-checkers, according to the report.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Bill Adair, co-author of the report and founder of PolitiFact, about what fact-checking means for independent journalism.