Friday 23 March 2018

Jason Lange: Lies, damned lies and half-truths – fact-checking the presidential candidates

FACT-CHECKING US presidential campaigns has become a kind of sport in recent years, complete with scorecards tallying the competition between ratings of true, false or somewhere in between.

What has been missing - and is likely to stay missing in tonight’s presidential debate - is suspense. The winner in the ratings game is generally the same: somewhere in between.

The terminology differs from fact-checker to fact-checker. But the reality is that the vast majority of claims fact-checkers put under scrutiny are deemed to be partly true or partly false but rarely completely one or the other.

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