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    Perhaps this is not interesting given the title, but why is fact checking used instead of reputation? For example, in today’s Seattle Times we read: “Bomb suspect is an ex-stripper with a long arrest record”. Why isn’t this considered a fact? As a person’s voting or arrest record is a fact? The point is if the goal is to get to the truth, shouldn’t we keep in mind “consider the source?”. I do programming and such. We all use StackOverflow/StackExchange. There the community builds up a reputation. As in “OH – THAT PERSON – they have a REPUTATION of….” Because don’t we want a community?

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    Might this “#GoodNews4GD: #3rdDegreeOfClarity “Evidence-Based Journalism”
    ( https://www.wikitribune.com/project/goodnews4gd-3rddegreeofclarity-evidence-based-journalism/ )” draft become the “Big Read” that minimizes Fake News with Good News for the Global Debout (for those aware of also having an identity as global citizens) community?

    Please share widely the draft on “Evidence-based Journalism” that approximates the Third Degree of Clarity, because “Fact-checking Journalism” is limited by the Second Degree of Clarity

    I am replying here to the the following tweet:

    WikiTribune Verified account @WikiTribune Oct 24 More
    ‘When disinformation fills the void, entire countries can collapse’ – Brooke Binkowski. WikiTribune explores how fact checking evolved in the internet era. #fakenews #factcheck

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    Fact checking merits consideration, as does a review of the suggested bias of both the media and academia towards positions embraced by the Democratic Party, given that both journalists and academics are suggested as resources in the fact checking.

    First question (from various sources): “who is watching the watchers?” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quis_custodiet_ipsos_custodes%3F)

    Second question: why it is reported, from numerous sources, that journalists have a bias to the Democratic Party; e.g., “ Not a single member of the White House press corps is a registered Republican, according to survey results recently published by Politico” (Wash. Free B.)

    Third question: why the bias (i.e.,left, progressive)in academia? (multiple resources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_bias_in_academia; N. Taleb, 2017; CATO, 2016, 2017)

    As a research scientist (last 15 years to now) and as a documentary photographer/ photojournalist (previous 25 years) it has been (and is) my observation that the majority of the scientists and journalist with whom I associate (past & present tense please) openly expressed views that suggested a political-social bias to the left of center and were Democrats (claimed that is); and (oddly enough) viewed my libertarian bias as just a conservative in a sheep skin coat.

    My point: fact checking is important.

    Opinion: If, you depend on your favorite academician or journalist friends to ferret out bias, then fake news conformational bias will reign supreme.

    Solutions: tough one, perhaps start with a bio of all fact checkers that clearly delineates such factors as; political party they associate with, who they voted for, religious or non-religious preference, organization (e.g., greenpeace, NRA, et cetera). Seriously, if you are to act as god over the news you need some serious full disclosure; and no, what you do in the privacy of your own home is not relevant, provided it is with a consenting sentient adult, of the same species.

    Skeptics wanted (needed)

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    The Czech fact-checking project if you would like to add the link: https://demagog.cz/

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      Thanks Michael. I have added your suggestion to this article which has a list of fact checkers by country and subject – https://www.wikitribune.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=4869&action=edit

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      Thanks Michael. I have added your suggestion to this article which has a list of fact checkers by country and subject – https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/09/19/media/how-to-spot-fake-news/4869/

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    https://twitter.com/fennecfoxen/status/935677512100827137

    This tweet from a well-known old-time Wikipedia indicates an essay we should consider….

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    This story is being worked on by WikiTribune staff Harry Ridgewell and Jemima Kiss.

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