This WikiProject is dedicated to listing claims that could be fact checked by WikiTribune. This is an experimental process.
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Possible claims for fact checking:
U.S. midterm elections
Add suggestions here or in TALK for empirical claims made by candidates in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections:
- Undocumented immigration into the U.S. from the southern border was at an all time high under Trump because of Mexican cartels. Cartels used this influx as a smokescreen. (Face the Nation).
- The NFL may be violating players constitutional rights by preventing them from kneeling during the national anthem.
- Paypal closed accounts and pocketed the balances in the company’s early days of operation.
- Nancy Pelosi’s claim about Trump using U.S government resources to enrich ZTE company.
- Bernie Sanders’s claim that “over 40 percent of Americans don’t have enough savings to cover a $400 emergency expense – 43 percent can’t afford the basics to live – Over 25 percent of adults skipped necessary medical care last year because they couldn’t afford it.”
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Previous fact checks:
- Fact checking Carla Ortiz’s claims on White Helmets and Aleppo in the Syrian Civil War
- Fact checking public funding for Elon Musk ventures
- Choose empirically provable claims. If it’s not empirically provable, it isn’t fact-checking. To illustrate, we can check number of women in the U.S. Congress or the location of the school in Florida where the mass shooting took place, or if someone said a particular statement in a recorded and published speech, by contrast, we can’t check what the same person implied by his or her statement.
- Focus more on claims which have received attention such as viral news stories and tweets.
Laying out the page
- Cite the claim properly, always link to the source of the claim.
- When fact-checking quotes, or when attributing a claim to a person, always quote the person verbatim, in addition to having a link to the source of the claim.
Correction of errors
- WikiTribune is a wiki, meaning that mistakes will be made, but they can also be undone/fixed!
- If you see a mistake, first consider fixing it yourself.
- If you don’t feel comfortable fixing it yourself, let others know on the TALK page.
Role of community and editors
- Community is at the heart of WT fact-checking. This is a collaborative effort by the group.
- If there is a dispute, remember to seek consensus on the TALK page before making big changes
- Trusted users and staff administrators may at times be called upon to judge the veracity of a claim, or to judge community consensus. (This is similar to the role of administrators in Wikipedia RfCs.)
Time spent on each fact checking report
- The current goal is to spend 10-14 days on each fact-checking report, marked clearly at the top of the page.
This is an evolving document
- As a wiki, nothing is ever done! This is the first draft of the fact-checking guidelines, but please, be bold, if you see something wrong, change something!