With all of the false and misleading claims in last year’s U.S. elections, there was no shortage of facts or fact-checking — even at the state and local level. But finding those facts was often more of a challenge than it should have been.
Poor promotion and a lack of consistent labels and tags by some news media fact-checkers meant this reporting quickly disappeared — washed off homepages and social media feeds in the fast-moving flow of daily news coverage. That’s a big loss for the public, but also for the news companies that invested precious staff time to do this distinctive, in-depth journalism.
Over the past year, student researchers at the Duke Reporters’ Lab reviewed the work of 37 regional media outlets that fact-checked political claims during the election cycle that ended last November. Our most surprising finding was the significant differences in the ways those news organizations presented and organized their fact checks.
There was lots of fact-checking in the U.S. Senate race in Ohio about a claim that the Democratic candidate had wasted $250,000 renovating bathrooms at the governor’s mansion. One ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee was animated to appear as if it was filmed from the bottom of a flushing commode. The ads hit their mark. Two months later, Democrat Ted Strickland was still defending himself from those attacks on the campaign trail. But any Ohio voters with access to Google could see for themselves that this Republican ad blitz was misleading — assuming
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