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Telling Fact from Fiction

July 20, 2018
What a summer it’s been for journalists – and all of us – trying to distinguish fake news from real. Fact from fiction. Truth from lies.

One of the best tools, especially regarding politics – and we’re entering an intense political season – comes from my friends at the non-profit Poynter Institute, which recently acquired PolitiFact.

PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact staffers research statements and rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter, from True to False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get the lowest rating, Pants on Fire.

The top PolitiFact story yesterday: Did Zero Tolerance Policy Reduce Illegal Immigration?   The Department of Homeland Security credited the policy for a dip in migration numbers but, according to PolitiFact researchers, it’s too soon to make that claim.

While we’re on the subject of immigration, I’d like to suggest something entirely different — a short video that I think will inspire you (click on the image).

Please allow me a little parental pride along with a full disclosure.  This short, produced, directed, shot and edited by my daughter, was selected for the national PBS film festival.  Please watch and vote if you’re so moved.

In the end, the best editors, producers, filmmakers and journalists share the sameraison d’être, perfectly expressed by my friends at PoltiFact.

To give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy.

With warmest regards,

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