The Importance of Fact-checking Elected Officials and Facebook Posts

October 20, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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In the era of "fake news" and the polarization of political rhetoric, how do you tell what's fact or fiction? PolitiFact reporter Tom Kertscher will share the process of fact-checking. He will also talk about PolitiFacts's partnership with Facebook to combat the spread of false news. Politifact's focus is to evaluate specific statements made by politicians and rate them for accuracy. Kertscher is a contributing writer for PolitiFact and a  national freelance journalist. He was a newspaper reporter for 35 years including a stint at the Tulsa World from 1984-89. Kertscher has been self-employed since 2019 and his freelance work includes PolitiFact, The New York Times and Associated Press Sports. 

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