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August 22, 2007

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A Database of Facts

PolitiFact from the St. Pete Times and CQ. Backstory.

Great power can flow from default reference link status; think Wikipedia, IMDB, etc. Can PolitiFact achieve default reference link status for political claims? Would be very cool if it did. Snarkmarket will assist with link love whenever possible.

As an aside: It’s totally rad to see the St. Pete Times stepping up in a national way like this. More, more!

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Posted August 22, 2007 at 12:10 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Journalism, Media Galaxy

Comments

It's a very cool idea, and from my brief browsing it looks well-implemented. I like the hyperlinked sources (although I wonder how they'll handle subscription-only or non-web research.) And Ro., I think you're right about the conditions that could give the site default-reference power.

One surprise: they even fact-check Obama Girl. (Giuliani really did marry his cousin. No reporting yet on whether health care reform really makes Obama Girl "warm.")

One idea: it's cool to do this for the presidential campaigns, but it seems like candidates don't spend a whole lot of time making verifiable truth-claims. The fact-checking database could actually be more useful for Congress (including Congressional testimony), the cabinet, and the White House press office. If Alberto Gonzalez's testimony for the past year was on the site, the "pants on fire" category could fill up right quick.

I just added a political truth-o-meter feed to my google homepage. Rad.

Posted by: dan on August 22, 2007 at 03:41 PM
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