The Week in Fact-Checking: Satire and hoaxes meet real life

On Le Monde, Adrien Sénecat has an excellent deconstruction of how satire and hyperpartisan truth-twisting can result in real misperceptions. Step 1: A satirical site writes that French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, caricatured as out-of-touch, feels dirty after touching poor people’s hands. Step 2: Hyperpartisan Facebook pages take this at face value, mixing in footage from […]

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ESPN should have covered its own layoffs

Sometimes those of us in the news media bust our own balloons, leaving us with lots of clown makeup and nothing to hand out to the kids. And that’s how ESPN, the company that changed the world of sports, looks this week. Journey back in time to 1979 when ESPN was created. The question almost […]

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