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Correction request sent to Repustar/FactSparrow (Updated/Corrected)

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Fact checker Repustar, represented on Twitter as “FactSparrow,” published a fact brief that (we believed) confused hospital admissions for coronavirus with coronavirus hospitalizations, though the CDC reports very different statistics for each. After seeing no movement on the issue based on Twitter outreach, Zebra Fact Check emailed Repustar to encourage a correction to the misinformation (we believed we detected). Update…
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Google search finds IFCN complaints at poynter.org

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On or about June 21, 2021, a Google search discovered a complaint we had submitted to the International Fact-Checking Network about PolitiFact. We’ve lobbied the IFCN for years to encourage it to adopt a more open policy with its system of complaints. We’d prefer for the public to have free access to all the complaints the IFCN receives about its…
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Complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network about PolitiFact, Feb. 28, 2021

complaint to the international fact-checking network about PolitiFact

When PolitiFact failed to respond to Zebra Fact Check’s Feb. 22, 2021 correction request, we sent a formal complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network. We called PolitiFact’s failure to correct its mistake a violation of its commitment to scrupulously follow an open and honest corrections policy.

Email to the International Fact-Checking Network, March 9, 2021

On March 9, 2021, Zebra Fact Check sent an email message to the International Fact-Checking Network, Director Baybars Örsek, Associate Director Cristina Tardáguila, and Program Manager Ferdi Ferhat Özsoy. We also cc’d Poynter Institute President Neil Brown. Our message pointed out the inconsistency of the International Fact-Checking Network’s system of accountability and its resulting ineffectuality. It called for the the…
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Complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network about PolitiFact, Oct. 20, 2020

complaint to the international fact-checking network about PolitiFact

On Oct. 20, 2020, Zebra Fact Check noted no change made by PolitiFact pursuant to our Oct. 13, 2020 correction request. Accordingly, we submitted a formal complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network. We charged that PolitiFact failed to exhibit an open and honest corrections policy as stipulated in the IFCN Code of Principles.

Complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network about PolitiFact, May 26, 2020

complaint to the international fact-checking network about PolitiFact

On May 26, 2020 Zebra Fact Check followed up on its correction request submitted to PolitiFact by lodging a formal complaint about PolitiFact to the International Fact-Checking Network. The complaint suggests that PolitiFact’s failure to abide by its own principles for purposes of a Truth-O-Meter rating fail the IFCN Code of Principles on the issue of fairness. Further, PolitiFact’s failure…
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