Tag Archive: research

Review: “The Epistemology of Fact Checking”

A critical review of and reflection on The Epistemology of Fact Checking by Joseph E. Uscinski and Ryden W. Butler   epis·te·mol·o·gy:  the study or a theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity   In their paper The Epistemology of Fact Checking (hereafter “Epistemology“), published in October 2013, authors Joseph E….
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Working paper doesn’t work

A critical review of  Lying in Politics: Evidence from the US, a working paper by Alessandro Bucciol and Luca Zarri Researchers Alessandro Bucciol (assistant professor of econometrics) and Luca Zarri (associate professor of economics), both of the University of Verona, wanted to examine the tendency of politicians to lie.  But they were confronted the problem of objectively assessing whether and…
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Review of fact-checking study: ‘Making a Difference?’

A critical review of Michelle A. Amazeen’s review of fact checking in 2012 October of 2013 provided us with more than one research paper on fact checking from the New America Foundation. “Making a Difference?: A Critical Assessment of Fact-checking in 2012 ” by Michelle A. Amazeen proves at the same time less ambitious and more successful than the paper…
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Study: You can fool some of the people some of the time

A critical review of Jordan Humphreys’ “When Lies Matter:  The Effect of Media Coverage of Misinformation on Public Opinion in the Health Care Reform Debate”   Zebra Fact Check started in part to help express my concern about the state of high-quality information.  The sources normally deemed worthy of trust, like journalists and academia, tend to have liberals in control. …
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Can fact checkers keep the ACA debate honest?

A skeptical treatment of Nyhan and Reifler’s latest study Readers should be aware I’ve referred to Brendan Nyhan as a “truth-hustler” in earlier writings. The team of Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler created yet another stir recently with their latest study of media effects, “The Effects of Fact Checking Threat.”  Brendan Nyhan holds a post at Dartmouth College as assistant…
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