Filmmaker Gives Newspapers Bogus Stories To See If They Fact Check
from the guess-what-he-found-out? dept
Rose M. Welch alerts us to the news of a filmmaker who wanted to see how much fact checking newspaper do, so he started calling them with totally made up “tips” about celebrities, and discovered that many of them were quickly printed with little to no attempt to fact check them at all. To be fair, the stories were all sent to UK tabloids, and the tabs aren’t exactly known for their thorough reporting standards — but still, given how often we hear about how bad new media online publications are at basic fact checking, it’s worth pointing out that just because you print on paper, it doesn’t mean there’s any more fact checking. At least with online stories, people can respond quickly (often in comments or on their own sites) and challenge things. In print, it’s much harder to see what others are saying on the same topic.