10 years of fact-checking: It got easier — and harder

In honor of PolitiFact's anniversary this month, Editor Angie Drobnic Holan writes a note to readers on how fact-checking has changed. Ten years ago, I was a reporter assigned to a new fact-checking website no one had heard of. "Politi-What?" press secretaries would say when I called. "Politi-FACT," I would say. Then I’d have to spell it. Today, I almost never have to spell our name, and the press secretaries know exactly why we’re calling. Even the politicians do. They don’t want to get PolitiFact-ed, they say. They’re phrasing their comments more carefully, and having aides scrutinize speeches to eliminate mistakes. … >>More
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