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It’s that time again. Every four years, Americans rediscover the muddy sport of presidential politics. Each time around, we are reminded that the electoral process isn’t as tidy as a Schoolhouse Rock civics lesson. Yet the 2016 election seems to set a new standard for disruption. Voter anger is at record levels, and trust in democratic institutions is at an all-time low. Fact-checking has become a growth industry. Analysts are questioning how the electoral process has influenced news media, and vice versa, reviving the 30-year-old prophecy that we are at risk of amusing ourselves to death.
A September 2016 conversation with veteran journalists Jeff Greenfield and Leonard Pitts, as we consider diagnoses for what ails our civic enterprise and, ultimately, consider prescriptions for change.
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Fact-checking isn't just something for specialized media outlets: beat reporters, readers and voters can use basic tools to verify information shared by politicians, news sources and a crazy uncle on Facebook. For 10 weeks starting July 21, The Poynter Institute’s weekly fact-checking newsletter will challenge readers with practical exercises that test their fact-checking chops.
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- Subscribe: Fact-Check 2016
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- Hold the Date: Webcast
Add our September 20th Blank Family Foundation Speaker Series live webcast to your calendar. Our conversation with journalists Jeff Greenfield and Leonard Pitts on the media and the 2016 presidential election will stream live from 6-7:30 p.m. (ET). There will be limited seating at the event. Stay tuned this summer for more information.