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Washington Post announces new fact checking feature

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To "truth squad" statements made by political figures, The Washington Post has launched a fact checking website and regular column.

The feature "will focus on any statements by political figures and government officials -- in the United States and abroad -- that cry out for fact-checking," award-winning Post journalist (and the official "Fact Checker") Glenn Kessler wrote on January 11. It uses a Pinocchio rating system to judge the veracity of statements. Pinocchio, a fictional character, is known for having a long nose that becomes longer when he is under stress, especially while telling a lie.

Similar websites include factcheck.org and politifact.com. But the Post site differs because of its emphasis on reader involvement, Kessler says. Readers can send "suggestions on topics to fact check and tips on erroneous claims by political candidates, interest groups, and the media."

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Sounds interesting

Hi Jessica, The initiative sounds interesting. Let's see how it works. Well, the politicians in Pakistan think the public and journalists have a short memory. That's why they make bundles of false statements. I hope we'll be able to utilize this feature to check our side too. Irtaza

Muhammad Irtaza

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