How “Fact Checking” Obliterates Truth

“To begin with, the entire premise of “fact-checking” is ludicrous as it is based on the idea that media outlets do not – and do not need to – automatically start from a factual basis for their reporting. As an editor once said to me: “Just because someone says something doesn’t mean you have to put it in the paper.” If the media followed this one simple rule, there would be no need for “fact-checking” at all.”

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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