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Anatomy of a fact check: Objective practice and the contested epistemology of fact checking

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This article presents a detailed ethnographic account of objective practice among professional fact checkers, reporters who specialize in assessing the truth of political claims. Some critics argue that political debate is inherently value-laden and defies objective fact checking; I offer an alternative view highlighting the practical epistemology revealed in the newswork routines and discourse of working fact checkers. Drawing links between core concepts in the sociology of science and journ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1111/cccr.12163

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Politics & Int Relations
ORCID:
0000-0002-2980-7145
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Communication, Culture and Critique Journal website
Volume:
10
Issue:
3
Pages:
518-537
Publication date:
2017-10-27
DOI:
EISSN:
1753-9137
ISSN:
1753-9129
Pubs id:
pubs:869947
URN:
uri:fd5a5f7c-3880-47fe-9104-3c7113cacd12
UUID:
uuid:fd5a5f7c-3880-47fe-9104-3c7113cacd12
Local pid:
pubs:869947

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