My guests on this edition of “Consider This” are Brooks Jackson, Director of FactCheck.org, and Angie Drobnic Holan, Deputy Editor of PolitiFact.org, and Editor of PolitiFact Florida. These two organizations aim to reduce the level of deception and confusion—and help us find the truth—in American politics. FactCheck.org (About) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate for voters, & PolitiFact (About)—winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2009—publishes their Truth-O-Meter to rate the accuracy of political claims.
Brooks Jackson is a journalist who has covered Washington and national politics since 1970, reporting in turn for the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal and CNN. He joined the Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2003 and launched FactCheck.org in December of that year.
At CNN, he pioneered the “adwatch” and “factcheck” form of stories debunking false and misleading political statements, starting with the presidential election of 1992. His investigative reporting for the AP and the Journal won several national awards. He is the author of three books: “Honest Graft: Big Money and the American Political Process” (Knopf, 1988); “Broken Promise: Why the Federal Election Commission Failed” (Twentieth Century Fund, 1990); and “unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation” with Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Random House, 2007).
Angie Drobnic Holan is deputy editor of PolitiFact and the editor of PolitiFact Florida. She previously was a reporter and researcher and was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 election. She has been with the Tampa Bay Times since 2005.
- Sources for checking on where the money comes from in politics: OpenSecrets.org & FactCheck 2012 Player’s Guide
- Hemingway, Mark. “Lies, Damned Lies, and ‘Fact Checking.” The Weekly Standard. 19 Dec. 2011, Vol. 17, No. 14 ed.
- Garfield, Bob. “The Facts on the Fact Checking Community.” onthemedia.org. 16 Dec. 2011.
- Silverman, Craig. “Conferences raise unanswered questions about fact checking.” Poynter.org. 28 Dec. 2011.