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Science

Congress’ COVID-Positive Party

Do partisan beliefs and behaviors affect COVID-19 infection rates? Maybe, at least among members of the U.S. Congress.

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Fact Checks

PolitiFact: Pols, Pundits, and Pant Fires

This last of a three-parter compares the PolitiFact credibility of groups making political claims. The most truthful: comedians. The least: social media.

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Fact Checks

PolitiFact: All the Presidents’ Peeps

Part two of the series, that turns PolitiFact-checks into credibility scores, calculates the truth ratings of people in the past three presidential administrations.

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Fact Checks

PolitiFact: Voters Face Facts

Using PolitiFact-checks, we can compare the credibility of candidates and determine, from past elections, if voters tend to pick the more truthful candidate. (They do.)

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News Fakes

Your State’s Been Pink-Slimed

Tracking cross-country plink-slime sites that masquerade as local news, with an interactive USA map and a Slime by State table.

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Adtech Social

Who Funds Fake News?

Fake news is a for-profit business, funded mostly by advertising, with revenue flowing from the biggest brands and adtech agencies into the coffers of clickbait, hate, and mis/disinfo sites.

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Adtech

Brands Behaving Badly

Millions in ad dollars are helping spread COVID conspiracies, mostly without the the advertiser’s knowledge.

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Iffy Info

Bias vs. B.S.

Bias doesn’t get a publisher into Iffy.news, only bullshit does. Iffy is blind to bias. However, when bias becomes B.S., data can help determine which direction bias most often turns.

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Iffy Info

The Iffy Evolution

Why the Iffy.news Index exists, its CJR/Poynter past and its current MBFC-based improvements.