Fact Checking the Campaign: How Political Reporters Use Twitter to Set the Record Straight (or Not)
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AbstractIn a multichannel era of fragmented and contested political communication, both misinformation and fact checking have taken on new significance. The rise of Twitter as a key venue for political journalists would seem to support their fact-checking activities. Through a content analysis of political journalists’ Twitter discourse surrounding the 2012 presidential debates, this study examines the degree to which fact-checking techniques were used on Twitter and the ways in which journalists on Twitter adhered to the practices of either “professional” or “scientific” objectivity—the mode that underlies the fact-checking enterprise—or disregarded objectivity altogether. A typology of tweets indicates that fact checking played a notable but secondary role in journalists’ Twitter discourse. Professional objectivity, especially simple stenography, dominated reporting practices on Twitter, and opinion and commentary were also prevalent. We determine that Twitter is indeed conducive to some elements of fact checking. But taken as a whole, our data suggest that journalists and commentators posted opinionated tweets about the candidates’ claims more often than they fact checked those claims.
CitationCoddington M, Molyneux L, Lawrence RG. Fact Checking the Campaign: How Political Reporters Use Twitter to Set the Record Straight (or Not). The International Journal of Press/Politics, 2014 (Vol 19, Iss 4) pp. 391-409. Copyright © 2014 (The Author(s)). DOI: 10.1177/1940161214540942.
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