Fact-checking en francais

Yesterday we brought you an in-depth look at how PolitiFact has come under siege from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. In defending her frequent slams on the truth detectors under the umbrella of the Tampa Bay Times, Maddow said this:

...if they can’t get better (and it seems to me like they’re getting worse, not better), it would be better for the country if they ceased to exist. As long as they are the nationally-branded exemplar of what it means to ‘rate the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics,’ no one will take that job seriously. And we ought to.”

Emphasis added to note understatement: Maddow may now have to concede that PolitiFact is the internationally branded exemplar of the trade. After all, this story on France24.com notes that the Veritometre and other similar ventures in France take their “inspiration” from PolitiFact. How long, then, before the Veritometre draws fire from France’s very own Rachelle Maddeau?

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.

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