ABC launches Fact Check website

Public broadcaster the ABC has launched its ABC Fact Check website today.

The announcement: 

Today the ABC deepens its coverage of news and current affairs with the launch of the ABC Fact Check website.

Fact Check assesses the accuracy of claims made by politicians, public figures, advocacy groups and significant institutions engaged in the national conversation.

The purpose of Fact Check is to provide clarity and understanding around contentious issues in the public debate. The focus will be on statements that can be tested rather than opinion and inflated political statements
made in the heat of the election campaign.

John Barron, an accomplished and respected journalist and television presenter, will present determinations across ABC media platforms – television, radio, online, Facebook and Twitter.

John is a familiar face to viewers of The Drum, Planet America and to listeners on ABC NewsRadio.

Fact Check Editor Russell Skelton said ABC Fact Check would strive to provide context, insight and understanding to the claims made. “We will avoid gotcha journalism and embarrassing slips and examine the issues we believe resonate with the public debate. Our interest is in the accuracy and relevancy of claims rather than pontificating on what is true or false with tabloid descriptions,” Skelton said.

Skelton said all deliberations would be transparent and evidence based with sources being clearly stated and linked to. “We know the accuracy of statements can change with time and that people can have differing interpretations of events and statistics. We will revise and update conclusions in the light of changing circumstances and new information..”

Audience Fact Check suggestions and feedback can be posted at abc.net.au/factcheck/contact

Source: ABC media release


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