Tue Jan 29, 2013, 09:49 PM
n2doc (36,444 posts)
Washington Postís Truth Teller and the future of robots doing journalism
BY DAVID HOLMES
ON JANUARY 29, 2013
At some point in the history of letters, fact-checking went from a foundational part of journalism to a specialization practiced by few to a buzzwordy media trend, alternately praised and dismissed depending on what politician was getting called out. During the 2012 election, a race notable for its high levels of deceit, fact-checking was especially prevalent, and the Washington Post, along with Politifact and Factcheck.org, were leaders in the field.
Now the Post has debuted a real-time fact-checking program called Truth Teller. It transcribes political speeches using voice-to-text technology and automatically cross-checks the speakerís claims against databases of facts, half-truths, and lies. In one example, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy repeats the well-worn claim that taxing the rich will result in the loss of 700,000 jobs. As he says this, the word ďFalseĒ materializes in big red letters along with a link to a blog post where the Postís resident fact-checker Glenn Kessler debunks the claim.
To be clear, the program is still a work in progress, but the Postís executive producer for digital news Cory Haik told Poynterís Craig Silverman, ďThe goal is to get closer to Ö real-time than what have now. Itís about robots helping us to do better journalism ó but still with journalists.Ē
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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 11:38 PM
Fumesucker (39,504 posts)
1. Hard to see how the robots could do much worse than what we have now
Maybe they should run the pundits blitherings through this program too although I suspect that a sustained barrage of David Brooks' articles would let the magic smoke out tout suite.