Poynter: For American fact-checkers working around gaps in government data, a lesson from Argentina

Poynter: For American fact-checkers working around gaps in government data, a lesson from Argentina. “Gaps in information frustrate the work of fact-checkers. But what about when a government agency creates them? ‘To know that the data has been tracked in the past and is maybe still tracked currently and is not being released — that just seems like a step backward,’ said Angie Holan, editor of PolitiFact (a project of the Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times). Her concern stems from a recent change to the FBI’s 2016 crime report, which FiveThirtyEight reports now has close to 70 percent fewer tables than the 2015 version. Among the data tables missing in the report — the first to come out under the Trump administration’s FBI — is specific information about arrests, homicides and the only national estimate of gang-related murders.”