Nieman Lab: Fact-checking can’t do much when people’s “dueling facts” are driven by values instead of knowledge

Nieman Journalism Lab: Fact-checking can’t do much when people’s “dueling facts” are driven by values instead of knowledge. “This has serious implications for American democracy. As political scientists, we wonder: How can a community decide the direction they should go if they can’t agree on where they are? Can people holding dueling facts be brought into some semblance of consensus? To figure that out, it’s important to determine where such divergent beliefs come from in the first place. This is the perspective we began with: If dueling fact perceptions are driven by misinformation from politicians and pundits, then one would expect things to get better by making sure that people have access to correct information — via fact-checking by news organizations, for example.”

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