Tech & Check Alerts

Tech & Check Alerts is a free service of the Duke Reporters’ Lab that wades through hours and hours of cable news to make life easier for U.S. fact-checkers.

It automatically sorts through transcripts to find claims made by politicians and other newsmakers on TV and identify the ones most likely to be worth fact-checking. Then it delivers the top 15 claims in a daily email to journalists at FactCheck.org, PolitiFact, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Associated Press and other outlets that regularly report on the accuracy of statements made by politicians and other public figures.

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EXAMPLE #2

FACT-CHECKS BASED ON ALERT: 
"Trump's 'Deficit Reduction'" - FactCheck.org
"The White House's spin that its budget reduces the deficit by $3 trillion" - The Washington Post


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EXAMPLE #4

FACT-CHECK BASED ON ALERT: "Does the Palestinian Authority pay $350 million a year to ‘terrorists and their families’?" - The Washington Post

The fact-check focuses on a statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler told us his reporting on this particular claim began a month earlier, after he saw a related statement by the prime minister’s spokesman, David Keyes, in our Feb. 13 alert.

EXAMPLE #5

FACT-CHECK BASED ON ALERT: "A closer look at payments to Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen" - PolitiFact