File - This Dec. 1, 2016 file photo shows Kellyanne Conway prior to a forum at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Fact-checking more aggressive under TrumpThese days of alternative facts, phantom terrorist attacks and fake news are changing the way news organizations do their jobs. Media outlets are more aggressively fact-checking political statements – a function often pushed into the background when campaigns end – finding innovative new formats and seeing keen interest among consumers. Someday, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway's invocation of "alternative facts" on NBC's "Meet the Press" may be cited as a galvanizing moment for journalism.The Associated Press routinely publishes AP Fact Checks on political discourse.Similarly, readers Monday spent more time with a story examining President Donald Trump's claim about the media underplaying incidents of terrorism than they did with any other news item that day.If you don't believe stories in mainstream media anyway, are fact checks believable?Duke University professor Bill Adair, who helped start the PolitiFact.com website, noted the growth of fact-checking during the fall campaign and, in a column printed on Election Day, challenged journalists to keep it up. The AP is involved in another aspect of fact-checking, working with Facebook to flag dubious stories shared on the popular social media platform.Fact-checking isn't immune to persistent political efforts to undermine the authority of mainstream journalists, however.
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