* fact-checking

i just wanted to file this somewhere:

Time and The New Yorker began what would become a trend in American magazines. There are now fact-checking departments all over the country. While fear of lawsuits certainly motivates publishers to maintain these departments, most realize that they need checkers to keep their readers' good faith. Big errors may occasionally end up in court; small errors, such as wrong dates or incorrect name spellings, will be remarked on by thousands of people. If each reader begins to trust the publication a little less with every error, the eventual cost will be its reputation.

- from The Fact Checker's Bible, written by Sarah Harrison Smith

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