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West Virginia University fact checkers cut their teeth on Trump |

West Virginia University fact checkers cut their teeth on Trump

| Monday, October 1, 2018 4:42 p.m

The Donald would approve.

At least, it seems as though President Donald Trump, he of the frequent “fake news” call-outs, might be pleased with the direction West Virginia University is taking its journalism students.

WVU and PolitiFact , the Pulitzer Prizing-winning news organization which pioneered modern fact checking, are collaborating on a program that trains students in the fine art of fact checking.

The students, led by Professor Bob Britten and senior PolitiFact correspondent Lou Jacobson, got their first taste of reality when they set out to cover Trump’s Aug. 21 rally in Charlestown, W.Va.

PolitiFact fact checkers examine claims from speech transcripts, press releases, campaign literature, TV ads and social media to determine just how truthful the claims included in them are.

Given PolitiFact’s history, it’s a pretty good bet the West Virginia students can back up every ranking as “true,” “mostly true,” “half true,” “mostly false,” “false” or “pants on fire.”

After a quick read through Politifact , it looks as though the students found the president’s comments “false” five times, “mostly true” four times and “true” twice. At least there were no “pants on fire” ratings.

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