Accuracy in Media

The New York Times Washington D.C. bureau has thrown down the gauntlet to its brethren in the newspaper business by hiring its first-ever fact-checker.

“Given how much copy we’re moving these days, given how intense the atmosphere is, we’re just doubling down on making sure everything is as airtight as it can be,” said Peter Baker, the Times’ chief White House correspondent told Politico.  “It’s probably long overdue.”

Politico noted that while fact-checkers are common at magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, they are all but unheard of at newspapers or breaking news sites.

Baker said he had never seen one at a newspaper in his nearly 30-year career.

The fact-checker, Emily Cochrane, was hired as an intern in August to keep up with the Trump-era news crush according to Times Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, who then decided to keep her on permanently to do”fact-checking on deadline” to help minimize mistakes.

Cochrane won’t be checking every story, but works nightly on the bigs ones and can log into the system and check reporters in real time according to Bumiller.

Baker said that Cochrane is essentially looking over his shoulder electronically while he’s writing a story on deadline and has found mistakes when he has been just a few paragraphs in, which he finds invaluable.

Cochrane’s role has been so successful that Bumiller said that the paper plans for her duties to be extended to the office’s news assistants, of which there’s at least one working every night.

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  • jg collins

    This is SOOOOO bogus. Reporters are supposed to be dealing in facts, period. Fact-finding and verification are part of their job. Except at the NYT, it isn’t, because the NYT has an AGENDA. This job is probably a token position, so they can claim “All our stories are checked by our Minister of Truth, Baghdad Bob…er, Emily Cochrane, so that fib we’re planning to tell about Trump MUST BE TRUE!!” The agenda won’t go away. It’s impossible for the NYT to get out of the bubble. They’ve corrupted themselves with their own lies.

    Being a fact-checker at the NYT will be about as much fun as heading a Gestapo PR program in Naziland.

  • Alberta Ed

    Long overdue? Fact checking is what genuine reporters are supposed to do! The NYT, WaPo, LA Times, (along with CNN, NBC) and similar left-Lib rags long ago strayed from the path of true journalism. They’re hardly fit to wrap fish with these days.

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  • mioahu

    Oh Ok, so now I can start reading the NYSlimes , cause they will not be biased. Sure NYSlimes, awesome !