My latest piece for The Atlantic - What Do Fact-Checkers and Anesthesiologists Have In Common?
IN A CULTURE that favors sensation, the fact checker is an anomaly, perhaps even anathema. He is the brakes on editors and writers racing toward deadline intent on dazzling readers at the expense of edifying them. He is the schoolmarm tsk tsking. He is the public defender for the unrepresented, the downtrodden, the forgotten—the facts.
*Yes, as someone pointed out in the comments thread to the piece, I’m aware the photo is of a copy editor’s marks, but fact-checkers use the same marks and often help with copy editing too. So there!