“I had two main goals when I began writing this book: to expose the fact-checking industry for the fraud that it is and to provide an archive of their errors extensive enough to discredit them once and for all.” In his new book, Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers, Matt Palumbo accomplished exactly what he set out to do.
Palumbo’s latest book is to fact-checking what Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago was to Soviet Communism. The Gulag Archipelago’s gruesome account of life in Soviet Russia dealt a deathblow to waning intellectual support for Communism by forcing readers to reckon with the chasm between Communism’s lofty promises and realities of Siberian forced-labor camps. Likewise, Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers demolishes the remaining credibility of the fact-checking industry with page after page of demonstrable fact-checking falsehoods by the industry’s biggest names. Readers can expect to be besieged by re-emerging memories of misleading, and often outright false, fact checks that the “disinformation experts” would prefer them to forget.
The Deep Dark History of “Fact-Checking”
In Part One, Palumb …