On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, it was announced that Check Your Fact will partner with Facebook as a fact checker. According to the Check Your Fact about page “Check Your Fact is a for-profit subsidiary wholly owned by The Daily Caller, Inc. Majority owners of The Daily Caller, Inc. are co-founder and publisher Neil Patel and co-founder Tucker Carlson.”
“The Daily Caller’s fact-checking team is funded by The Daily Caller’s general news budget, as well as revenue generated through advertising. Expenditures for Check Your Fact include employee salaries and website maintenance.”
Check your Fact became a signatory of the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) on 2/19/2019. The IFCN requires fact checkers to adhere to a strict set of standards when conducting fact checks. Some notable signatories are the Associated Press, Politifact, Snopes and Factcheck.org.
Media Bias Fact Check has rated the Daily Caller as strongly right biased in reporting and Mixed for factual reporting due to failed fact checks. However, Check Your Fact has a separate editorial team that adheres to the IFCN standards.
Read our updated review below.
These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Check Your Fact, Right-Center Biased based on fact check selection that slightly favors the Right and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and adherence to credible fact checking principles.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Check Your Fact is a part of the Daily Caller website and became an accepted signatory of the International Fact Checking Network on February 19, 2019. According to their about page Check Your Fact’s “Mission is a non-partisan one. We’re loyal to neither people nor parties — only the truth. And while the fact-checking industry continues to grow, there are still countless assertions that go unchecked. We exist to fill in the gaps.”
On April 17, 2019, Check Your Fact became an official fact checker for Facebook, joining the Associated Press, Factcheck.org, Lead Stories, Politifact, and Science Feedback.
Funded by / Ownership
According to their about page: “Check Your Fact is a for-profit, independent news product of The Daily Caller. We generate revenue for our mission through advertising. Decisions about what to investigate, as well as our conclusions, are guided only by our journalists.”
Analysis / Bias
In review, Check Your Fact tends to select fact checks that are more favorable to the Right. For example, they are more likely to select a True statement by a Republican and a False statement by a Democrat. This conveys a right leaning bias, but does not diminish the quality and veracity of the fact check. Check Your Fact uses appropriate neutral language in both headlines and articles such as this: FACT CHECK: DOES THE DEATH TAX ONLY APPLY TO ESTATES WORTH MORE THAN $11 MILLION?. Like all credible fact checkers they utilize proper sources and experts within the field to validate the claim they are fact checking.
As an accepted signatory of the IFCN, Media Bias Fact Check utilizes Check Your Fact to verify factual reporting of the sources we review.
Overall, we rate Check Your Fact, Right-Center Biased based on fact check selection that slightly favors the Right and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and adherence to credible fact checking principles. (D. Van Zandt 8/9/2018) Updated (4/18/2019)
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