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Antonio Rinaldi

I think that fact checking (or more precisely, the kind of fact checking that is the current trend today) is overestimated, for several reasons:
1) it ends up to give fake news an importance that they don't deserve, while it should be better to ignore them and focus our attention on otther topics (https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-great-attention-heist/)
2) fake news shouldn't need fact checking because their falseness is self evident, while bullshit can be fought without resort to technical arguments (http://callingbullshit.org/case_studies/case_study_ml_sexual_orientation.html), but appealing to logical reasoning;
3) it states the equivalence (at least in the articles I've read) facts=numbers, as if todays there isn't so much abundance of numbers that almost everyone could choose the ones that agree with his point of view.
That's why I think that your work is unvaluable, because you investigate beyond the numbers; you don't simply evoke facts, but you are aimed at revealing the scenario that explains the observed facts. This is the real plus that I don't see in fact checking.


AR: #1 Yes, I use "fact checking" loosely and don't mean literally checking facts because I believe there are few objective "facts". #2 Falseness is not self evident, otherwise people won't believe and spread those stories. Falseness is self evident to those who disbelieve the news, and not so to those who want to believe it. This is part of the challenge of dealing wiht fake news. #3 Like you, I think simple logic is sometimes more powerful than math to fight nonsense. Numbers may help but anyone who comes to this blog knows that numbers are not objective.

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