The Washington Post's "TruthTeller"

Friday, February 15, 2013


Late last month, The Washington Post debuted "The Truthteller," an application that it hopes will soon be able to fact-check politicians' speeches in real time using speech-to-text technology and a vast database of facts. Brooke talks to Cory Haik, The Washington Post's executive producer for digital news, about the app.


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Comments [4]

Tanvi Mody

Had the same thought as Doug Rorem when I heard this week's episode of OTM. How ironic is it that you played the story of Washington Post's Truthteller couple of stories after their false report on nationwide wifi and did not think of asking the truth teller about it?

Feb. 17 2013 10:24 AM
Doug Rorem

I guess you don't see the irony in running a story on the Washington Post's TruthTeller right after your story that they themselves misled (and never properly corrected) on a story about new nationwide WiFi???? Short memory? I'm sure if you asked TruthTeller a question about stories appearing the Washington Post they'd all come up 100% factual.

Feb. 16 2013 04:17 PM

"...a small mid-day rally, people who took a little time off from off their work and here you have an elected member of Congress not being on the level with them. Had they known, they could have said, hey wait a second, that's not exactly right...."

Compare that to the President in June 2012 holding televised press conference in front of professional journalists regarding an Executive Order on illegal immigration that Obama himself said the previous year that he did not have the constitutional power to order.
No questions are taken from the journalists except for one reporter who in effect shouts
"hey wait a second..." and is roundly condemned for extreme rudeness by his colleagues.

Funny how a handful of people on their lunch break listening to Bachmann are expected to be more informed and have more initiative then professional journalists who have the high status job of covering the President.
Of course if it was a progressive Democrat and not a conservative the private citizens were pointedly confronting, it would have been called uncivil and menacing by the news media.

Feb. 16 2013 01:52 PM

So after years of mendacity from Obama, Reid and Pelosi who are wielding massive power to the tune of trillions of dollars impacting millions of people, Michele Bachman uttering something "not exactly right" in front of forty people suddenly sparks extreme frustration with falsity and demands for the exact truth provided by dashing truth seekers? Is it really lies that cause frustration for some fact checkers or the person saying them?

As with the tax increases under Reagan, what often gets left on the fact checking floor is historical context and strategic compromise with a then powerful Democratic controlled House. Such contextual omissions leaves the low information voter with a misleading narrative which can be molded into a specious conclusion by those with a political agenda. It also distracts from the highly questionable financial policies of the current President which is impacting Americans now.

The word Orwellian gets thrown around a great deal but what captures it more than an automated voice speaking the "truth" prompted by someone behind the curtain?
Meanwhile, "false positives" travel around the world while reality is getting its boots on.

Feb. 16 2013 11:17 AM

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