Science Feedback ‘Fell Short’ Of International Fact-Checking Network’s Standards In Fact Check On Live Action

The Daily Caller | 9/27/2019 | Staff
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A science organization that fact-checked Live Action content “fell short” of International Fact-Checking Network standards, the IFCN announced Friday.

The IFCN initiated an investigation on Sept. 11 into whether Health Feedback, an arm of the verified IFCN signatory Science Feedback, had violated its non-partisanship and fairness standards. The investigation found Science Feedback fell short of the standards when fact-checking the anti-abortion organization’s founder Lila Rose.

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“The failure to declare to their readers that two individuals who assisted Science Feedback, not in writing the fact-check but in reviewing the evidence, had positions within advocacy organizations, and the failure to clarify their role to readers, fell short of the standards required of IFCN signatories,” a Poynter Institute press release said. The IFCN is a unit of the nonprofit journalism school and research organization, the Poynter Institute.

“This has been communicated to Science Feedback,” it added.

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A spokesman from Poynter emphasized to the Daily Caller News Foundation that Science Feedback did not violate its Code of Principles.

“The failure to disclose those two affiliations were not among the best practices required by our code of principles,” the spokesman told the DCNF. “But since their fact-check was written by their science editor and the scientists’ role was limited to reviewing the evidence, there was no decision made by IFCN to take any ramifications against them.”

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The IFCN brought on an independent assessor to review the fact check: assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Lebanese American University Sarphan Uzunoglu, who the IFCN said “has never taken ‘pro-choice’ advocacy positions.”

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