[Ed. – This is a nod to new media. Reporters and news organizations can’t get away anymore with sloppy fact-checking for their articles. There’s always someone to call them out, when they botch easily checked collateral facts.]
With greater scrutiny on media accuracy than ever, The New York Times has added a new, never-before-heard-of position to its D.C. bureau: fact-checker.
“Given how much copy we’re moving these days, given how intense the atmosphere is, we’re just doubling down on making sure everything is as airtight as it can be,” said Peter Baker, the Times’ chief White House correspondent. “It’s probably long overdue.”
Though fact-checkers are common at magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, they are all but unheard of at newspapers or breaking news sites. Baker said that, in his nearly 30-year run at the Times and Washington Post, he had never come across one. Bill Grueskin, a Columbia Journalism School professor who previously worked as one of The Wall Street Journal’s top editors, said he also had never heard of the position at a newspaper.