Expert says to double check, fact checking sites

Our podcast "What the Media?!!?" explores how to look at the standards and financial backing of fact checking organizations
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ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOX) - Fact checking sites have had an explosion in popularity in recent years.

"I feel like we're in a golden age of fact-checking because people are much more interested in it now than they were before," says media literacy expert Julie Smith, "In 2015, there were only 44 fact checking organizations. And now there are 195. So I think that this is a good thing because it encourages people to talk about it. It's a discussion that we should be having as a society."

Some of the most popular include Snopes, FactCheck.org, AllSides, Open Secrets, and Politifact.

In the latest "What the Media?!!?" podcast, part of the KMOX Media Literacy Project, Smith and KMOX's Megan Lynch ask who's is fact checking the fact checkers?

Smith points out, "the big question is, how do we know what the fact checking sites tell us is true? ...you really have to dig deep into some of these sites to figure out who's behind them and who's running them."

Smith recommends following the money. She also says it's beneficial to look at what their process and standards are for fact checking. Finally, Smith adds it's always beneficial to check more than one fact checking site.

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