Science and Health Fact-Checkers Put Pandemic Claims Under a Microscope

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In the face of a global pandemic, science and health fact-checking journalists are having their moment.

Over the past two decades, political claims and widespread hoaxes and rumors have dominated fact-checking journalism. Snopes began debunking online rumors in the 1990s. Other pioneers in the field, including Factcheck.org, PolitiFact and The Washington Post, started with a public policy focus — a niche that flourished around the world in the tumultuous political climates of the late 2010s.

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