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Straight Talk About PolitiFact’s 2016 Lie Of The Year

PolitiFact's editors decided to bestow their Lie of the Year title on the trend of fake news.
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Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia, speaking with Denis O'Hayer on “Morning Edition”

2016 was a vintage year for political lies. But PolitiFact’s editors decided to bestow their Lie of the Year title, not on a person or a political party, but on a trend: fake news.  

Deciding on what qualifies as fake news – and how to slow its spread – are quite difficult things to do. On “Morning Edition,” PolitiFact Georgia editor Jim Tharpe talked with Denis O’Hayer about how all of us can search for truth in an age of lies. PolitiFact Georgia’s work appears in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and on myajc.com.

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