Fact checking elections
With Angie Drobnic Holan.
Editor-in-chief of US-based Politifact, Angie Drobnic Holan, joins us to talk about fact checking in a tense political environment. Election cycles anywhere in the world can generate waves of misinformation and disinformation, but the US Presidential election in November 2020 and its aftermath created work for fact checkers and turned up the pressure on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Angie will talk about her experience in the US, while journalist and lecturer Leona O’Neill and former UUP communications director Alex Kane bring local perspectives on the use and abuse of facts in Northern Ireland’s political situation. Chaired by FactCheckNI’s executive director Orna Young.
Leona O’Neill is a lecturer in journalism at Ulster University. With over 23 years of journalism, she has worked for the Belfast Telegraph, Irish News, Q Radio and Al Jazeera.
Alex Kane was director of communications at the Ulster Unionist Party until 2010 and is a political columnist, commentator and Sherlock Holmes enthusiast.
Angie Drobnic Holan is editor of PolitiFact having joined at its launch in 2007. She was a reporter on the team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for their fact-checking of the 2008 US presidential election. She teaches digital essentials for journalism at Georgetown University and regularly appears on national television and radio shows to discuss fact-checking.