Donald Trump and the Shortcomings of Fact-Checking
This project looks at the relationship between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and fact-checking journalism. Despite widespread fact-checking amidst the 2016 presidential election, Trump continues to dominate at the polls. He dishes out lie after lie with no noticeable drops in support. Why is this the case? Fact-checking journalism, a niche in the industry dedicated to checking the statements of politicians for validity, is as popular as ever. In my research, I looked at the history of fact-checking, the public's declining trust in the media, and how the public reacts to corrective information to try and grasp Trump's immunity to fact-checkers.