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Thu Sep 3, 2015, 10:48 PM

Inside ‘the Bloodhound’: Why Mexico’s fact-checking experiment should scare politicians everywhere

Inside ‘the Bloodhound’: Why Mexico’s fact-checking experiment should scare politicians everywhere
James Fredrick
on Sep 3, 2015 @ 3:45 PM



MEXICO CITY — Mexico is finally at peace, if you ask the president.

“Today, it is a fact that violence is decreasing in Mexico,” President Enrique Peña Nieto said Wednesday, in a section of his state of the nation address titled “Mexico in Peace.”

Then he claimed that last year’s homicide numbers had dropped 24 percent since 2012.

Cue the fact-checkers.

Gathered around a table watching the live feed in another part of the capital, a group of skeptics are shaking their heads, and get to work crunching numbers. It’s their job to sniff out true and false from the president’s speech.

Meet El Sabueso — Spanish for “The Bloodhound.” Organized by influential news website Animal Politico and public policy center Mexico Evalua, they’ve brought together 60 journalists, researchers, students, statisticians and Mexicans from various backgrounds for the massive task of fact-checking this two-hour speech.

Animal Politico launched El Sabueso as an online column at the beginning of 2015 in the spirit of fact-checkers like Politifact. Every couple weeks, it takes a statement from a Mexican politician and ranks it on a scale from “True” to “Deceptive” all the way down to “Ridiculous.”

More:
http://www.globalpost.com/article/6642189/2015/09/03/mexico-fact-check-president

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Thu Sep 3, 2015, 10:52 PM

1. Wouldn't that make the news and commentary programs fun! nt

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Thu Sep 3, 2015, 11:17 PM

2. That would make a great t.v. show!

Like Jeopardy, only the questions will be current and relevant and the contestants would have access to data bases!

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