Monday, November 20, 2017

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Joshua Gillin

Joshua Gillin

Joshua Gillin is a staff writer for PolitiFact, PunditFact and the Tampa Bay Times, and former staff writer for PolitiFact Florida. He previously was a reporter, editor and blogger for tbt*, the daily tabloid edition of the Times, and has written about media news (and taught a couple classes about fact-checking) for The Poynter Institute. Gillin graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in print journalism, but has since appeared on TV and radio hundreds of times. He has taught classes and hosted forums about fact-checking at several schools and universities. Before moving to the Tampa Bay area, Gillin worked in many writing and editing capacities in news, sports and features at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.



Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers (82) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrate a touchdown in the final seconds of the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in Arlington, Texas.

PunditFact: Donald Trump did not kill NFL's tax-exempt status by executive action

The statement"President Trump signs executive order stripping NFL of 'non-profit' status."Bloggers, Oct. 9 in a headlineThe rulingA news story that asserts President Donald Trump's feud with the...
Updated one month ago
Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers (82) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrate a touchdown in the final seconds of the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

PunditFact: Donald Trump did not kill NFLís tax-exempt status by executive action

The statement"President Trump signs executive order stripping NFL of Ďnon-profití status."Bloggers, Oct. 9 in a headlineThe rulingA news story that asserts President Donald Trumpís feud with the National Football League led...
Updated one month ago
Ad services that serve up clickbait content known as “chum” may look legitimate at first, but are actually generating money for fake news sites like DailyNews10.com. The only thing that matters is the reader must keep clicking.

PunditFact: How clickbait ads make money for fake news sites

Clicks for cash can mean easy money for web-sites that don't worry much about actual facts.
Updated: 2 months ago
PolitiFact: Fact-checking death rates for working-class America

PolitiFact: Fact-checking death rates for working-class America

The statement"(For) white working-class America, death rates among white men are up 20 percent."Alex Castellanos, Aug. 20 on ABC's This WeekThe rulingCastellanos sent us articles from the New...
Updated: 3 months ago
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., joined by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., meets with reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) DCSA107

PunditFact: Fake news story twists Paul Ryan's words on poor people's health care coverage

The statementSays Paul Ryan, left, said that 22 million Americans "choose to be poor, so it's their own problem if they can't afford to be healthy."Newslo.com, June 28 in an Internet postThe rulingA...
Updated: 4 months ago
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio makes a point as Democratic challenger Rep. Patrick Murphy listens during the U.S. Senate debate on Monday at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Fact-checking wild (and fake) news about Florida on Facebook

For a state well-known as a hotbed for bizarre true occurrences, Florida is the setting for a healthy number of fake news stories, too.We've been fact-checking fake news stories in cooperation with Facebook for several months, and there's been...
Updated: 4 months ago
Christopher Blair is the blogger who writes for TheLastLineOfDefense.org.

PolitiFact: If you're fooled by fake news, this man probably wrote it

If you've seen a fake news story on the Internet, there's a good chance it came from the mind of a 45-year-old Maine man who umpires Little League games.Barack Obama arrested for wiretapping Donald Trump! Clinton Foundation ship caught...
Updated: 6 months ago