From Publishers Weekly
How do those incomparable fact-checkers at the New Yorker do it? Smith used to be one of them (shes now head fact-checker for the New York Times Magazine), and in this tidy little volume, she shares the secrets of her craft. And even for those dont aspire to be a journalist or researcher, Smiths tips are useful: in an information-logged world, we all ought to be able to determine the reliability of what we read. She opens with an excellent lesson in the art of skeptical reading ("do you find the article credible and persuasive?
. Occasionally, flat writing can be a tip-off that an author is parroting someone elses ideas"), and she offers a useful discussion of fact-checking procedures at some top newspapers and magazines and helpful (though not comprehensive) lists of reliable resources in subjects ranging from films to wine. Much of the book, however, is for professionals, and the journalists, fact-checkers, researchers and editors at whom this is aimed should find it nearly indispensable.
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“The indispensable guide to the field. Smith’s abundant common sense, her relentless zeal for the truth, not to mention her exquisite sense of fairness, make her book a godsend for researchers and writers alike” –-Jeffrey Toobin