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    • Who is this Florence King?
    • When was she born? Has she recently died?
    • Are your sure her first name isn't Florance?
    • There is no annotation for the 1977 TV miniseries Roots which was an adaptation of Alex Haley's novel of the same name that followed the emancipation of the slave Kunta Kinte.
    • Without citation, the closing ancedote about the Harper's factchecker devolves into apocrypha.

    With the services of a credentialed factchecker, problems like the ones noted above can be avoided.

  • It's funny that she should bring up the New Yorker. My brief moment of fame was many years ago when a piece in Talk of the Town referred to me as "perhaps the Monty Python scholar in America today". This stemmed from my taking notes at an extensive Python screening at the Museum of Broadcasting. I got a call from a fact checker asking, in part, if I had been using a yellow legal pad. I figured it was an odd question, but I answered that, no, it was in fact a white legal pad. Despite bothering to ask, t
    • They were apparently trying to ensure it was wrong. That's what happens when fact checkers are used for evil.

      You are what you think.