Fact-checking the Political Spin

How the Experts Get at the Truth


Thursday, October 13, 2016

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Robert W. Woodruff Library | 540 Asbury Circle | Atlanta, GA 30322

“Pants on Fire.” “Four Pinocchios.” Now, more than ever, journalists are holding politicians accountable for fictitious claims, half-truths and dubious innuendo. And readers and audiences are hungry for this type of watchdog media. What are the tools these experts use to sift through the political spin, and what are the sources they trust? What can the average voter or informed citizen do to determine if political rhetoric is simply that? Our panel of experts will discuss where they turn, who they trust, and what sources are the most reliable. And for historical perspective, is this the most fact-challenged presidential campaign in US history? Or are gross exaggerations and half-truths an enduring part of the political landscape? 

Pre-Event Reception | 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Formal Program | 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Post-event reception | 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Special guest speakers (left to right in photo) from Emory faculty and local media:

Andra Gillespie
Emory Associate Professor, Political Science
Director, James Weldon Johnson Institute
Andra Gillespie’s courses and research cover African American politics, particularly the politics of the post-Civil Rights generation of leadership, and political participation. In addition to her academic work, Gillespie provides regular commentary for local and national news outlets.

Jim Tharpe
Editor, PolitiFact Georgia
Jim Tharpe began work at the AJC in 1999 after previously working as an editor and reporter in Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama. At the AJC, he has written about everything from state and national government to the airline industry to whale sharks. 

Nancy Leung
Senior Editor, CNN’s Reality Check
Leung works with correspondents and producers across the globe to ensure stories on all of the network’s platforms are accurate and well-told.  For the past year, she has also helped lead CNN’s Reality Check team to verify the claims of the 2016 presidential candidates.

Crystal Edmonson 95C, Moderator

Broadcast Editor, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Crystal Edmonson keeps her finger on the pulse of business in Atlanta. She’s Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Broadcast Editor and host of the paper’s weekly television program “BIZ,” which airs Sundays at 11AM on 11Alive.

Attendees are asked to park in Fishburne Parking Deck

Contact Information

Alex Wan and Jason Lowery