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A new role for media, academics, and experts: call it Corrections Canada 

By Susan Riley      

This pre-election period in Canada needs several Daniel Dales, news organizations that will assign an individual, or a team, to full-time research of incendiary political claims.

The media, academics, independent experts from all professions, can play a role in a national round of fact-checking—and the work needs to start immediately. From now until the October election, the facts must hit the fan. In the United States, they already have. Last week’s State of the Union address by U.S. President Donald Trump set off a ticker-tape of real-time fact-checking on Twitter, by everyone from The New York Times, to the networks, to intellectual magazines, individuals and, of course, political opponents of Trump’s. Photograph courtesy of Flickr

CHELSEA, QUE.—There has always been distortion and exaggeration in political campaigning—along with personal slurs, simplistic slogans, and misleading advertising. What is different now is the level of shamelessness that attends this dispiriting ritual. Even when blatant errors are pointed out, political leaders are loathe to retreat, or withdraw.

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