Dr. Fauci and Brian Stelter to Headline PolitiFact Festival of Fact-Checking
The famous fact-checking organization PolitiFact just announced that it will be hosting what they are calling a “virtual festival of fact-checking.” The event will happen on May 10 - 13. Special guest hosts include Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and CNN’s Brian Stelter.
Event to Feature Variety of Professionals
Dubbed the “United Facts of America: A Festival of Fact-Checking,” PolitiFact wants to use the event to bring together a variety of professional journalists, fact-checkers, health care providers, and technology leaders to discuss how the spread of misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the crisis and what role facts need to play in the running of a successful democracy.
In addition to Fauci and Stelter, the virtual event will also feature question and answer sessions with Democratic Senator Mark Warner, author and mental health counselor Steven Hassan, Georgia elections official Gabriel Sterling, and more. The Washington Post and FactCheck.org will also have prevalent roles in the event, sharing their expertise and how the role of the media can influence the dissemination of information.
Early bird general tickets will sell for $25. If you miss the early bird deadline, you can purchase a ticket for $50. Or upgrade to the VIP experience for $100. This premium ticket includes a private virtual happy hour with Stelter and small group break-out sessions hosted by professional fact-checkers from PolitiFact.
The event will feature 10 hours of virtual programming.
PolitiFact has built a reputation as the premier fact-checking organization in the country. Originally an offshoot of the Tampa Bay Times, the non-profit group is now a part of the Poynter Institute.