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Opinion: Post-Trump, the need for fact checking isn't going away

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

John Avon writes that even if President-elect Joe Biden is not going to be the single largest driver of misinformation in the country, the need for fact checking is not going away anytime soon.

SE Cupp talks to CNN Senior Political Analyst John Avlon about all this and more in our CNN Digital video discussion, but first Avlon tackles the future of fact checking in a CNN Opinion op-ed.

The sheer velocity of Donald Trump's false and misleading statements -- along with the proliferation of disinformation on social media -- have demanded significant fact-checking to defend liberal democracy.

But will the need for fact checking lose its urgency when Trump leaves the White House?

But it's not exactly got the moral urgency of fact checking the President's retweet of baseless Osama Bin Laden conspiracy theories, or blaming rising Covid-19 infection rates on more testing, or demanding the investigation of political opponents, or saying that Joe Biden is "against God" -- all in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign.

But even if President-elect Biden is not going to be found the "single largest driver" of coronavirus misinformation in the world, as a Cornell University study declared Trump, the need for fact checking is not going away.

And, of course, every administration needs to be held to account by the press, even if not every president calls journalists "the enemy of the people. " That's why we need to not just fact check, but add perspective -- the very thing we have least of in our politics today -- offered up with a bit of history and humor, as I try to do with my daily Reality Checks on CNN's "New Day. "

It's the part of news that people need most now, the tip of the spear that fights for the idea that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts.

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