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From Where I Stand
With a media war in progress, citizens need a reliable guide through the minefields of misinformation that abound. And to the rescue comes chequeado.com.
I have been following this wonderful Website for several weeks and had the pleasure of meeting two of its founders who preside over a team of researcher-journalists. The team brings youth, experience and enthusiasm to the Website's commitment to veracity. I couldn't have been more impressed. To the eyes of this former editor, they seem a dream team.
They are able to do on Chequeado what they could do on the kind of newspaper I can only dream about. They have the time, the independence and the backing that allows them to check out the news and the views that the media provide. It is a delight to come across such crisp (but certainly not crispado) writing and such cool analysis.
The range of topics is wide and the subjects diverse. To give an idea of the variety of issues Chequeado takes on, currently there is examination of the criticism by PRO Deputy Gabriela Michetti that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner plays "a man's game" in politics and doesn't have "a feminine style" Chequeado rates the statements of politicians and people in the news according to their veracity. After an analysis of Deputy Michetti's theory it was dismissed as: False.
Chequeado’s lack of bias is refreshing. For balance, President Cristina Fernández, as she is referred to, is taken to task for giving the wrong date for the founding of the Frankfurt School of thinkers when she spoke at the Book Fair in that city.
You will also learn that in regard to inflation the number crunchers at private firms that are often quoted in the press are no more reliable than INDEC, the discredited state statistics institute. They exaggerate, while INDEC minimizes inflation. Perspective is also brought to the controversies over pensions, security, the budget, the Supreme Court and many other matters of public concern, which are given seven ratings ranging from True to False.
The pleasing design of the Website, which is amusing without diminishing its seriousness, incorporates succinct biographies of people in power and a look back at issues that have faded like the plan to transfer the national capital to Viedma, the "bullet train" and the Senate bribery scandal. You can send in a checked fact of your own and also ask for a fact to be checked. And, if you access through Google Chrome, you can read an English translation of the Website. So check it out at http://www.chequeado.com/
It's calming to know that in a tiny office near the Obelisk there are well-intentioned people trying to think through the alarming cacophony of media chatter.