Telling the Truth

Exploring the many facets of being honest

With Twitter and other social media forms now connecting our globe in instantaneous communication, fact-checking or information verification is a much needed and growing industry. Its processes regularly surface in the presence of baseless assertions, filtered opinions, doctored statistics, alternative facts, biased propaganda, “fake news,” and an increasing insensitivity to white lies.

That last category came starkly to the public’s attention with a recent admission by Hope Hicks, then White House communication secretary. In a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee (Feb. 27, …

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