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Fact Checking Policy

Our Process

 

At WGGC-FM/Heritage Communications, we follow a process when we select, research, write, edit and, if necessary, correct our articles.

 

Selection

When selecting material to write about, we seek to devote an equal amount of time reviewing claims. We do that by reviewing statements they make in the same venues.

 

Our sources include:

 

We review transcripts of the Sunday talk shows on the major networks and cable stations. (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, NASH Country Daily, Taste of Country, CMT, GAC, E network, MTV, and other varying entertainment publications)

 

Readers. We answer questions from readers in a feature we call WGGC.com

 

For more information, please email: digital@wggc.com  

 

Research

We systematically go through transcripts and videos looking for statements based on facts. Once we find a statement that we suspect may be inaccurate or misleading, we will engage – or attempt to engage – with the person or organization that is being fact-checked. The burden is on the person or organization making the claim to provide the evidence to support it.

 

If the supporting material shows that statement is accurate, we will drop it and move on to something else. Our mission is to reduce the level of deception and confusion, so we focus on claims that are false or misleading.

 

If the supporting material does not support the claim or if no evidence is provided, then we will conduct research of our own.

 

We rely on primary sources of information like: ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, NASH Country Daily, Taste of Country, CMT, GAC, E network, MTV, and other varying entertainment publications.

 

Our goal is to use the best evidence.

 

Editing

After a story is written, it goes through several layers of editing and review:

 

Line editing. A line editor reviews the story for content. Is context missing? Is the writing clear? Is the word choice accurate?

 

Copy editing. A copy editor reviews the story for proper style and grammar.

 

Fact-checking. A fact-checker goes through the story line by line, word by word, to make sure that every fact is correct and every statement we make and conclusion we draw is accurate and based on the evidence. All of our stories contain hyperlinks to source material, so that readers can check our facts.

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