There is so much wrong
in Austrian politics. Nobody really questions that. Journalism and politics
are too closely tied. And so, a lot of the time,
journalists won’t hurt politicians. You know that they know better and they just tell this
to achieve a certain goal and that makes me mad
and that should be corrected. Hi there, everybody. People say that the media lie,
but is that really true? Today we’re going to Fakt is Fakt, a
fact checking organisation in Vienna. They go through different
news messages to check if what politicians are saying,
is true. And how do they do that?
Let’s see. That is actually one of the worse
regarding fake news. No, but it is the most influential. This is the largest newspaper
of Austria. So it is not fake news,
but it is not so… And they’re exaggerating, like
‘storms of migrants coming in’. It is not so fake as others. We also have this.
It is called Österreich. Sometimes they get it
completely wrong, but in general it is just
not quality journalism. It is like clickbait
but with a newspaper. 37 % of the Austrian population thinks
they see fake news every day I want to take one of this
and one of this, but this is 60 cents and this is one
is 1,20 en I have no change. We are funding fake news. So, how sophisticated are
the fake messages that they spread? Is it easy to bust a lie? I think that the really false ones,
where they just invent numbers or when they come up with
completely wrong numbers, are quite easy. But what is difficult,
are those in-betweens. Sometimes maybe
the numbers are true, but what they make out of the
meaning of it, is completely false or the other way around.
And that is for us to determine… Anyone wants a beer? No, thanks. Beer, anyone? Welcome to Vienna. Difficult is when they use numbers
that are not completely off but slightly off
to portray different meanings. And that’s sometimes
where we, as journalists, discuss a lot
if it is true or if it is wrong. And it is a process
we can never really close. We have to do it
with every factcheck again. How important is it for you guys
to be independent? Very. Many opportunities to get
financed by public institutions are very closely tied to a party. That is not something we would want.
– It would not work if we weren’t. Are you planning
to write an article today? Yes. We have something in sight.
– Okay. We had this discussion in Austria
about a national holiday just for a specific religious group
that they wanted to cancel. One of the politicians said
that Austria is one of the countries with the most holidays. And we want to have a look
if it is true or not. But this is just one source.
It says 17, something isn’t right. I found something with the Dutch,
German and French figures. The Official Journal of the EU… This is information about holidays
from the European Commission, last changed on 17th March. I’ll count Belgium,
Philip will count Bulgaria. It seems like it takes a lot of time.
What makes this worth it? A lot of people leave school
and know a lot of things but they don’t know how
to do verification on the internet and when to believe
or not believe something. We can educate people with it because we have a serious influence
with our readers. So you guys are fighting the battle
for normal people? I guess so.
– That sounds very noble, but yes. I really get excited when I see:
Oh, it was a lie and I corrected it. So Belgium has the most holidays
and Austria is in the middle, so it is definitively
not in the top field when we made this infographic. And so, now we will publish. And now it is on our site.
– All right. Now it is up.
Mission accomplished. Yes. How does your family or your
girlfriend or your boyfriend react to you putting all the time and effort
in this? He just texted me
to ask when I come home. But I think they are all proud. My mom is always the first
to hit the like button. She is the fastest liker. There you go, the amazing world
of fact checking. Very interesting, but subscribe
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