How fact-checkers are dealing with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

This segment originally aired Oct. 19, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

VICE News visited the PolitiFact office on Sept. 26 to see what it’s like to watch a presidential debate with a group of fact-checkers.

The 2016 campaign has featured so many lies that many have dubbed it the “post-truth” election, but fact-checkers are still in demand. “Everybody’s on duty on debate night,” PolitiFact editor Angie Drobnic Holan said. “It’s not just our biggest traffic of the year — it’s our biggest traffic of four years.”

Many of the dubious claims Holan’s team encountered that night had already been fact-checked in previous months, but she hasn’t lost faith in the process. “I do my duty like every citizen; I do vote,” she said. “Frankly, working as a fact-checker has made me more appreciative of the fact that public policy is really complex.”

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